Am I on cauliflower spree or what? The last recipe I posted was Cauliflower (gobi) ka keema and now its Cauliflower sambhar! Well, what can I say? I just love this flower so much.
I also love Sambars and make them almost every week. And why not? They are a great way to have lentils and vegetables altogether in one bowl, together with wonderful taste.
The best part is the variety that you can keep up with this dish. Throwing in any vegetables that you like as per the proportion and taste YOU like. Its really awesome!
Some other dishes where I have combined vegetables with lentils- Chana dal shaljam (turnip with chana dal) | Lauki chane ki dal (bottle guard with chana dal) | Palak chana dal (spinach with chana dal) | Chana dal Paneer
Mostly for Sambar, I like to mix whatever vegetables I have in hand but at times I go specific and prepare a version of Sambar with just one veggie like in these Beetroot Sambhar and Shallot (pearl onion) sambar which are great. One such variation is this cauliflower Sambhar which is really simple to make and goes incredibly well with lemon rice or soft sponge dosa.
I prefer to use small pink onions (or shallots) to make sambhar since they bring in really aromatic flavours in. And some ginger and grated coconut as well. I like the combination and taste of it altogether.
There must be hundreds of recipes to create a perfect South Indian Sambhar and this is one of mine. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Gobi sambar | South Indian cauliflower lentil stew
If using fresh tamarind: Use a small scoop sized one. Soak it in hot water for some time, then extract about 1 ½ cups of tamarind juice and discard the pulp.
More South Indian curries that are protein rich:
Chettinad Pakora curry – Kuzhambu