Sambar with Bell Peppers
Sambar, pronounced “Saambaar”, is an amazing Indian Stew, a Vegetarian Gravy. It is delicious to taste, colorful in appearance, healthy in quality, also aromatic and flavorful. Onions are the popular vegetables for Sambar. I like to use Bell Peppers (capsicum) quite often as an easy alternative and it adds its own unique flavor.
Sambar can be prepared with a variety of vegetables, single or all combined. For example, I have included here pictures of Sambar that I prepared with White Gourd, which is sometimes called Ash Gourd. They are the last two pictures of the slide show. However, only some vegetables are suitable to be used with this dish.
Sambar can be made simply with ready-made Sambar powder, or with a spicy mixture specially prepared. It is quite versatile and so can be used as a main dish mixed with rice, or as a side dish with Dosa’s Idli’s and even Roti’s, Naan’s and Chapati’s. Sambar as well as Rasam are the two staple sauces to go with Rice in South India. By itself this is a vegetable stew or vegetarian gravy, but when you use it with rice, it becomes a main dish.
Hover over the highlighted Keywords below for Images and/or Description of some of the Ingredients:
Asafoetida, Cayenne Pepper, Cilantro, Curry Leaves, Mustard Seeds, Red Chilli, Serrano Pepper, Toor Dahl, ~Rice, ~Tamarind, Turmeric, Urad Dahl