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Update: My Computer is fixed.. I’ve updated the post with the pics.

I wanted to use my slow cooker that’s been collecting dust for quite sometime now. So I decided to make sambar in it and it came out pretty good, can’t complain for the minimum amount of work I had to put in.

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Slow Cooker Sambar Yum
Slow Cooker Sambar
Course soups stews
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Toor dal
  • ¼ cup Moong dal
  • 1 Onion – large, thinly sliced
  • 1 pepper Green – small, thinly sliced
  • 1 Yellow squash – medium, thinly sliced
  • 2 - 3 3 tbsps Tomatoes Tamarind – medium, chopped (I used 1 small tomato chopped and 1/3 cup crushed tomato) paste
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Sambar Powder – homemade or store-bought (I used Ambika brand that I brought from India)
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • to taste Salt
Popu Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 chilies Dry Red
  • ¼ tsp Hing
Course soups stews
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Toor dal
  • ¼ cup Moong dal
  • 1 Onion – large, thinly sliced
  • 1 pepper Green – small, thinly sliced
  • 1 Yellow squash – medium, thinly sliced
  • 2 - 3 3 tbsps Tomatoes Tamarind – medium, chopped (I used 1 small tomato chopped and 1/3 cup crushed tomato) paste
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Sambar Powder – homemade or store-bought (I used Ambika brand that I brought from India)
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • to taste Salt
Popu Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 chilies Dry Red
  • ¼ tsp Hing
Slow Cooker Sambar
Instructions
  1. I combined dal and veggies along with 5-6 cups water, ½ tsp turmeric, sambar powder, chili powder and salt in the slow cooker. Cooked on Low for about 6 hours (or on High for 4hrs).
  2. So by the time we came home, dal & veggies were done, then I added tamarind extract and adjusted the seasonings. Cooked for another 30 minutes on High.
  3. When there was about 10 minutes left for cooking, I made the tadka in 2tbsp oil, added it to slow cooker and let it cook.
Recipe Notes

Serve with rice, idli, dosa, roti, practically anything can be eaten with sambar. With the leftovers I made Sambar Semya which is nothing but vermicelli mixed with sambar.

Here’s how I made it:

Bring 6cups of water to a rolling boil, add 1tsp salt and 1 cup semya (vermicelli like bambino or MTR brand); cook for 3-4 minutes or until semya is cooked through. Drain the water and set aside to cool. Heat 1tbsp oil in a large sauté pan, add 1tsp each of urad dal, chana dal, mustard seeds & cumin seeds, 2-3 dry red chilies, ¼ cup toasted peanuts. Add 2-3 cups of sambar and bring to a simmer. Stir in cooked semya, mix well; taste and add salt, sambar powder as needed. Simmer for 2 minutes and enjoy hot for a quick BLD (Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner).

Sambar goes to EC @ Simple Indian Food for her WYF-Side Dish event.

Sambar Semya goes to Sahaja @ Spicy Rasam for her Single Serving Recipes event.

Note: My laptop has gone cuckoo and is probably infected by the conflicker virus. So couldn't upload pics, I will update the post once everything is fixed.

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10 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sambar”

  1. That’s a new way to use a slow cooker 🙂 These are great for one-dish dinners when you’re really busy… can be a real life-saver when you don’t wanna eat processed foods.

  2. Sambar in a slow cooker sounds nice… Shall come back for the pictures cant wait to see how it turned out…

  3. Meeso, Sambar I made was enough for almost 5-6 meals, so no processed food for almost 2 weeks. 🙂

    I’m still trying to figure out new ways of using my slow cooker Pooja. Do try this one out.

    Cham, try this one out, I’m sure you will find many more ways to use it.

    Thanks for dropping by Ramya. Keep visiting.:-)

    Thanks for visiting Trupti.

    Varunavi, slow cooker is also called crockpot, basically you dump all the ingredients and it is going to cook for 4-8 hrs to get that slow cooked taste. Great for cooking meats, but you can also cook beans, veggies etc. Check this link out: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33956-5-Quart-Cooker/dp/B000R4FTV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1239554080&sr=8-1

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