Monday, January 19, 2009

Sambar Rice ~ Sankranti Special!

Waves were hitting the shores, wave after wave, calling me to touch. But I didn't budge from my spot. Every other minute, I was closing my eyes, just feeling the breeze that was caressing me with the salty drizzles from the salty water. I was gazing at my family standing on the beach. With each wave hitting them, Konda and Peddu were jumping. All my life, I have been crazy about beach and playing in it. I have lived most of my life in this city but I was never too satisfied with the times I visited it. Surprisingly now, I am not able to get myself get into the water. Its like, the moment I do, I know I won't want to get away, and I don't want that luxury! I rather enjoy watching my family playing in the waters.

I took a day off on the Mattu Pongal, the day after the main pooja, because everybody were at home. We didn't do much this pongal as the regular work load was too much to manage as such. On Sankranti day, Athamma didn't want to let go without a special dish, so she got up early and had things ready for Poli, then I helped her complete. The next day when all of us were at home, I thought breakfast should be special. Uggani, though a very common breakfast at my inlaws place, is still special and all of us like it so much! Kids enjoyed it much. For the lunch I thought it should be something new, but the kids were insistent that they go for a trip round the city. So we just got in and were surprised that the roads were practically empty. As they say, all roads here take us to the beach! We found ourselves on the beach. Though we always frequent other stretch, we went to the Marina this time, its such a long walk to reach the shore.



It was almost a year since we took the kids to the beach. Last time, Chinnu was scared, this time, he ran forward to get in. But after a while, he slowly reclined. While Peddu and Konda were jubilant. I wish I had taken the camera, it would've made such a lovely shot! But the pictures in my mind will always be fresh. The beach was almost empty and there weren't many on either side of my family. I can still see all five of them standing, holding their hands, the kids giggling when the waves hit them! Every other minute, one of them would turn and look at me with a joy, that's unforgettably sweet! I know my parents would've enjoyed that trip with the kids and I was missing them so much. After a while, Chinnu wanted to sit and both father and son were cuddling together, while others were playing. Then Athamma took turns to sit, and Chinnu jumped to her lap. It was like the ocean wanted us to feel it, they had to hurriedly get up, when a big wave made to them and they were drenched completely. It almost reached me. We took that as the signal to leave and somehow convinced the kids back. Peddu all wet, won't budge from the spot, I literally had to carry him away, promising him a trip soon.

I updated Amma on the unexpected trip, and she was very happy. It was quite late when we got back home. Hubby dear suggested I make just rasam and rice. I said the Sambar rice that I had in mind wouldn't take much either.

I used a different Sambar powder than the one I blogged in this, its more like Bisi Bele bath, but without much of those spices that go in to make. With not much of grinding work, this gets done very quick and makes it an ideal dish for lunch box too.

Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1"
Maratti mogga - 1
Tomatoes - 2 small
Chopped Vegetables - 1 cup (Beans, Carrot, Potatoes and peas)
Tamarind -1 lemon size, soaked and extracted
Turmeric powder a pinch
Asafetida a pinch
Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 5 cups

Seasoning
Curry leaves - abt 6
Shallot/ Sambar Onions - 5-6
Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts

Method to prepare:

Wash and add water about 2 times more of the dal, along with turmeric and hing. Pressure cook till the dal is cooked. Except rice and tamarind water, add the chopped vegetables, spices, salt along with 5 cups of water..

Cover the pan with the lid without the whistle, so that it starts boiling. Then add the rice and simmer for 5 mins. Then add the extracted tamarind water and cook with lid covered. Pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure is off, heat a pan with ghee and splutter mustard seeds, then sauté onions, curry leaves. Then add the cashew nuts.

Pour this ghee over the sambar rice.

This goes well with appalam or papad with some poriyal if you have time.

I was supposed to post this on the same day, but looks like I have other things in store! But then better late than never. I really don't want to miss out this recipe, which was really classic.

Our Sankranti went off in a wink, how was your celebration?

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30 comments :

churningthewordmill said...

im not much of a rice eater... but the rice on that plate looks very inviting!
mandira

Rajani said...

srivalli I love your post and I could actually imagine you sitting there on the beach enjoying the salty sea through the eyes of your kids. I even read out parts of your post to my hubby - he loved it too :) what can i say about your food? sounds yummy as always! btw... using your template I've created a menu planner of my own and today was day 3 and so far all seems well ! thank you!

sneh said...

hey ..sambar rice looks delicious.
thanks for accepting my entry.

cheers!

Alka said...

Crazy about rice dishes...same about this one.I can easily relate to the almost choking- lump- in -throat -feeling that we experience when we see our future(kids) enjoying the way we did in our past(when we were kids).I just couldn't figured it out ,when did i transformed from happy go lucky girl to Oh-my-heart-is -walking-outside-me..type of mother.It seems that world revolves only around the kids,and strangely watching them enjoy is more enjoyable than enjoying ourselves...confused....well got crazy reading ur post,so don't blame me for all this ;-)

Happy cook said...

Sambar rice looks so yumm.
Here we are lcky that we live only few minutes away by foot from the beach.
So SHyama was never afraid when she was little.
Yeah with kids you do have to keep a real good eye on the in the beach.

Asha said...

YUM! looks good Sri. Not as elaborate as BBB but a quick and delicious. I didn't even know it was Sankranthi until I see posts here. Got to mark the dates on calender! :))

Vidhya said...

the picture is really mouthwatering... I love the papad :)

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Nice Pic...Rice looks very tempting...

Divya Kudua said...

Such a nice read about your Sankrati celebs Valli..we frequent the other strech too;-)..Marina is too long a walk for us..Pongal went off in whiff,all we did was to catch up the special programs on tv,esp the tamil movies..;-)

Vij said...

yummy! looks lovely!

Jayashree said...

I like these little tidbits about your kids that you share with us. My daughter too used to be scared of the beach, but these days she refuses to come out of the water :-))

Priya said...

Sambar rice looks yummy...delicious n loved those papads..am an addict to sambar n the plate is really inviting..

Shama Nagarajan said...

Sambar rice invites me.....lovely...a quick simple for lunch box.....

notyet100 said...

ur plate is inviin me to ur home,..:-)

Simran said...

Looks like you had lots of fun on sankranti. I too love going to the beach, but am usually happy just standing on the edge and watching the endless seas

kamala said...

Its really lovely to watch kids enjoying , their smiles..I can imagine how you would have felt that..Not a grt fan of sambar but the addition of few more spices would sure give a different flavor..Yumm Valli

Laavanya said...

I'm a sucker for all things sambar.. looks delicious.

Mrs.Kannan said...

As always enjoyed your post about the beach and the kids srii..I didn't even know when pongal was..until one of my friend came with chakkara pongal...Annu keeps me busy as usual...hope someday she'll enjoy the salty marina..long way to go

Priyanka said...

the pic is deliciously tempting Srivalli

anudivya said...

What could say traditional more than some good old sambhar! I hope you had a lot of fun celebrating Sankranthi.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi Sri,
just happpened to come across Samabar rice the first time ever yesterday, will searching the net for food related stuff..and here it is!!!...loved your new year roundup..

Cynthia said...

I did not realise that the sambar can be mixed into the rice like this. Love the idea!

Priya Sriram said...

Hi Srivalli...
Sambar rice is very inviting. Very nice presentation!

Kalai said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time!! Sambar rice looks great! :)

A_and_N said...

I love the beach too :) And this is super easy to make. I love sambar!

Navita said...

oh i love sambhar...lovely recipe n hope u guys hd fun!

Shreya said...

hi, such a lovely post! took me back to my days at the beach when I go home to Kerala...love the Samabar rice preparation..simple and yummy...

RK said...

Loved the beach story and the pics. One small correction if I may - it's called "Bisi Bele bhath". Bella is jaggery, Bele is dal, used in making the traditional karnataka dish.

Srivalli said...

Thank you friends for your lovely comments! I am glad you liked the post!

Rajani, best of luck, am sure you will do it!

Alka, how true, you just voiced what I wanted to say! thank you

Sandhya, I am sure you will do great once the lil one grows!

F, Shyma is such a darling, am sure she did great!

Jay, its my pleasure

RK, thank you for pointing out, I have corrected the post!

Good Gynecologist in Kodambakkam said...

Nice BisiBelaBath. I like to have this with papadam.Thanx for sharing.

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