Once in awhile I need instant gratification.
I see something I simply *must have* — NOW!
I’ve been fighting sinus infection (so have been lazy blog-hopping too).
Tonight, for the first time since the weekend I finally felt like cooking.
Happily, it was also the first time I visited Padma of Padma’s Kitchen.
I stopped in my tracks at the first photo. I will have to leave the rest of the posts for another day, Padma — when I saw your udipi sambhar,
I simply *had to have it* — NOW! 🙂
I used up some of the last of the garden for this delightful recipe — tomato, brinjal, summer squash, few okras and green beans. I am really going to miss cooking from the garden! I lacked sambhar onions, but the dish doesn’t seem to have suffered much. Since I was using bits of things here and there, I also mixed the dals, using the last of my jar of masoor and washed moong along with the toor. Otherwise I made it all according to Padma’s recipe — including the paste.
(ISG, I felt almost like I was cheating — first time I haven’t used your pwd. since I got it!! 🙂 )
This was also my first time making sambhar with coconut.
I can definitely say it won’t be the last!
After a few days of little appetite, the aroma and taste of udipi sambhar tantalized all of my senses. Spicy with chiles, sweet with jaggery, tangy with tamarind-infused vegetables and amazingly rich from the coconut — well let’s just say my appetite is back en force 😉
Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Padma!