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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nukolu(Navil Kosu) Sambar

5 - 6 Cabbage Turnips / Nukolu / Navil Kosu
2 - 3 medium sized Onion
3/4 -1 cup soaked/frozen Green Peas
Grape sized Jaggary
1/4 tsp Chilly powder
1/4 tsp of Turmeric powder
Grape sized Tamarind
Salt to taste
1 - 1.5 cups grated Coconut
4 - 5 Red Chillies
1 tsp Mustard seeds(1/4 tsp for Masala and 3/4 tsp for Seasoning)
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
1/2 tsp White Rice
1/2 tsp Black Gram seeds
1/2 tsp Yellow Lentils / Togari bele / Toor dal
2 Cloves
1/4 inch sized Cinnamon / Chekke
1.5 tsp Coriander seeds
8 -10 Fenugreek seeds
Pinch of Asafetida powder
10 - 12 Curry leaves (5-6 for Masala and remaining for Seasoning)
1/2 cup cooked yellow lentils/Thogari bele/Toor dal
2 - 3 tsp Oil

Peel cabbage turnips and chop them into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below. Cut the onion into medium sized pieces.

Put chopped cabbage turnips, soaked green peas in a pressure cooker. Add salt, chilly powder, jaggary, little amount of water and cook them well. (2-3 whistles) Once the pressure goes off, add the chopped onion and cook them for about 4-5 mins until onion is cooked.

Add red chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, black gram seeds, yellow lentils, fenugreek seeds, white rice, cloves, cinnamon and 1-2 tsp oil in a pan. Once it starts giving nice aroma, add asafetida powder, 5-6 curry leaves, turmeric powder and fry them for about 1 min in  low flame.

Add grated coconut, fried sambar masala, tamarind in a mixer and grind it to smooth paste by adding sufficient amount of water. (If it is frozen coconut use hot water while grinding.) Add this ground masala to the vessel containing cooked cabbage turnips, add cooked yellow lentils, bring them to boil and stir well. (Add water, salt if required.)

Put 3/4 tsp mustard seeds and oil in a pan. Once it starts spluttering, add 5-6 curry leaves and add it to sambar. It goes well with Rice/Dosas/Chapathi.


Vani said...

HI Veni, Today I prepared Nokulu Sambar & Paduvalakayi palya , it was good, I think the Sambar we should kerep it bit thick, not very thin like, i added little bit more water, it would had tasted more if i had put little water to sambar masala, i will prepare once again & let you know ...

Krishnaveni said...


You could have added more cooked yellow lentils to make the Sambar thicker....