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“This dish is from karnataka. It is nothing but simple sambar rice. This can be served with raita and pappad.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice and dal well. Cook them separately in a pressure cooker.
  2. Remove the cooked rice and dal, mash them well and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan add the coriander seeds, red chilli, coconut, clove, cinnamon, aniseed, khus-khus, methi seeds and fry till nice aroma comes. Cool them and then grind to a fine paste with very little water, keep it aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a big kadai add the bay leaf. Now add the sliced onion, cut drumsticks-vegetable (optional), sliced tomato and fry for a minute.
  5. Meanwhile boil separately the cut beans, carrots in another pot till they are cooked.
  6. To the fried onion mixture add the tamarind water, turmeric, curry leaves. Let it boil and once the veggies are cooked, add the cooked beans, carrot to it.
  7. Mix in peas, salt.
  8. Now add the cooked, mashed dal and rice, also the ground paste. Reduce the heat and mix well.
  9. Continue cooking on low flame for 8 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  10. Check for salt.
  11. Remove onto a serving dish.
  12. Top it with the ghee, chopped coriander and fried cashews.

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