Kiwi fruit is yet another good substitute for tomato especially in Dal, Sambar or Rasam. This sambar tastes very similar to tomato sambar and pairs well with plain rice, idli or dosai.
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Ingredients: (Visit English – Tamil – Hindi translation/ஆங்கிலம்-தமிழ் மொழி பெயர்பு)
- Thai Sweet Tamarind – 2″ pc (Soak in water for atleast 30 mins and squeeze to get a thick juice)
- Kiwi fruit – 1 (Peeled & chopped)
- Boiled and mashed Red Lentil – 1/2 cup
- Ayurvedic Sambar Powder – 1 tbsp(or to taste)
- Curry leaves – 5
- Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
- Thai green chily – 1 (slit and remove the seeds)
- Finely chopped Cilantro – 1 tbsp
- Asafoetida – a pinch
- Ghee – 1 tsp
- Olive oil – 2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Heat ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds.
- Once the seeds pop, add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and saute for few seconds in low flame.
- Add chopped kiwi, green chilli and cook covered till it turns soft. (Add little water to avoid burning)
- Now, add the tamarind juice, little turmeric, enough water(to get a gravy consistency) and let it cook on a medium flame till the raw smell goes off.
- Then add mashed red lentil, sambar powder, salt and mix well.
- Cook covered for 3 mins on a low flame.
- Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro and drizzle oilve oil.
Yummy Kiwi fruit sambar is ready!
- Kiwi pacifies Vata but aggravates Kapha. Pitta can have sweet kiwi occasionally.
- Sourness of the sambar depends on how sour/sweet the Kiwi is.
- Red lentil is Tridoshic (For Vata in moderation)