Lunch Box Series : LBS#7

For today’s lunch, I made Sambar with Carrot and Beans. I was quite taken aback, when my friends expressed surprise on hearing that we make sambar with these two vegetables. I have always remembered Amma making this sambar, quite frequently at our place. And the fry I like with this was, Arbi or colacasia fry/roast. It is called samagadda in Telugu and chepankizhangu in Tamil. Well I don’t have to extend much in telling the tale of this wonderful Vegetable and my unconditional love for Veggie. Hah the luxuries of being a spinster and getting spoiled by Mom’s cooking!. I just love the dishes Amma makes from Arbi. Amma never fails to mention to my hubby dear, about my food choices. She used to feel bad that I wasn’t anymore expecting such delicacies or conditions, now that I do my own cooking. But its always a wonderful memory, thinking of the time Amma used to take care in making hot Arbi fry with Sambar for me. I guess everybody miss their childhood and the tales related to it. I try to greater extent, make sure my daughter has lots to relate later. Hope I am doing the best.

Coming back to this combi, my daughter just loved it the first time I made for her, so I try to make this combi at every opportunity I get. But when we pack it, it loses its texture. Since it was just too long since I had made this, I just went ahead for having this for lunch.

Today’s Lunch Box had

Carrot Beans Sambar
Arbi / Colacasia Deep fry
Plain Rice
Curd Rice.

Carrot Beans Sambar

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins

Ingredients Needed

Toor Dal – 1 cup
Carrot & Beans- 100 gms
Sambar Onions – 100 gms
Sambar Powder – 1 tsp
Tomatoes – 2 medium
Tamarind pulp – small lime size
Coriander Leaves – few chopped
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to Taste
Turmeric a pinch

For Seasoning

Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal + Fenugreek – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Garlic – 4 pods

Method to Prepare:

Clean Toor Dal and pressure cook it with 2 drops of Oil and turmeric. This makes it cook fast. Keep it for 1 whistle. Remove and let it cool down.

Chop Carrot, Beans to 2″ size pieces. Pressure it with Dal for another whistle. Keep it aside

Soak tamarind and extract pulp from it.

Soak Shallot (Sambar onions) for 5 mins, this way the skin comes out easily. Chop Onions and tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients. Then add chopped onions. Sauté till they are cooked, add tomatoes, Sambar powder. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.

Then add the cooked toor dal with Vegetables, tamarind pulp. The dal should be well cooked. We usually mash with pappu guthi, which a long wooden stick like ladle.

Cook on high flame for 5 mins, then simmer for 10 mins till its cooked well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Samagadda / Arbi / Colacasia Deep fry

Ingredients Needed:

Arbi – 250 gms
Gram (Besan) flour – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

Clean and boil Samagadda for 1 whistle. It should be done but can check and cook again.

Remove the skin and cut it into 1″ pieces.

Add besan, chilli pw and salt to Arbi. Mix well so that all the pieces are coated with Besan. Its normally not required to add water as it might become too sticky. But based on the texture can sprinkle little water.

Heat oil in a kadai. Once its hot, deep fry arbi and remove to a kitchen towel to drain excess oil.

Very simple, but getting the correct amount of besan to stick to the Arbi is important. This normally tastes heaven when had hot. But we still went ahead with our choice and enjoyed to the last bit.
Hope you enjoyed my lunch box today.

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  1. i Srivalli,

    Visiting your blog for the first time. You know some thing, I too use whatever veg is available for sambhar. While staying in places in Hubli, Bidar, I had to.

    So many new recipes in this blogosphere! Do you take part in the virtual events organised by Food bloggers?

    Visit you leisurely.bye for now.latha

  2. Welcome to my blog latha…yeah I try to participate in the virtual events. Its actually fun. Do try it when you have time. Thanks for visiting and do come again.

  3. I always make Sanbhar with beans,carrots,potatoes,tomatoes or anything else I can find.I added Bottle gourd peels yesterday!:)
    Looks great,yummy selection for lunch.

  4. hey, never tried anything with arbi…will try soon.
    And as with my camera, i use Canon Cybershot S2 IS, 5.0 mpx
    Hope this helps and thanks for the recipe

  5. Since last 2 days I am having problem commenting on blogger. I get a blank page after submitting. I don’t know why 🙁
    Your menu is nice :)I too add carrot and beans to sambhar becoz invariably there is no drumstick available here.
    The arbi is too good must be tasting yum something like bhajji 🙂
    I hope this comment reaches you.

  6. We use carrot and beans in sambar all the time. I know that some people have told me, “you can’t use those” but my sambar doesn’t mind.

    I love arbi fry… and I’ll soon post something that you’ll love.

  7. Hi srivalli,
    Your luch box looks yummy,
    Even my mom used to prepare sambhar with combination of veggies, but my favourite is always beans-carrot sambhar,

  8. Did I mention you b4 that I always look fwd for your lunch-box series always, this is a cool meal for the day, no wonder ur frens were zappped
    thanks for sharing, dear!

  9. Hi,
    I love having Arbi fry but i only know the simple method (boil Arbi, deep fry them and then add chilly powder and salt). I liked ur receipe and is different. So, i will surely try this out.

  10. Hi,

    Arbi fry, that’s yummy. I also make Arbi fry but it is very simple recipe (boil Arbi, deep fry them and add chilly powder and salt) but ur recipe sounds different. Thanks and I will surely try this out.

  11. Thats good to know SeeC..even my Mom uses 4 varieties..

    Welcome …Coffee

    Laavanya..yeah we also prepare it when we dont’ have time to do this way

    So glad to know that you like my LBS ..Sharmi..thanks for your appriciation

    hahha…thats a great one Asha

    Thanks Jyothi

    thanks raji…glad you like them..

    Thanks for dropping by Jeena…you have a nice blog too…

    then do try this out….bhags..thanks for the info on sure have a great one…

    thanks Suma…am sure your family likes that a lot…

    sure it reached me archana…good you did this time…yes it tastes something like that but more crisper if had hot..

    hhah..good that your sambar doesn’t mind Raaga

    Thanks Viji

    Thanks sunita..

    Then you will be most welcome at my mon’s place…Mamatha

    hhaah…but nice that you like the arbi..bee

    No Padma…but so glad that you did now…I am happy knowing it…

    Welcome to my blog kavi…thankd for the nice comments….do visit again..

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