Sambar

Ingredients

  • 250g red or yellow lentil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground asafoetida
  • ½ tsp ground fenugreek
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 7 small dried red chillies
  • 140g green bean, trimmed and cut in half

Instructions

  1. Place the lentils in a large pan with 400ml water. Add turmeric and tamarind and boil for 25-30 mins until very soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallots for 8-10 mins. When softened, add the spices, curry leaves, chillies and a good pinch of salt. Cook for another 2 mins, until fragrant.
  3. Boil another pan of salted water and cook the beans for 4 mins until tender, then drain well.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, add the shallot spice mix and the beans, stir well and add more seasoning if necessary.

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