OATS SAMBAR SADAM/LENTIL AND OATS MEDLEY




I made this dish especially to aid my husband’s diet plan. He has been on a weight loss plan for the past 1 month and he seemed to have lost a lot of weight already, almost like 15 pounds. This plan mainly includes salads, soups, and sometimes whole grains like oats, barley, and grains like that. There is no rice in this plan, so I thought of making sambar sadam/kadama sadam, oats, and lots of veggies, so there was no change in any of his “diet plan” and he still got to eat his all-time favorite food. I have used Irish oats instead of regular oats here because Irish oats tend to retain their shape well when used as a rice substitute and there was no difference in taste. This was like the regular dish I make with rice and much heartier. I have prepared this dish in a pressure cooker to save time since Irish oats take a long time to cook. Alternatively this dish can be prepared in a slow cooker or a regular pan under reduced flame for 1 hour.


INGREDIENTS:

  1. Toor dhal or red lentils, 1/2 cup
  2. Irish oats or any type of oats, 1 cup.
  3. Small onions, peeled, a cup, 2.
  4. Tomatoes, medium size, 2.
  5. Mixed vegetables, like carrot, green beans, broccoli, spinanch, peas etc, all coming around 1 cup when chopped.
  6. Green chili,.1
  7. Turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon.
  8. Tamarind, a small lemon-sized ball or 2 tablespoons of tamarind pulp.
  9. Asafetida, 1 pinch.
  10. Salt as per taste.
  11. Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  12. Curry leaves, 1 sprig.
  13. Chopped cilantro, a handful.
  14. Vadakam, 1 teaspoon, (optional). This is a mixture of dried onions, garlic, and a few spices. I use vadakam for seasoning sambar, rasams, and kuzambus. This can be omitted if not available.

TO GRIND:

1. Shredded coconut or dry coconut powder, 1 tablespoon. (I have used a low fat shredded coconut here. In US, this is available in stores like Wegmans, Whole Foods, or Trader’s Joe).

2. Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon.

3. Red chilies, 2-3 depending on spice preference.

4. Fenugreek seeds, ¼ teaspoon.

5. Cardamom, 2 pods.

6. Cloves, 2.


PREPARATION:

Wash the lentils and let it soak for 15 minutes. Dry roast the ingredients given under the “to grind section” one by one for 2 minutes under medium flame and let it cool. Grind it to a smooth paste and keep aside. Extract thick juice from the tamarind. Peel the onions, dice the tomatoes and the other vegetables and slit the green chilies into 2. Heat a pressure pan or pressure cooker with some oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the vadagam and fry for a few seconds. Add the small onions and curry leaves and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are tender. Add the diced tomatoes and green chilies and keep sautéing until everything is blended. Now add the ground paste and fry everything for a minute until the raw smell goes. Add the tamarind juice along with asafetida, salt and 4 cups of water and boil for a few minutes. After 10 minutes (the tamarind mixture should boil at least for 5 minutes to get a good taste, 10 minutes boil is ideal and at this stage the water should have evaporated to 3 cups) add the lentils, the chopped vegetables, and oats, mix everything and cook under pressure for up to 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure is down, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with potato chips and pickle.

51 comments:

Ann said...

wow.. never had an idea that oats can be turned in to too many awesome recipes.. Love this one.. sounds interesting and yum

SathyaSridhar said...

Oats la sambar sadhama,,,wooow dear ippa thaan naan paakaren nalla seithurukkeenga,,Gita...

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

சூப்பராயிருக்கு!!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow such a great idea to use oats this delicious way...sounds good gita,looks delicious as well...thanks for sharing

Geetha Achal said...

மிகவும் அருமையான டயட் உணவு....நானும் இதனை அடிக்கடி செய்வேன்...நாங்களும் டயடில் இருக்கின்றோம்...அரிசியினை தவிர்த்து மற்ற அனைத்தயும் சாப்பிடுவோம்...கண்டிப்பாக டயடில் இருப்பவர்களுக்கு மட்டும் அல்லாது அனைவரும் விரும்பி சாப்பிட கூடிய உணவு இது...சூப்பர்ப்...

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Gita...kalakeerenga...super..nice innovative dish...must try:)

Nithu Bala said...

Dear, this sounds too delicious and healthy..never tried..will try this soon..thanks for sharing

divya said...

Love this one sounds interesting and yummy..looks so delicious ..thanks for sharing.

Kalyani said...

wow interesting &looks delicious gita ....

Swapna Sree said...

woow!!!!oats sambar..what a lovely idea...sound great and yummy....

R said...

hey wow, what a gr8 idea, fantastic dish!!

kitchen queen said...

delicious and healthy oats sambar sadam.

Panchpakwan said...

So healthy and delicious..

Priya said...

Woww wat a fantastic dish Gita, kalakitinga ponga..

Yummy Team said...

Sounds delicious!! Nice idea..

Fathima said...

that is an awesome idea!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow thats a new idea!

Superchef said...

ohh you should send this over to MLLA 22 hosted by Ruchika Cooks this time..it will be a great addition to it! very innovative!

http://ruchikacooks.com/?p=2349

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow.. never had a idea that oats can be cooked in a different ways.. this very interesting recipe.. thanks for sharing:-)

Pavithra said...

Looks soooooooooooo delicious ..I too love oats sambar sadam.. nice way to include in our diet. Wonderful one pot meal.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Wow your hubby has already lost 15 pounds !!! Great..
This sounds very healthy and delicious dish
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Kiran said...

A very healthy recipe indeed.Perfect diet dish.

Parita said...

Mmmm looks very delicious and fulfilling!

Pavithra Srihari said...

I know u r known for these healthy recipes and this is one more addition ... It is directly going to my to do list

Aruna Manikandan said...

WOW!!!
Nice and healthy combo
Looks healthy and delicious :-)

Uma said...

great looking dish Gita! A healthy medley. Yum!!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very innovative. Healthy sambar sadam. Would include in my menu list. Thanks a ton for sharing.

Nandini said...

Wow! Gita kallakkuringa!
Awesome recipe dear!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I am now a days mixing sambar with oats cooked,this sounds great too,will try :)

priya said...

healthy and delicious, sambhar, dear

Meena said...

this sounds gr8...i make this with cracked wheat too...tastes great!

Padhu said...

Nice sambar sadam with oats. Should try this

Kanchan said...

I love your innovation of adding Oats !
Making the dish totally healthy in all aspect.

Nadjibella said...

Une recette qui fait perdre du poids.
Je la note tout de suite.
A bientôt.

San said...

This is definitely a must try dish gita,completely new n i admire the preparation .

Will try this oats sambar sadam pretty soon.I don't have vadagam,since you have mentioned it as optional np.Mom has been saying,but iam forgetting everytime i visit home to bring vadagam.

Faiza Ali said...

very innovative and looks delicious and healthy.

Madhura Manoj said...

Interesting recipe.Looks delicious.

sangeeta said...

i like oats in my soups too but have never tried in a sambar ....i love sambar too n it's a great combo for me.
for weight loss you can see my multi grain soup which a tried n tested method for me.....
http://healthfooddesivideshi.blogspot.com/2009/06/soup-which-is-bringing-me-back-to-track.html

Viki's Kitchen said...

Oats sambar seems very creative and diet conscious food Gita.

Malar Gandhi said...

Sambhar oats sounds healthy, good addition of vegetables. Interesting:)

Yasmeen said...

Irish oats do look lot more whole some,I'd totally enjoy this spicy meal :D

Kalai said...

wow Gita. What an absolutely healthy dish. Lovely sambhar oats! And nice picture, looks very tempting indeed!

Gulmohar said...

Cool and innovative idea Gita ! Good luck to your hubby..seems like he is so determined

Ankita said...

Sambhar with oats..great idea.This must be delicious and healthy too.

Shama Nagarajan said...

thats a healthy try dear

Abhilash Pillai said...

I hope your husband does not cry for more food after this dieting process :)

Oats sambar is new to me and never saw this before. I am trying to maintain the body weight. Let's try your recipe then.

shanthi said...

Simple quick and different

Valarmathi said...

Wow..that looks so delicious. Healthy recipe.

Subhie Arun said...

wow..this is really innovative idea to use of oats..thats sounds interesting n inviting

Priya said...

oats sambar sadam is too gud idea...thank u for posting the recipe..

Tadakala said...

Good Idea Mr/Miss Blogger thanks for share.

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