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Jan 18, 2014

Vallarai Keerai Sambar / Keerai Sambar Recipe / Brahmi Leaves Sambar / Spinach Sambar Recipe

Vallarai Keerai / Brahmi Leaves are one of the healthiest spinach. This spinach has properties to increase memory power. Normally they make thogayal with it. But i wanted to try sambar with it. So i made it and the result was mouthwatering. This keerai is a little bitter but this sambar makes it so yummy you just want to have it like a soup.So try it and let me know ho it turned out for you..

Check out my other sambar recipes too

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Shallots / Sambar Onion / Chinna Ulli - 10

Garlic - 6 cloves
Vallarai Keerai / Brahmi Leaves- 3 cups chopped ( You can use any spinach)
Water as needed
Tamarind Pulp - 3 tblspn or a small lemon size
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 2 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp

For Cooking Dal:
Toor Dal / Tuvaram paruppu - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp

Tempering Spices:
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Kaya Podi / Hing - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 1 broken


Take dal, turmeric powder and cumin seeds in a sauce pan, cover it with water. Bring it to boil and simmer for 20 mins till done.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add the tempering spices to hot oil and let it sizzle for a min.

Add in shallots, garlic and saute them for a min.

Add in chopped spinach and saute them well. Pour in water and bring it to a boil. 

Add in coriander powder, chilli powder, tamarind pulp and mix well. Boil it again.

Add in cooked toor dal mix and mix well. Season with salt and sugar. Mix well and simmer for 5 to 8 mins.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingredients

I used vallarai keerai

Chop spinach finely, peel shallots and garlic
You have to boil, toor dal, turmeric and cumin seeds

Add them to water and cook

Cook it till done
Heat oil in a kadai

Add in cumin, mustard, urad dal, asafoetida and dry red chilli

Add in shallots and garlic

saute them well

add in chopped spinach

saute them well

add water and mix well

boil them

add in coriander powder

add in chilli powder
add in tamarind pulp

mix well

bring it to boil

add the dal mix

mix well

season with some salt and sugar

Simmer for a while

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  1. used to have this sambhar in childhood when we had this creeper in our garden, not had it since ages, you really made me feel nostalgic...

  2. Sambar looks so tasty and tangy. Thanks for posting the step by step pictures.

  3. looks good. Coriander powder shown in pic looks like sambar powder. What to use?. Please clarify.

  4. @AnonymousNo it is coriander powder, my mom grounds her own coriander powder, so it is looking like that

  5. No sambhar podi required ??


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