When you order mini meals in any restaurants like Saravana Bhavan , A2B the Sambar Rice will be of smooth, melt in mouth texture. Unfortunately the quantity they provide is very less and most of it is occupied by Shallots & Drumstick 😉 Thats a different story altogether We can achieve the same taste when we prepare at home as well. This is different from Karnataka’s BisiBele Bath.
When I was working Banglore me and my friends visit CMH road A2B regularly. I order mini meals for lunch and would request the server to give me sambar sadham instead of their kesari/sweet pongal. 😬😬 Shallots add a great flavour to this rice. So make sure to use Drumstick & shallots generously.
My Notes :
1. For Sambar Sadham, the rice should be completely mashed up and not grainy.
2. Also sambar sadham has a tendency to thicken after you have prepared it. To avoid this issue, while pressure cooking the rice+dal mixture add extra water than required.
3.Normally if you add 3 cups of water for cooking one cup of Rice, now add 5 cups of water for (1 cup Rice + 1/2 cup of Toor daal) .Mash the rice & dal mixture completely before adding to sambar.
4.The quantity of Sambar should be more. Add rice+dal mixture to Sambar & not vice versa. So if you see there is a shortage of sambar you can add less quantity of rice.
5.Even after all this, if your sambar rice has thickened before serving, then boil 1/2 cup of plain water, add it to sambar sadham. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in Tadka pan, add 1/2 tsp of sambar powder. This step is done to ensure that there is no raw smell of sambar powder. Adjust salt, keep stirring for 5-8 minutes.
6.You can use also add veggies like Brinjal,Capsicum,Radish along with other vegetables mentioned below
7. I served the rice with just Banana Chips. However if you have prepare potato fry. It is the best combination for Sambar Sadham