Coin Sambar | Mullangi Sambar | Radish Sambar is fragrant and flavoursome side-dish dal recipe. This much loved South Indian sambar pairs up deliciously with rice and any South Indian breakfast recipe.
What is Coin Sambar?
The main ingredient of Coin Sambar is White Radish. In this sambar, white radish is peeled and cut into thin roundels, which upon cooking look like coins as you can see in the picture. The spicy and zesty taste of radish nicely compliments and balances the flavour in this lentil-based stew recipe.
Plant-based, vegan and gluten free recipe of coin sambar is easy to make. This is my family favorite sambar recipe too. I usually make this radish sambar to go with millet porridge or with hot steamed rice and potato fry. . But you can serve this flavourful sambar with Idli, Dosa, Pongal or Vada.
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Main Ingredients In Making Radish Sambar
Dal: Toor dal or Moong dal is used in making sambar. I mostly use toor dal in making sambar. Protein-rich tor dal not only enhances the taste of the recipe, but also adds good texture to the sambar.
Radish: Mostly white radish is used in making this sambar. White radish when cut in roundels, look like coins upon cooking, hence the name coin sambar. Radish sambar will be lightly spicy and the radish pieces will add crunch to the sambar.
Shallots: Also known as small onions or pearl onions. These are abundantly used in many South Indian recipes. Shallots tends to add sweet flavour with a hint of sharpeness.
Sambar Powder: For any sambar recipe, a good sambar masala powder is the key ingredient. You can use homemade or store bought sambar powder to make this sambar. I used MTR sambar masala powder.
Tamarind: Sourness in the recipe will come from Tamarind. The consistency of sambar too depends on the use of tamarind. If you like thick sambar, use less tamarind pulp and water or if you want thin sambar then add more tamarind water.
Mostly, when I am making coin sambar, I do not use other vegetables. But you can always try adding drumstick (munagakaya), carrot, yam, eggplant, capsicum, pumpkin, bottle gourd, etc.
I don’t like the flavour and taste of other vegetables to overpower the taste of radish. So, I make my sambar with radish, shallots and tomatoes.
- 1 cup Tuvar Dal | Red gram| Kandi pappu
- 2 medium sized white Radishes, peeled and cut into roundels
- 2 Tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
- 5-6 Shallots or 2 small Onions, peeled
- 3-4 Drumstick pieces, optional
- ½ cup thin Tamarind extract
- 1½ tbsp. Sambar powder, I used MTR Sambar Powder
- 1 tbsp. Red chilli powder
- ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ 1 tbsp. Oil
- ½ tbsp. Jaggery powder
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
- Salt, as per taste
How to make Coin Sambar
- First in a heavy bottom cooking vessel or kadai, add oil and when it heats up add shallots and fry for a minute.
- To this now add chopped tomatoes and fry on medium flame until they start to turn mushy. Now add radish roundels and drumstick pieces (if using) and fry for 2 minutes on medium flame.
- Add ½ cup of water and cook covered until vegetables turn soft.
- In the meantime, wash and pressure cook tuvar dal with a drop of oil. When dal gets cooked add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
- Mash the dal using a wooden smasher or spoon.
- When the vegetables turn soft add them to the above dal along with thin tamarind extract and sambar powder.
- Stir and add 2-3 cups of water, jaggery powder and curry leaves. Mix well.
- Bring this to boil. Simmer and cook till you get the desired consistency. Check for salt and turn off the flame.
- Serve hot with rice or any breakfast recipe like idli, dosa, pongal, vada, etc.
- Add your ‘love’ to make this Coin Sambar taste ‘YUMMY’.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
You can serve this coin sambar or radish sambar with steamed bowl of hot rice, any vegetable or non veg stir fry or curry recipe.
What can I serve with sambar?
You can easily serve this radish samabr with,
rice, idli, dosa, vada, upma.
Pouring this sambar over hot rice mixed with ghee is my comfort food any day.
Here is a simple meal idea with sambar,
Hot bowl of rice + coin sambar + aloo fry or chicken fry + pickle + papad + curd
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 251mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 19g