Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fish Sambar (Dhal Curry)

Now, before anything else will you please stop with what your thinking. Fish sambar is not weird okay. Just because you, or your mother, or your grandmother, or your great grandmother didn't make neither knew about fish sambar, it does not mean you shouldn't make this fish sambar. I will actually encourage you because you know why? Food is about tasting experiences instead of assuming. You never try, you never know. So, from the basic sambar, I invented this fish sambar. Simple as that. To make, basically its more or less the same ingredients, essentially of course dhal (Dalca/Dhal Mutton Curry & Tanni Saar) and then, for this recipe, its the fried fish. Done. Let me know if you and your family loved this fish sambar. Even if you did not, well, nothing much can I do from my side. Nevertheless, best of luck in making!

1 1/2 cup toor dhal/yellow lentils (soaked for about 1 hour)
400g (1 large piece) Indian Mackerel - cut into bite sizes/chunks
2 (about 250g) Chinese brinjals - cut into medium size pieces.
6 shallots - remove skin
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1 tbsp thick tamarind/asam juice
2 sprigs of coriander leaves - sliced/shredded
Oil as needed
Aalt for taste

Spices For Curry/Gravy
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp fish curry powder
1 tsp black mustard seeds
3 sprigs curry leaves

Mix fish with turmeric powder and a little salt.
Fry in oil, remove and keep aside.
Simmer dhal with 2 cups of water till half cooked. 
Use the same oil fish was fried (about 3 tbsp) to lightly fry brinjals and shallots.
Fry brinjals and shallots to produce a crunchy coat over both.
Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Stir quickly and tip into the dhal mixture.
Add spices (see above), pour tamarind juice and season with salt.
(Note; more water for more gravy please).
Simmer to soften brinjal.
Then add fried fish.
Gently stir in. 
Simmer and remove from heat (for about 2 to 3 minutes)
Combine in coriander leaves. 
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  1. oo my mistake. I thought its sambal. I bet it taste very good too

  2. Fish sambar ??? hearing this for the first time !!

  3. You bet Sheril for my own creation.

  4. Hearing about it for the first time dear

  5. That is a first for me.... very interesting


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