Drumstick Sambar

South Indian Lentil Soup/Drumstick

 Hello Sweeties!!!!

 Today Sambar is one such thing, that uses up most of the veggies even squash/pumpkin to corn and peas. the basic recipe for sambar is same, you can feel free to substitute any veggie in the sambar.

You will need;
1 Cup Toor dal, Boiled with little Turmeric and Hing and mashed well
1 Onion
2-3 Cloves Garlic
1 Tomato chopped

1 tspn Tamarind Pulp
1/2 Poato Boiled
6-8 2-3 Inch long sticks of Drumstick
* I used Frozen, since we do not get them fresh easily
1 tbspn(heaped) MTR Sambar Powder
Salt to taste
Little Jaggery/Gur-Optional
1 tspn Oil

In a pot heat some oil, add the onions and the drumsticks and the tomato and saute for a minute. Then add the crushed garlic and  potatoes and enough water to cover the veggies. 

After the veggies are fully cooked; add the Sambar Powder and salt and the Tamarind Paste. Lastly add the cooked dal and Gur and bring it to a boil. Let it boil a few minutes and the Sambar is ready. 

Since I made it for dinner to go along with rice, I did not use any garnishing and even Curry Leaves, as I had none on hand. But feel free to jazz it with curry leaves and cilantro. I drink sambar in bowl fulls, so any lentil with sambar powder will work for me.



Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Veggies/Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandiwch, Grilled Sandiwch
Hello Sweeties!!!!! Its already August!! Where did the months of June and July go, is what we all seem to be saying. Life is suddenly getting into action and before you blink , kids would be back to school.

If you are anything like Ms. Ash, these summer months and weekends, I try different foods that kids actually eat to make them a lunch option later.

Grilled cheese can be done in different ways, but today's is  one easy recipe as its very easy to put together and adding veggies take it a level up. Raw onions, Peppers at time are difficult for little kids to develop a liking for, roasting them or caramelizing them makes them sweet and  easy on their palate.

You will need;
  For Sandiwch;
Whole Wheat Bread
Cheese Slices
1 Boiled Potato
Green Chutney/Pesto
Panini Maker or grill pan

For Roasted veggies;
1/2 Green bell pepper

1/2 red pepper

1 big onion

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbspn oil

Roasting veggies
In a wok, on high heat, take 1 tbspn oil, and add the veggies, let them caramelize for 5-7 mins without stirring often, add salt and pepper and  remove from heat, let them hang out in the hot wok.

Assembling the sandwich;
Take the slices of bread spread the butter and the chutney on both slices, stuff with roasted veggies, spread  a slice of boiled potato, cheese on one slice, top with another bread slice and grill.

The sandwich is done with cheese melts and the grill marks appear on the slices. Cut in half and share with love done or eat alone. This is a hit sandwich in Ashland.