Onam Recipes : Kerala Sambar / Mixed vegetable sambar
As soon as you hear of Kerala sambar, the first question that pops up in your head is that how is it different from a Tamil Sambar?
While I’m no expert in this matter, there do seem to be a few differences.
Kerala sambar is always made using a mix of vegetables, while traditionally Tamil sambar has just one vegetable. The use of coconut oil in preparation of Kerala sambar gives it the distinct Kerala cuisine aroma. The sliced and browned shallots used as a tempering is another differentiating factor from Tamil sambar, in which only red chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds are used.
Check out the recipe for Varutharacha Sambar or Arachuvitta sambar – Sambar with freshly ground spices
Serve it with red rice and pappadam or banana chips for Kerala food heaven or prepare it as a part of a simple Onam Sadya!