Slow cooker Tiffin Sambar

Slow cooker Tiffin Sambar
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Delightful Slow Cooker Tiffin Sambar Recipe.
South Indian cuisine boasts a vibrant tapestry of flavors, and one dish that truly represents this culinary richness is Tiffin Sambar. This dish is a perfect complement to a variety of tiffin items like dosa, idli, and vada. The best part? You can now prepare it effortlessly in a slow cooker. Today, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a mouthwatering Slow Cooker Tiffin Sambar.


Before we dive into the process, let’s take a moment to gather all the essential ingredients:

– 1 cup of Toor Dal
– 1 large Onion, finely chopped
– 3-4 cloves of Garlic, minced
– 1 ripe Tomato, diced
– 2-3 Dried Red Chillies
– A small piece of Tamarind
– A handful of Peppercorns
– 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
– A few drops of Oil
– Salt to taste

Each of these components plays a crucial role in creating the symphony of flavors that is Tiffin Sambar. The toor dal provides a creamy, protein-rich base, while the combination of spices and vegetables adds depth and character to the dish.


*Step 1: Preparation*

– Start by washing and soaking the toor dal for about 20-30 minutes to speed up the cooking process.

*Step 2: Cooking in the Slow Cooker*

– In your slow cooker, combine the soaked toor dal, chopped onion, minced garlic, diced tomato, dried red chillies, tamarind, peppercorns, cumin seeds, a few drops of oil, and a pinch of salt.
– Set your slow cooker to the low setting and allow the ingredients to cook for 6-7 hours. This slow and gentle cooking process will infuse all the flavors, resulting in a rich, aromatic sambar.

*Step 3: Blending*

– Once the slow cooking is complete, use a stick blender to carefully blend the mixture until it’s smooth and homogeneous. The stick blender ensures that you achieve a velvety texture right in the slow cooker, saving you extra dishes to wash.

*Step 4: Final Tempering on Stovetop*

– To elevate the taste of your Tiffin Sambar, we’ll perform the final tempering. In a separate pan, heat some ghee (clarified butter) and add mustard seeds. As the seeds crackle, add asafoetida, a whole red chilli, and fresh curry leaves. Sauté until the aroma is irresistible.
– Pour this tempering over the blended sambar mixture and add a pinch of red chilli powder for that extra kick.

**Serving Suggestions:**

Tiffin Sambar is incredibly versatile. Serve it steaming hot with dosa, idli, or vada. It’s also a delightful accompaniment to rice or as a comforting soup on a rainy day.

Slow Cooker Tiffin Sambar is not just a dish; it’s a journey through the flavors of South India. The convenience of the slow cooker, paired with the authenticity of the ingredients and the final tempering, results in a tantalizing bowl of sambar that’s truly unforgettable. Whether you’re new to South Indian cuisine or a seasoned fan, this recipe is a must-try.

We hope you enjoy making and savoring this delightful Slow Cooker Tiffin Sambar. Remember, it’s not just a meal; it’s a culinary experience!

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