Week 1: Radish Sambar

Today I attempted to my mom’s version of the very yummy radish sambar.  I emphasize the word attempt in the sentence above, because at one point in this process I got so hungry that I called my mother and almost burst into tears. Why does Indian food take so FLIPPING LONG to make?!? Also – it is not smart to wait until you are actually hungry to start cooking.

At first things went well. I had some nice cooking music on, I chopped my radishes and onion quickly and fried/ sauteed/ whatevered my fenugreek and urad dal in oil.

Then for some reason I misread my notes from the recipe my mom had given me over the phone yesterday. I took my beautifully chopped vegetables and tried to fry them…

in water.

(I blame the hunger as I hadn’t eaten lunch properly)

After getting more confused when the next line read “boil until cooked” I called my mom and discovered my error. Thankfully she is a much better cook than I (and my dad can make jalebis around us both while blindfolded) so she was able to make a very good suggestion: “Well, it’s all still edible. Keep going and add more spice to cover up the taste. Did you make rice already?”

Thanks Mom.

Wait – what?

Oh that’s right. I was trying to make radish sambar and forgot to make the rice to go with it… *SIGH* Seriously folks, do not cook when hungry.

Determined to finish, I added the watery tamarind mixture and the remaining spices to the mix (neglecting the toovar dal I had also forgotten to make).

It ended up looking realistic enough I suppose. I’m waiting for the rice to finish cooling while I write this. I may have also made an emergency batch of instant sambar just in case (Thank you GITS!)

If I die, at least I won’t have to eat any green veggies. But who would’ve thought it would be the white ones that did me in?
Fenugreek & urad dal in oil

Fenugreek & urad dal in oil

Beautifully chopped radishes

Beautifully chopped radishes

WAY too much tamarind compared to proper ratio

WAY too much tamarind compared to proper ratio

WRONG POT

WRONG POT

Finished product?

Finished product?

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