This authentic recipe is a perfect fit for the Onam spread
Onam is an annual harvest festival celebrated by the Malyalis in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the official festival of the state and brings in joy, enthusiasm and unity despite caste, creed and religion. It is celebrated in the state to mark the homecoming of the Great King Mahabali, and is also said to mark the harvest season. The festival lasts for ten days and is celebrated with great magnificence. As the ritual, Onam means a call to a variety of delicious Malyali cuisines and dishes. One of them is the Sambar Sadam (Sambar Rice) Recipe. This one pot meal holds all the goodness of taste and health. This sambar sadam is usually served along with its accompaniment, ‘curd rice’. This combo is commonly found in Malayali houses and is cherished by them.
Sambar not only has a rich taste but also is great for health. This lentil and vegetables combo recipe is said to be originated in India, but is also cooked and loved by the people of our neighbouring countries Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). Sambar is believed to have its traces from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The story behind the recipe goes as such that Maratha ruler, Shivaji’s son, Sambhaji created the dish when he himself cooked a dal recipe in the absence of his head chef. From there this recipe spread all over the South Indian states including states like Maharashtra and nearby. Sambar along with hot steam rice is a perfect meal combo in the South Indian households and tastes heavenly.