Sambar/Udupi Hotel style Sambar is simply delicious No sambar powder used .Freshly ground spices takes this sambar to a whole new level.fragrant flavourful sambar goes well with Soft idlis / dosa uttapam .We love it with rice though .
Udupi sambar is easy and delicious .unlike the other sambars it slightly sweet .Udupi  sambar is my most favourite among all other variety of sambar .It pairs well with idlis and also with steamed rice as well .

1 /2 cup tur/arhar dal/pigeon peas lentil
5 to 6 Shallots
2 drumstick
4 to 5 baby brinjal/1 brinjal chopped
1 carrot
1 cup pumpkin diced
1 med sized tomato
salt to taste

1 1/2 tsp jaggery or as needed
Tamarind 2 tsp soaked in warm water

Grind to
4 tbsp fresh grated Coconut
1 tsp chana dal
1/4 tsp methi seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
4 to 5 dry red chillies
7 to 8 pepper corns

2 red chillies
 a sprig Curry leaves
1 1/2 tbsp Oil /ghee
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida

  • Soak the dal for 20 min .
  • Boil it till soft .I prefer boiling it in a vessel you can pressure cook  too.
  • Also I  boil the veggies separately .
  • Dry roast the chana dal chilli and all spices mentioned.
  • Grind the roasted spices with fresh coconut to a paste.
  • In a vessel /pan heat oil or ghee add curry leaves mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Add the chillies.
  • Add shallots and saute .
  • Also add 1 chopped tomato and saute.
  • Now add the ground paste and saute for few minutes.
  • Add the boiled dal and mix.
  • Add water and salt.
  • Now add the boiled veggies and let it simmer .
  • Now add jaggery.
  • Add tamarind pulp and simmer for 10 minutes .
  • you can add tempering over the sambar too.

Pista Cookies ,buttery delicious egg free cookies..these pistachio cookies are buttery delicious egg free cookies .Just mix slice and bake .Bakery style Pista cookies are not only easy to make but taste so delicious .Enjoy them with chai or Coffee or munch on them plain .Aromatic addictive delicious Pista cookies .
140 grams  all purpose flour/maida
1 tbsp cornflour
100 grams butter
60 to 70 grams powdered sugar
90 grams pistachio
1/2 tsp rose/1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp milk .


  • In a bowl mix butter and sugar well
  • To this add flour cornflour , milk , 2tbsp sliced pista ,essence and mix to a dough
  • Take chopped pista in a plate.
  • Roll the dough into logs .

  • Now roll each log on the sliced/chopped pistachio.
  • Keep the rolled log in the refrigerator for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Slice them with a knife into 1/4 inch slices.

  • Line a baking tray with parchment and arrange the cookie slices.

  • Bake for 15 to 18 min at 170 degree Celsius.
  • Allow them to completely cool before storing in air tight container.

I have added  some pista to the dough you can skip and just use them to roll.
If you prefer less sweet use 50 gram sugar

Malwani Kombdi Vade /Kombdi Wade is a classic malwani dish popular throughout Maharashtra. Kombdi Wade /Vade means Fried vadas with chicken Masala.Its an amazing combo.  Kombdi vade is not complicated if you have the flour ready at home .Though these days bhajni or vade flour is available easily its always better to make it from scratch..So lets see how to make Kombdi Vade with homemade flour .
Easy malwani Kombdi Vade ,malvani wade ,kombadi vade
For the flour
Rice 2 1/2  cups any variety
Jowar 1/4 cup
Urad dal 1/2 cup
Chana dal 1/2 cup

2 to 3 tbsp Dhania/coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Methi or fenugreek seeds
2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp haldi /turmeric powder .
1/2 tsp chilli powder to mix in the dough (optional)
Oil to fry

Wash the grains and sun dry them well for a day or two
Or dry roast them separately and then grind it .
Grind it in a flour mill make sure the texture is not smooth but a coarse powder just like rava /semolina
Adding warm water knead the dough
And cover and keep aside for an 2 to 4 hours .
Divide into balls and roll it like a puri over  a plastic sheet
You can make a puri or roll it and make a hole in the centre as shown in the pic
Heat oil to deep fry
Add the rolled vade and fry in hot oil over medium flame turning both sides till golden brown .
Serve with Chicken Masala/Kombdi Rasa and solkadhi.
You can add  choppes onion coriander leaves and gren chilli to the dough as well .

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