Bolu Huli/Plain Sambhar

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This is a unique dish from the Udupi Brahmin community. This is simple to make much like Dalithoy but with vegetables like Okra, Winter Melon/Ash gourd, Bottle gourd, Egg plant/Brinjal, it is more of a sambhar than just dal. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Chopped okra – 3 Cups

2. Toor dal – 1/2 Cup

3. Green chilly – 2-3 (less spicy)

4. Tamarind – A generous lump

5. Jaggery – 1 Tablespoon

6. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

7. Salt – As per taste

8. Cooking oil – 2 TeaspoonsKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                     Toor Dal & ingredients of SeasoningKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                        Chopped Okra and other ingredients

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

3. Red chilli pieces – 4-5

4. Curry leaves – 2-3 Sprigs

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and soak Toor dal in water for about 15 minutes. Cook with about 1.5 cups of waterKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                            Cooked Toor Dal

2. Wash, wipe and chop okra into bite size pieces and keep it aside as shown above. Transfer it to a broad based bowl and add slit green chilly, jaggery, salt, turmeric powder, Asafoetida powder, salt, Jaggery, Tamarind  and 1.5 cups water and allow it to cook on medium flameKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Okra being cooked with other ingredients

3. When cooked right, transfer cooked dal to the bowl and bring it to the right consistency by adding water in steps. I have transferred the whole dish to another bowl.)KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                       Cooked dal being mixed to cooked Okra

4. Place a spatula with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame. When heated add mustard seeds to it.  When it splutters, add red chili pieces, asafoetida powder and finally curry leaves to it. Season the dish. Ready to serve Bolu huli is as shown in the image below. Enjoy with rice and a spicy papad.

Yummmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                          Ready to serve Bolu Huli

How long it take :45 minutes

Number of servings: 2-3

Note: 1. Tender Okras is most preferred to this dish. Other veggies like Ash gourd, Bottle gourd is also most preferred.

2. Cooking veggies on direct flame is to cook it to the right consistency, so that one can get to relish the veggie.

3. Seasoning enhances the taste of this dish – remember, it has no as it has no masala contents.


2 thoughts on “Bolu Huli/Plain Sambhar

    Priya said:
    August 9, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Never says no to sambhar, inviting..

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Hi Priya,

      It is my favorite too any time.

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