Oats Sambar

Oats Sambar

Oats sambar

Who said sambar can be made only with pulse and not a cereal?
With dhal prices sky high we have to look for an alternative to make our staple sambar varieties, so I tried it by replacing dhal with Oats and to my surprise it came out very well and it looked and tasted like our regular sambar itself and the best part is it can be done within minutes and only 4 or 5 tbsps was enough to make sambar for my family.Check how to to make this yummy oats sambar recipe below.


Oats-4 tbsps
Drumstick-1 no chopped to finger length pieces
Onions-2 nos chopped
Sambar powder-3 tsps
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind extract-from small lemon sized tamarind
Salt-to taste
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafetida-a pinch
Curry leaves and coriander leaves a few
Oil-1 tsp.


👉Cook the oats in one cup boiling water as usual with turmeric powder and  mash it well until mushy set aside.
👉Cook the drumsticks in pressure cooker for 2 whistles and set aside along with the water.
👉Heat oil in a kedai add mustard seeds,curry leaves and allow it to splutter,next add the onions cook well.
👉Now add the cooked oats followed by sambar powder,tamarind extract,salt,add drumstick (along with its cooked water) and cook till raw smell goes.
Check for salt .
  👉Garnish and Serve hot .

Preparation time-15 mins.


✍️Different brands of oats have different cooking time (regular oats eaters will know that.) So depending on the brand you use cook the oats accordingly.
✍️Mash the oats well (even this varies with the brand as you know some will be very flaky)otherwise you can see oats separately in your sambar( some people might not like it that way.)
✍️If you find that your oats is still look flaky even after cooking for 5 mins blend it in a mixie to a smooth paste and the use it.
✍️While adding tamarind extract be careful as this sambar doesn't need that much tamarind.
✍️Due to gelatinization process the sambar will be slightly sticky and tends to thicken soon in that case add hot water to it and mix well before serving.
✍️This sambar goes well with rice,idli dosa,pongal etc.

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