Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe  with step by step pictures.

One of the most easiest, tastiest and healthiest dish is this Sambar sadham. I make this once in a while. For a change, I make Bisi Bele Bhath, the famed dish from Karnataka.

Since rice can be replaced by millets, I came up with the idea for making sambar sadham with Samai or Little millet.


I started cooking for this blogging marathon a little ahead as I did not want to rush the cooking, clicking, editing and drafting process.

I also planned to make a couple or more of dishes a day so that the cooking gets over quickly. This technique is from Srivalli, the brain behind this event, who used to cook more than half a dozen dishes on weekends!

I prepared this dish, a dessert,another main course on the same day and by the end of the day I was more tired from clicking pics than from the cooking process!!

There were a few bits and pieces of vegetables and some peas that started sprouting so put together this dish before the veggies went bad.

Sambar onions or shallots is the best to use for this recipe. You may substitute it with the regular onion but the taste wont be the same.

Anyway, this is a no fuss recipe and all you need to do is dump the ingredients into a pressure cooker and let it do its stuff. After 15 minutes, lunch is ready to be served!

I made this for lunch and kept aside a portion for Lil Angel to taste.When she got back from school, I reheated it and served it with a drizzle of ghee and some crisps. She fell head over heels in love with it. She has been asking me to make this again and hopefully I will one of these days!

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

 How to prepare Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

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Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

The classic one pot meal made with millets! It is healthy and an absolute comfort food!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Author: PJ
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Samai / Little millet
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 cups Mixed vegetables,chopped
  • 1/8 cup Raw Peanuts
  • 1/2 cup Sambar Onions / shallots
  • 1 number Tomato , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Channa Dal
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • A few curry leaves
  • 2 numbers Red chilies
  • 2-3 teaspoons Sambar powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind extract- adjust to taste
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard, cumin seeds, chana dal and urad dal and saute .

  2. Once the mustard pops,add curry leaves, red chili,peanuts. Saute for a minute and add the shallots. 

  3. After a minute add the mixed vegetables and tamarind extract.

  4. Add sambar power, turmeric powder,salt and mix well. Then and the tomato and water.

  5. Put in them millet and the dal,mix and bring to a boil.

  6. Cover and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles / till done. Once the pressure releases, remove the lid, give it a stir and serve.

Recipe Notes
  • If you want it more gooey[that's the way it should be], add more water, else decrease the quantity of water used.
  • Use any vegetables like carrot, peas, potato , cauliflower, peas,fresh toor,hyacinth beans soaked channa/ kidney beans etc.
  • Tastes best when served hot drizzled with a generous dose of ghee.
  • Use sambar onions / shallots for the perfect taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of tamarind extract based on how tart it is. The dish should have a mild tartness and not too sour.
  • Similarly adjust the quantity of sambar powder based on how mild / spicy you want to dish to be.

Step by step method to prepare Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard, cumin seeds, chana dal and urad dal and saute .Once the mustard pops,add curry leaves, red chili,peanuts. Saute for a minute and add the shallots. After a minute add the mixed vegetables and tamarind extract.

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

Add sambar power, turmeric powder,salt and mix well. Then and the tomato and water.

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

Put in them millet and the dal,mix and bring to a boil.

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

Cover and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles / till done. Once the pressure releases, remove the lid, give it a stir and serve.

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

I just served it with some crisps.You can also serve it with raita.

Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe

Notes:

  • If you want it more gooey[that’s the way it should be], add more water, else decrease the quantity of water used.
  • Use any vegetables like carrot, peas, potato , cauliflower, peas,fresh toor,hyacinth beans soaked channa/ kidney beans etc.
  • Use sambar onions / shallots for the perfect taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of tamarind extract based on how tart it is. The dish should have a mild tartness and not too sour.
  • Similarly adjust the quantity of sambar powder based on how mild / spicy you want to dish to be.
  • Tastes best when served hot drizzled with a generous dose of ghee.

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12 thoughts on “Little Millet [Samai] Sambar Sadham Recipe”

  1. Sambhar sadam/BBB with millets looks so inviting !! I loved how you added lots of peanuts to them .. Wow 3 dishes a day is something great , it is such a difficult task to photograph each dish with different set up on the same day, kudos to your efforts pj !! He he so true no one can beat the superwomen who can finish half dozen cooking on the same day ..well said 🙂 This is fantastic No fuss recipe for sure !!

  2. PJ, i am loving the millet recipes. My hubby and I are practically off wheat and are shifting to millets, Your recipes are going to be featured in our daily menu. Wonderful recipe !! Cooking for BM, can be very interesting, but I somehow find it hard to do more than one post…I guess slowly all will follow the steps of The Superwoman !!

  3. My mouth is just watering here PJ, i have prepared almost the same dish with an another ingredient for my next week theme, now you are tempting me again to make this dish with little millet. Droolworthy.

    1. No Pavani,I don’t soak the millet before cooking. We get parboiled millets so I use them directly. Even otherwise I don’t soak it. I just pressure cook the millet, parboiled or otherwise.

  4. lol ! do the same… any leftover veggies goes into Bisibele bhath or sambhar saadam. I am sure ur kiddo loved it 🙂 hot saadam with ghee … ah ! bliss..

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