Chena sambar is a very easy to make curry as there is no fine cutting and chopping involved .The yam is cut into big pieces and so is the ginger and green chili.
This age old recipe comes to you from Ammumma (granny).Let me quote what she says”Nallavannam vevunna chena ayirikanam.” She has a unique recipe for making this sambar which I am sure you will find nowhere else.
If she was to tell you the recipe it would go like this… fistful(oru pidi) ,kurachu(little) or a pinch (oru nullu) :).
She does no compromise on using whole spices and reluctantly okays using powders but she definitely adds ” swaadu kurayum”.Oh! pressure cooker too is no.. no..for her .
This recipe is a breeze if done using pressure cooker .
Tamarind- a small lime sized soaked in water or1 tsp paste
asafoetida- a pinch
Ginger-1 to 2 inch piece(cut into rounds)
Green chili – 2 or 3 (cut into rounds)
Small onion 7 to 8( thinly sliced)
salt to taste
Mustard,whole red chilies and curry leaves for seasoning.