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The Near-Perfect Sambar!!!!

August 3, 2009

And finally, I have created the “almost” perfect SAMBAR for the first time in my life!!!!!

After so many unsuccessful attempts, I have finally managed to tame demons inside.Β I cooked sambar and vendakka kari (bhindi fry) along with rice and achar for dinner today and gained a couple of pounds after gorging on it!!! πŸ˜›

Shesh, I miss amma’s cooking……………………….

sambar1(my cooking is messy, please excuse πŸ˜€ )

PS: If any of you have noticed, I have not been that active in the blog world for a week now. I am going to blame in on the upcoming conference/training I am going to have in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the next three days from Monday.

If you believe that music is beyond language barriers, then you need to listen to this great song now.

Happy Belated Friendship Day everyone!!!!!!!!

53 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2009 4:35 am

    Why it it ‘almost’ perfect? What was missing?
    OG: Almost perfect means that it did not have the great taste that home cooked food generally has πŸ˜›
    And why is there no flow-chart explaining the process of sambar cooking?

    C’mon OG, we expect certain things from you now! πŸ™‚
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha πŸ˜› maybe next time πŸ˜› was busy today πŸ˜›

    Quirky Indian

    • August 3, 2009 7:09 am

      Ha..ha..ha… QI is right. Can we get a flow chart of the cleaning and cutting event? πŸ˜›
      OG: LOL πŸ˜› yes, next time I make it πŸ˜›

      • August 3, 2009 8:25 am

        what about the eating, Solilo? That was the real event, right OG?

        Good luck in Minneapolis…

  2. August 3, 2009 4:58 am


    I agree with Quirky Indian here!! I was expecting a flow chart!
    The post is near-perfect without the flowchart!!!!!!

    OG: hehehehehehe!!!!!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  3. August 3, 2009 5:29 am

    Did people eat this? and most importantly, did they get up the next day ??? πŸ˜‰ Congratss buddy on ‘creating’ the almost perfect sambhar !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    OG: LOL. they ate it about 2 hrs bak!!!!!!! πŸ˜› and they loved it πŸ˜›

    and best for luck for that conference πŸ™‚
    OG: thanks aliyaaaaaaaa!

    • August 3, 2009 5:50 am

      Is 2 hrs enuf to confirm the effects πŸ˜‰
      OG: LOL!!!!!!!!!! so far so good!!!!!!!

    • August 3, 2009 7:16 am

      I am waiting for Smita to arrive and reply to his comment. She tackles him very well. πŸ˜†
      OG: I know, but vimmuuu is not bad either πŸ˜†

    • August 3, 2009 1:45 pm

      @ Vimmuuu

      Huh!!! trust you to mock him!!!

      But tell me can u even boil water?? bbtt??? Nahin na??? I know πŸ˜›
      OG: ROFL!!!!!!

    • August 3, 2009 7:49 pm

      How many of them are recovering from the assault ? πŸ˜€
      OG: all are fit and fine even after 24 hours πŸ˜›

    • August 5, 2009 1:28 pm

      ‘OG: LOL. they ate it about 2 hrs bak!!!!!!! and they loved it ‘ – Good to know that πŸ™‚ Time to update the ‘shady’ profile of yours πŸ˜‰
      OG: hehehehehehehehehehe πŸ˜›

  4. August 3, 2009 5:47 am

    Aww that droolicious πŸ˜›
    OG: thanku thanku!!!!!!!!!
    Ms.Z is gonna b lucky OG πŸ˜‰
    OG: πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    I hv noticed that u r nt active in the blog world!

    *sniff* *wail* Dint find ur comments on my blog 😦
    OG: will get at it, right away!!!!!!!!!
    Hv a gr8 time @ Minneapolis, njoy the training [is it contradictory ;)] and come bk with lots to tell us!
    OG: thanks!!!!!!!!! will do
    N yeah, pls give us a step-by-step algorithm as to hw to prepare the sambar n kari πŸ˜›

    OG: you guys must be the experts…………. i am a novice at cooking πŸ˜‰

  5. August 3, 2009 5:54 am

    oh yea.. best of luck for the conference! πŸ™‚
    OG: Thanku Thanku!!!!!!!!!

  6. August 3, 2009 6:37 am

    dude get a big thenga and a bigger pooshnika and tell your room mates to put ‘soothi’ for you…

    yen kanne patudum pola irriku!! πŸ˜‰
    classic!!!!!!!!! dristi avaloo seekarana padaathu!!!!! dont worry!!!!!!!!

  7. August 3, 2009 7:09 am

    Gosh! you call this ‘almost’ perfect? Boy! this is pure genius. You modest guy! Now Ms. Z is not too far. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    OG: hehehehehehehehehe πŸ˜› I am sure that Ms. Z is not far away πŸ˜‰
    I made Sambhar and Beans fry today and of course Chicken. So same sambhar pinch. Ha..ha..ha..
    OG: YAY!!!!!!! same pinch………. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› well, chicken does not go with sambar… beef does πŸ˜›
    And you call that messy? Indian cooking is messy but it tastes the yummiest. I am sure when you cook like this your Mr. Clean roommates can clean up the Kitchen.
    OG: Yes, we all cleared the kitchen right away πŸ˜›

  8. August 3, 2009 7:12 am

    “If any of you have noticed, I have not been that active in the blog world for a week now.”

    Thank you lord!

    OG: yes bhagooooooooooo πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    well, I cant think of any smart reply πŸ˜› ROFL

    • August 3, 2009 7:15 am


      All the best for your training! Have fun.
      OG: thanku thanku πŸ˜›

  9. Mystery permalink
    August 3, 2009 7:52 am

    Congrats OG on successfully making the near-perfect sambar and all the bets for ur training
    OG: thanku thanku!!

  10. August 3, 2009 7:53 am

    ajith i’m seriously jealous about you man…apart from tight schedule with work – cooking,chatting,,blogging,playing football
    ….you are the man….kidding πŸ™‚
    OG: to be very truthful, I am not that busy πŸ˜›
    nyways all the best for your training…have fun
    hey man 4get to tell u…belated friendship day wishes
    OG: thanks aliya, same to you!

  11. August 3, 2009 9:35 am

    Yummy looking! well done.. it really looks like Sambhar.. πŸ™‚
    OG: hahahahahaha πŸ˜› thanks!

  12. August 3, 2009 9:46 am

    Congrats for the Sambhar … πŸ˜†

    and Happy Frndship Day to you too … :mrgreen:
    OG: thanks and same to you dude

  13. August 3, 2009 1:40 pm

    Great that you did it! The bendakaya looks yummy………could have invited your blog friends for lunch na?
    OG: ROFL πŸ˜› thanks and yes, next time, everyone is invited πŸ˜‰

  14. August 3, 2009 1:43 pm

    That’s bhindi??? hmmm ok!!!! πŸ˜€
    OG: well, that is more like bhindi “paste” fry πŸ˜›
    But seriously speaking whatever we make it can never be what our Mom’s make!!! Am visiting my parents next week and am already making a list of what I HAVE to eat!!! πŸ™‚
    OG: WOW….. congrats!!!!!!!!!

  15. August 3, 2009 2:51 pm

    My! My! The Sambhar & Bhindi curry sure look drooling! I’m off to the kitchen to make some sambhar for dinner! πŸ˜€ thank you for that spread and giving me an idea about what to cook tonite ,OG! I had almost made up my mind to order a home-delivery otherwise πŸ˜€
    OG: πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› you are welcome πŸ˜› OMG…. I am inspiring other people to cook…what has happened πŸ˜›

  16. August 3, 2009 4:48 pm

    Yummm… looks good, good show!

    And it looks pretty clean too πŸ™‚
    OG: thanks!!!!!!! ushus!!!!!
    And.. who is Ms Z????
    OG: Ms Z is the going to be my wife some day……….. πŸ˜‰ nobody knows who she is but
    Missed out on a lot of fun I can see!
    OG: great that you are back!

    • August 5, 2009 9:11 am

      OMG!! OG!! you said wife without choking on the word! :mrgreen:
      OG: i am growing old now πŸ˜› remember :mrgreen:

      • August 5, 2009 9:21 am

        good ! πŸ˜€ now repeat after me πŸ˜€

        OG loves flowers and shopping :mrgreen:
        OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜› neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr πŸ˜› only over my dead body!!!!!

        • August 5, 2009 1:29 pm

          LOL, Indyeah!

          Yes, that is a necessity before OG can be married off πŸ˜‰

  17. August 3, 2009 5:07 pm

    Machi, day by day your chances of getting married is improving πŸ˜‰ I think you are getting desperate in finding Ms.Z … πŸ˜€ anyways ‘muyarchi thiruvinaiyakkum’ πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    OG: πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› P πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Thanks!!!!

  18. thethoughtfultrain permalink
    August 3, 2009 5:13 pm

    Looks like you were feeding an army!! πŸ˜‰ Looks yummy !
    OG: just feeding 4 people πŸ˜› and thnaks!

  19. August 3, 2009 7:46 pm

    Congrats!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Finally!
    OG: I know…. finally is the correct word πŸ˜›

  20. August 3, 2009 9:59 pm

    Near perfect? It looks perfect aliyaa.. You are a kidu.. πŸ™‚

    and of course HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY!! :()
    OG: thanku Thanku aliyaaaaaaaaa and same to you as well!!!!!

  21. Happy Kitten permalink
    August 4, 2009 12:32 pm

    nd I was hoping to read the recipe too.. but where r the vegetables.. cant find any in ur sambar…
    OG: hahahahaha πŸ˜› come on happy kitten πŸ˜› you must be the expert in sambar making πŸ˜› and yes, did not add anything other than onions πŸ˜›
    the picture looks yummy and I wish every eligible bachelor aquires such wonderful abilities before marriage πŸ™‚ the future bahus are one lucky lot I should say…or is it because…
    OG: OMG… why is it that everyone is only talking about that πŸ˜›
    the way to a girl’s heart is through her stomach… times are changing πŸ™‚
    OG: hehehehehehehehehe

  22. August 4, 2009 1:02 pm

    whoa!! somebody’s been perfecting cooking skills…! and for a change, u dont have to eat anything else along with it to kill the bad taste..! πŸ˜€ congratssss!! πŸ˜›

    and good luck with ur training/conference… looking fwd to some interesting posts once u r done with it!
    OG: thanku Thanku!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜› I am back now πŸ˜›

  23. August 5, 2009 9:24 am

    All the best for the conference and the training OG! πŸ™‚
    come back to the blogworld soon πŸ™‚ you are being missed πŸ™‚
    OG:I am back!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜› and will get at it with renewed enthu πŸ˜›
    the sambhar looks yummy ..but then I have to see pics of ‘survivors'(If any) to believe in your cooking skills πŸ˜€
    OG: hehehehehehe πŸ˜› everyone is aliive!!!!!

  24. August 5, 2009 9:26 am

    err OG? the bhindi doesnt look like bhindi πŸ˜›
    OG: that bhindi became bhindi paste fry!!!
    and is this what you eat before training/conference etc? πŸ˜€

    Remember how bhindi was suppsoed to be ‘brain’ food according to your ‘ theory’? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    OG: OMG, you remember that!!!!!!!! that is very true….. plz believe me πŸ˜› eat it….. you need it :mrgreen:

    • August 5, 2009 12:39 pm

      i agree.. bhindi..? how much time did u cook it for..?
      OG: it took about 40 mins πŸ˜› to cook
      and the sambar looks really like a sambar. πŸ˜‰
      OG: hehehehehehehehhehe πŸ˜›

  25. August 5, 2009 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! on conquering the fine art of making sambhar πŸ™‚ Now you are all set , young man – All we need to do is find your Ms Z πŸ˜‰
    OG: Hail smithus, you tooo!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜›
    Training? Lucky you! I miss all that! Good food, good fun, meeting lots of people! – my idea of paradise πŸ™‚ Have fun and get back soon. And belated Happy friendship day !
    OG: I was asleep most of the time πŸ˜›

  26. Solilo permalink
    August 6, 2009 7:06 am

    BTW if it is a fry then why is it called kari? What will you call a curry then? πŸ˜›
    OG: in tamil Kari means fry………….. πŸ˜› :P….. that is how we always refer to it… at home….. dont know why πŸ˜›

    • Solilo permalink
      August 6, 2009 7:09 am

      Oh okay! then what is a curry called? I mean the liquid/semi solid veggie preparation one.
      OG: i dont knowwwwwwww πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› maybe koottu

      • Solilo permalink
        August 6, 2009 7:13 am

        ennappa nee.. tamizh koode suththama theriyillaya? adadadadada πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
        kavalpedathe.. naan unakka katthukodukkarein. Semi solid preparation = kootu
        OG: hehehe πŸ˜› if you have noticed, i did add that “koottu” in my cooment……. as an afterthought πŸ˜›

        • Solilo permalink
          August 6, 2009 7:17 am

          You cheated. It was just ‘I don’t know’. Shiva..Shiva…enna iva poyyi solraaan…kadavuleeeee.

          OG: LOL…………. damn talking in tamil, my mother tongue is tough πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› i am not lying…. wonly stating the truth

  27. Solilo permalink
    August 6, 2009 7:08 am

    Now that couple of days passed let me tell you the truth. That Sambhar ahem…looks like Dal and Bhindi fry looks like spinach ki sabzi. 😈

    OG: LOL……… i will not believe this……………….
    You should consult expert cooks like me before attempting such things. πŸ˜†
    OG: yeah yeah…. and poison my roomies :mrgreen:

    • Solilo permalink
      August 6, 2009 7:15 am

      illappa nijamaa. naan nallave cook pannuven. πŸ˜†
      OG: πŸ˜› πŸ˜› naa ithu nambamattaen……………… :mrgreen:

      • Solilo permalink
        August 6, 2009 7:19 am

        Unga ishtaum. Nalla food kazhikka ishtaum irundhaal recipe tharein. πŸ˜†

        I think Manichitrazh’s Nagavalli has entered my body. Ha..ha..ha..
        OG: hehehehehe πŸ˜› that i agree with πŸ˜› and yes, please send me good recipes of mallu dishes…..wanna master then now

        • August 6, 2009 11:25 am

          LOL! Solilo, I was just going to ask you about that!

          Whether you had a visitation by Nagavalli…

          Appo nee nambamattein…

          Vidamattein… and all that :P!

          Neenga Suupperaaa tamizh pesarein πŸ™‚

          Loved that repartee!
          OG: hehehehehe

  28. craftyshines permalink
    August 6, 2009 6:19 pm

    i go absconding for few days n EOG u cook??????

    πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!

    wah! bhindi???? that looks like green chillies πŸ˜›
    *crafty wears her glasses*
    they still look like chillies with coconut πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    OG: it did not come out exactly as I wanted πŸ˜‰
    sambar..hmmmmm…okie….if u say so EOG…as long as i don’t have to eat it! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    OG: ROFL!!!!!
    so how are roomies?? after a good serving of all this???
    OG: they are fine…………….
    first u dance, then u clean, then u cook……
    i can hear shaadi wala music playing in background EOG!!!!!
    OG: hmmmmmm πŸ˜›
    btw, can i send bf t u for training…..he can’t even make maggi!! πŸ˜›
    OG: Send him over πŸ˜› if I can cook. he certainly can πŸ˜›
    aww EOG, u miss mom’s cooking…. 😐
    u are most welcome at my place if u visit mumbai…

    my mommy will happily serve u full mallu saddya….i don’t like mallu food…..she will wanna exchange me for u!:lol:
    OG: yes yes πŸ˜› me coming over πŸ˜›

    am really late, but am glad u put that notice that u wud be away…

    just imagine the panic…EOG posts of self-cooked sambar and seriously doubtfull looking bhindi….and then mysteriously disappears!!!

    OG: hehehehehehehehehheheheh πŸ˜›

    btw, i had to write for a financial brand this week….and GUESS WHAT????? The brochure is…..filled…..with……..PIE DIAGRAMS AND GRAPHS!!!!!!

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    OG: hugs to you as well πŸ˜› and work hard…………. with those pie charts πŸ˜›

  29. Pal permalink
    August 7, 2009 5:36 pm

    Not bad at all! For a guy, that too an Ordinary guy πŸ˜‰ this was a Super effort. Definitely Super OG :-)))

  30. August 8, 2009 10:33 am

    Try to make it three four times and you’ll start getting the hang of it. You’ll know the proportions. πŸ™‚
    Happy friendship day to you too! Belated though! 😦

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