Indian cooking is very rich. There are so many cooking methods, ingredients and masalas that a dish needs to have. It becomes a challenge for many people to get the taste right. However, following the recipe will not be a problem for those who cook often. While we are all used to the style of cooking in India, we might not expect a foreigner to cook Indian food like a pro. But one Instagram user is breaking stereotypes as he cooks all sorts of Indian dishes. Jake Dryan, a social media user and evangelist of plant-based recipes, is exposing his audience to a variety of Indian dishes. While he cooks dishes like thoran cabbage, masala dosa, aloo gobhi etc- his recent sambhar cooking video has left many people stunned!
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In a video he uploaded to his Instagram, you can see him making traditional south Indian style sambhar. First he takes toor dal and boils it with haldi powder. Then, on the pan, he fried shallots and other vegetables to add to the sambhar. Then he took tamarind and made a mixture out of it. Then he mixes dal, tamarind, spices and sambhar masala together and mixes them. Finally, he makes tadka from curry leaves, dal, rai, and red peppers, dipped in sambhar and served with rice! Watch his full video here:
Since he uploaded this video, it has been viewed 4.2 million times, has 260k likes and over two thousand comments. Many people are amazed at his creativity. One person wrote, “As a Tamilian, this looks real and delicious.” Another mentioned, “The guy even got a proper tadka pan! You’re doing well, my friend. Delicious food, enjoy!”
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Someone even said, “This is the best copy of authentic South Indian sambhar. Nice to see you try all the South Indian recipes that are often not recognized when it comes to cuisine. India.” One user also said: “Wow! Trying hard! Growing up in Tamil Nadu, this looks exactly like the way my mom cooks! Thanks for trying this recipe”.
Many people in the comments section also gave their cooking tips for making South Indian food.
What do you think of this delicious sambhar?! Let us know in the comments below.