Every dish has a story to tell.
Sambar is a popular south-Indian dish.
But is it really south Indian?
Never would you have thought that it may not be south Indian.
If you read into the history of Sambar you will see that Sambar originated in the kitchen of Thanjavur Maratha ruler Shahuji.
Shahuji, trying to make a dish called Amti, experimented with toor dal instead of moong dal and tamarind extract for kokum.
The court named it sambhar after the guest of the day, Sambhaji, second emperor of the Maratha Empire.
Sambaru Padartha in Kannada, the language of Karnataka means 'Mix of spices & condiments'.
Whether it originated in Tamil Nadu or Maharashtra or Karnataka, all we know today is that Sambar is extremely popular world over.
The south-Indian delicacies Idli, Vada, Masala Dosa cannot be eaten without a generous serving of Sambar.
Are you a Sambar Lover? Do share any Sambar Stories you might have!