Whenever I have mentioned in my prior blog posts about Idli and Sambar, I have always mentioned “bucket” of sambar. Even today, in Tamil Nadu marriages, all items on the menu – idli, chutney, sambar, rasam, koottu, curry, payasam, and even buttermilk – are served from the buckets. So the popular saying of “bucket of sambar”.
I have eaten in Indian restaurants all over the world including India. But none of these restaurants serve sambar in a bucket. They serve sambar in a bowl or a katori.
Last week I was having dinner in an Indian restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina. I ordered a masal dosa. When they brought the masal dosa with 2 different chutneys and sambar, there was a pleasant surprise, surprise, surprise. The sambar was served in a small bucket. This is the first time anywhere in the world I have seen. Here is the photo.