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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Sambar Recipe(Idli Side dish)

Idli Sambar Recipe

There are many varieties of sambar which can be prepared based on our taste. I am going to add idli sambar recipe below. You can add any vegetable of your choice to this sambar. I will add those notes at the last.


  • Tamarind juice-1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Chili powder-1tsp
  • Tuvar dal/ Toor dal-1/2 cup
  • Sambar powder 1 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato- 1(chopped, optional)
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Oil-1 tsp
  • Urad dal-1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

Serves: 2


Cook tuvar dal in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. After it gets cooled mash well and kept it aside.

Take a lemon sized tamarind add it to bowl of hot water, extract think tamarind juice. Throw away the pulp. Boil the extracted tamarind juice in a vessel with sambar powder, salt, hing, chili powder, turmeric, tomato. Let it boil for some twenty to thirty minutes. Check to see if the level of the boiling liquid has gone down little. Now add the cooked tuvar dal and mix well. Add sufficient water. Take a pan heat a tbsp of oil splutter mustard and urad dal. Add it to the boiling sambar and switch off. Add curry leaves and hot spicy sambar is ready to serve.


1. Onion and tomatoes goes well with this sambar generally. I wanted to post an onion less version so i did not add it here.
2. You can add any chopped vegetables like carrot, potato, drumstick, radish, etc.
3. You can even splutter use red or the sliced green chilies to the sambar instead of the chilli powder. It will add more spiciness to the sambar.

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