Idli Sambar Recipe

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A delicious sambar for Idli, Dosa or Pongal.
sambar for idli

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Sambar Powder – 1 tsp
Masoor Dal – 1 tsp
Toor Dal – 1 tsp
Drumstick – 1, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Tomato – 1, chopped
Onions – 2, finely chopped
Yellow Pumpkin – 1 tblsp, chopped
Beans – 1 tblsp, chopped
Carrot – 1 tblsp, chopped
Coriander Leaves – 2 tsp, finely chopped
Tamarind Extract – 1 cup
Salt as per taste
Oil as required

To Grind:
Bengal Gram Dal – 1 tsp
Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
Coconut – 2 tsp, grated
Dry Red Chillies – 2

For Tempering:
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

1. Heat little oil in a frying pan.
2. Fry the ingredients to grind for 45 seconds.
3. Grind to a fine powder and keep aside.
4. Boil the masoor dal and toor dal together.
5. Transfer the tamarind extract to a pan over medium flame.
6. Add salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder and mix well.
7. Heat little oil in a frying pan.
8. Saute the onions, tomatoes, beans, pumpkin and carrot for 2 to 3 minutes.
9. Add to the tamarind extract and bring to a boil.
10. Add the ground masala and cooked dals.
11. Stir well and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
12. Fry the tempering ingredients in little oil and add to the sambar.
13. Garnish with coriander leaves.
14. Serve hot with idli, dosa, pongal or chapati.

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12 thoughts on “Idli Sambar

  1. potato chips said on January 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

    hey its not that every sambar should be added tamarind water.. The unique taste of this idly sambar is that, it is made without tamarind water.
    The rich taste and flavour is created by the other spices which we usually do not add in the normal sambar..

  2. Shankar said on August 10, 2011 at 1:29 am


  3. priya said on July 3, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Excellent recipe, give image ple.

  4. Lavi said on June 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    how a sambhar can be made without sambhar masala & tamarind water.
    also moong dal is added which is not reqd…what kind of SAmbhar is dis??????? surely not a south indian one…

  5. ngar said on May 20, 2010 at 3:22 am

    its good

  6. ipsita said on April 18, 2010 at 4:29 am

    yummy………………… yaar
    very delicious

  7. ipsita said on April 18, 2010 at 4:26 am

    yummy…………… very delicious

  8. Sriram said on March 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Very poor explanation. Without tamarind water how can you make sambar. Thoor dal to be pressure cooked and then added. It is not the way to make sambar. I request the website people to screen the recipe before putting onto the website.

  9. premashyam said on August 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    excellent taste thanks for giving this method

  10. vel said on April 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    It is really delicious , Thanks

  11. vel said on April 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    It is really delicious, Thanks

  12. priti said on November 17, 2008 at 12:14 pm


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