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Idli sambar recipe | Indian Food Recipes

Idli sambar recipe is known a sambar recipe for idli-dosa. Idli, dosa’s is incomplete unless it is served with a delicious lentil based curry or soup. In India’s many region, idlis or medu vada are even dipped in this so called sambar or curry or soup then served. Additionally it is then topped with coconut chutney which gives an immense pleasure to your tongue.It is generally prefered the sambar prepared just with lentil aka idli tiffin sambar and not with coconut.

Sambar was first originated in karnataka according to wikipidia. In kannada ‘sambaru padharatha’ means mix of spices and pickles. This recipe of sambar goes very well with the meaning of sambar.


  • for masala:
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • ¼ tsp methi seeds / fenugreek seeds
  • 5 kashmiri red chillis, dried
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¼ onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic paste / 3 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup coconut, fresh / desiccated
  • small gooseberry sized tamarind
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • water as required, to blend smooth
  • for hotel style sambar:
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ onion, diced into cubes
  • ½ potato, diced into cubes
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup beans, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked toor dal
  • 3 cups water or as required, to adjust consistency
  • small piece of jaggery / gud
  • few coriander leaves, chopped
  • for tempering:
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¾ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¾ tsp urad dal
  • pinch of hing / asafetida
  • few curry leaves
hotel style sambar masala recipe:
  1. in a wide pan add oil, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, methi, red chillis and few curry leaves.
  2. now add some onions and garlic paste.
  3. switch off the flame and add coconut.
  4. add a piece of tamarind and garam masala powder.
  5. blend to smooth paste.
Hotel style sambar recipe:
  1. in a large kadai add a tsp of oil and saute diced onions till they sweat.
  2. now add potatoes and fry for a minute
  3. along with water also add turmeric and salt to taste.
  4. now add beans and cook for a minute.
  5. add prepared masala paste and give a good stir. boil for 5-8 minutes.
  6. add cooked dal.
  7. also add 2-3 cups of water to get desired consistency.
  8. add a small piece of jaggery.
  9. prepare the tempering and pour it to sambar
  10. add few chopped coriander leaves and give a good mix.
Recipe Type: side dish
Cuisine: south indian
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4 Servings


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