Sambar Powder

Sambar is a popular South Indian stew made with lentils, vegetables, tamarind and some spices. It is

 a everyday dish typically eaten with idly, dosa, uttapam and steamed white rice. It is said that Sambar

 provides a complete nutrition to the body as it is protein packed.

 Sambar powder or the spice powder which is added to this dish plays a key role in the dish. A variety

 of lentils and spices are used to make Sambar powder. There are many variations of preparing

 Sambar powder across India. Today I will be talking about the Smabar powder which my mom

 makes and stores in refrigerator for 1-2 months. Lets get started with the list of ingredients and


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Toor dal 1 cup

Udad dal 1 cup

Chana dal 1 cup

Coriander seeds  1-1/2 cup

Cumin seeds 1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1/4 cup

Black pepper corns 1 tbsp

Rice 1 tbsp

Dry red chili 20

Curry leaves 1 /2 cup

Salt to taste


Dry roast all the dals separately till nice aroma comes.

Similarly dry roast all the other ingredients separately till nice and brown.

Let all the ingredients cool completely.

Grind in a blender till nice and smooth powder.

Store in air tight container for up to 3 months.

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8 comments: said...

Homemade sambar masala enhance the taste of sambar to several notches. Yours sounds flavorful

Suma Gandlur said...

Each household their own favorite blend of sambhar powder and this is the first time I am coming across one with no addition of coconut. Will try this for my coconut hating husband and will let you know.

vaishali sabnani said...

Fragrant and aromatic, this is one condiment that is a must in Indian kitchens. Like your version with tamarind.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

This is such an important spice powder to have in our pantry. I love to try different sambar powder recipes as every house has its unique flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Srivalli said...

We love different versions of this podi, your recipe sounds fantastic!..

Sweet Tooth Raf said...

I love good homemade sambar powders and they always taste so much more better than the store bought versions... Looks so flavorful...

Radha said...

This is a pantry essential. I would love to try your proportions. Sounds amazing to me.

Narmadha said...

Such a flavorful and must-have spice powder in the pantry. It elevates the taste of the sambar.