My friend Ashwini’s recipe for Sambar

July 20, 2007 at 6:05 am 2 comments

My friend Ashwini ,makes a very tasty and delicious sambar. Iam posting this recipe here for Ashwini who wants to share her recipe with everyone. She also wants to give the credit for her speciality dish to her mom ,for passing on the recipe to her.

Making of Sambar Powder:Ashwini says that the secret behind her delicious sambar is freshly ground home made sambar powder. As it hardly takes time,I prefer making it while Iam making sambar. All you need to do is dry roast
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
4/5 dry red chillies(adjust according to your taste and type of chillies )
2 tsps coriander seeds
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp methi seeds
4-5 pepper corns
grated coconut,as much as desired(optional)
and grind to a fine powder or paste by adding water

I follow the same recipe to make sambar powder,except that I don’t use poppy seeds.

To make sambar,
3 medium sized tomatoes chopped
1 cup bite size chunks of bottle gourd(peeled and deseeded)
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 potato chopped
sambar powder
1 key lime sized tamarind ball soaked in water
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder(optional)
1 cup toor dal cooked soft and mushy


Pressure cook toor dal and keep aside. Meanwhile,in a wide saucepan add veggies along with 4 cups of water. Let the veggies cook till done. Extract tamarind juice and add to the boiling mixture. Now,add mashed dal,turmeric,salt,redchilly powder,sambar powder. Bring to a boil and season with mustard seeds,cumin,red chillies and curry leaves.Enjoy with hot rice

Entry filed under: Sambar and Stew.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Asha  |  July 20, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Thank Ashwini for me and thank you for posting a sambhar with powder recipe too.I love the golden color!:))

  • 2. Madhavi  |  July 20, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Asha!Ashwini was very delighted for the first comment on her recipe.

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