Monday, September 10, 2012

Tiffin Sambar Recipe - Hotel Style | Side Dish for Idli Dosa Pongal

Tiffin Sambar Recipe
The weekend was a packed one though saturday started off on a boring note...Hubby surprised by taking us to a movie and that ended up for a great weekend. The movie was just ok kind but the togetherness and family times means the most to us :) And yest got to meet one of my close school friends as a new mommy and had a good time chatting.
Tiffin sambar is mittus fav either with idli, dosa or even ven pongal.  When it comes to hotel sambar nothing can beat annapoorna sambar and by telling this I dont claim this recipe as the same , this is just the sambar recipe we get it in mess or hotels :)

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Tiffin Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Split Yellow Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
Small Onion – 10 halved
Tomato – 1 chopped
Potato – 1 medium sized chopped roughly
Carrot - 1
Green Chilli – 1
Tamarind pulp – 1/2 tbsp
Jaggery – 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp for garnishing
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chllies - 1


To temper:

Oil / Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 8
Hing - a generous pinch

Method:

  1. Dry roast the ingredients under 'to roast and grind' and grind it to a semi fine powder. Set aside. Dry roast moong dal till nice aroma comes and is slightly browned.
    How to make rajma masala - Step1
  2. Cool down and pressure cook with enough water for 4-5 whistles until its mushy. Smash it again with a laddle, set aside. In a kadai - add the onion, tomato and green chillies. Saute till tomato shrinks and raw smell leaves.
    How to make rajma masala - Step2
  3. Then add potato and carrot along with turmeric powder and salt and saute for 2mins. Then transfer this to the cooked dal. Either you can add more water at this stage and pressure cook for 1 whistle or just cook the veggies while boiling itself. Then add the roast and ground powder.
    How to make rajma masala - Step3
  4. Soak tamarind in warm water , discard the seeds and add this to sambar, then add jaggery. Allow the sambar to boil and thicken. Add required salt.
    How to make rajma masala - Step4
  5. Once it is boiled and reaches the desired consistency, add coriander leaves. In a kadai add the items under ' to temper' and transfer this to the sambar. Switch off.
    How to make rajma masala - Step5
This is perfect with idlis and dosas. Serve hot with idlis drizzled with ghee....heaven!! :)
Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar Recipe

My Notes:

  • Tempering at the last stage retains the flavour and aroma. You can drizzle ghee while switching off. While roasting you can add 2 tsp of coconut too.
  • Dont add more tamarind than mentioned as it will give a more tangy taste.
  • You can also brinjals along with potato and carrots which is the best combo of veggies.
  • Use small onion as it enhances the flavour of the sambar.
  • Pressure cooking rajma till nice soft and then simmering in the gravy makes the bean absorb the gravy well.
Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar Recipe

51 comments:

  1. Love this combo ever... yummm and way too tempting. I do the same way , except I add fenugreek and little coconut for roasting and grinding part. :):)

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  2. Looks so colourful and tempting, lovely pictures as usual :) kalakita po!

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  3. Love sambar and idli... wonderful combo

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  4. I also prepare this when I make idli..love it..

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  5. Very similar to how we make it too. Dhaniya adds a lot of flavor. Nice clicks.

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  6. Tempting combo...Perfect and yummy...

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  7. very colorful n yummy ,my fav ever green combo.looks delicious

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  8. I'll die for Hotel sambar... Love ur tamil font on ur clicks...
    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  9. Lovely clicks. i too make the same way but i use toor dal.

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  10. Such a colorful and tempting combo!!! Love the vessel in which sambar is kept - so cool!!

    Sowmya

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  11. Super tempting sambar. Inga rendu idli and one bucket sambar parcel!!. Beautiful clicks

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  12. Awesome Sharmi.. lovely presentation and sambhar looks super good..:))
    Reva

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  13. Like your neat and simple presentation. And the pictures are tempting..
    Especially love the sambar over the idli picture.

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  14. Excellent side dish for both idlies and dosas,my fav.

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  15. oh sharmi... u make me drool of annapoorna sambhar... i too love it very much... hope next month will visit annapoorna... n ur sambhar looks so yumm dear... love it with dosa or pongal....
    yumm...yumm...

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  16. Wow..Lokks yum..Like to have it now...

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  17. Looks delicious and I loooove the spread..

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  18. my mouth is watering seeing the idli and sambar pics....

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  19. Love those spongy idlis soaking beautifully in that sambar! Beauties!

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  20. Wow awesome!! Looks too delectable dear :)

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  21. Love love your presentation. Looks tempting..

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  22. Loved the click and also your sambar bucket. The sambar looks so perfect and delicious.

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  23. That's an mouthwatering sambar recipe....

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  24. Lovely Presentation... Looks so yumm... Really look Hotel style...

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  25. Very flavorful n tasty sambar, just finished my breakfast but ur idly-sambar pics makes me hungry :) i make it same way but instead chana dal i use urad dal...will try this soon...Lovely pics as always!!

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  26. Totally delicious, as always great clicks

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  27. one small doubt.. do you have to cut the small onions ?

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  28. this is such a delicious recipe - everyone at my home enjoyed this sambar

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  29. Just made the sambar for dinner. Absolutely delicious!!!

    Thanks, this is a keeper..

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  30. Thanks for providing this information, its was really good recipe..

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  31. i have a doubt...we add tamarind n boil it....u mentioned to add tamarind in the end?

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    1. I have mentioned to boil until it thickens...please check

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  32. I usually use toor dal for sambhar, does moong dal make a difference?

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    1. Yes thats the speciality of tiffin sambar, do give a try and see

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  33. Today I tried this sambar for lunch n received good name from my in-law :-) thanks for your recipe...

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  34. Hey sharmi chechi, i made this sambhar today and it was a great combo with Idlis and paniyarams too.gonna post in my blog.will surely link back to u r lovely site.just have a look http://mycookworld.blogspot.in/

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  35. dear sharmi, sambar romba nalla irunduchu.veetla ellarume super sonnanga.

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  36. dear sharmi sambar was good ,
    my kids like the sambar...........

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  37. This was the first item I tried from your cookery an year ago. That was the time when I was pregnant and craved for Indian food like hell. With no experience in cooking and no one to cook for me as I live in U.S. as I tried this, it came out so much well that I started to cry getting reminded of my mom. Hubby loved it tons. Thanks a lot! You made my day! !

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  38. Thank you so much for all those nice words...glad to hear that the site is of help! Keep visiting!! :)

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  39. is jaggery is optional r have to had compulsory

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    1. I've already mentioned it as an optional ingredient..:)

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  40. I tried it today............
    its superb..........
    I loved it..........
    thank u

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  41. Hi,

    Tried this recipe today. The sambar turned out excellent!! Thanks a lot :)

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