Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Idli Sambar Recipe - Tiffin Sambar for Idli,Dosa

Easy Idli Sambar Recipe

Idli Sambar is an unbeatable combo, I love to eat idli with both sambar and coconut chutney.Attimes I love to dunk the idlis in sambar and enjoy my sambar idli that is my preference only now, during my childhood days I hate to mash up and eat.I love mini idli sambar or sambar idli the best but only at some restaurants where I like their sambar, here in CBE I love both Annapoorna and Anandas.

Sambar is one of the quiteessential south indian staple lunch menu.Usually we make tiffin sambar with moong dal which I have posted long back but I prefer this sambar.This idli sambar recipe is no fancy just a easy method of making sambar so wanted to share it with you all.This sambar goes well with idli dosa pongal or even with rice.Attimes I make this in the morning as tiffin sambar and combine it with lunch as lunch sambar yes 2 in 1 sambar hehe :)

When we visit Annapoorna, I buy sambar idli just for the sake of sambar, though the sambar now served there is not as tasty as it used to be years ago...still I love the sambar for its unique flavour and taste.When relatives / friends visit us, we make it a point to take them to Annapoorna, they love the sambar and say its the best.Now let me tell you this idli sambar recipe is no way connected to Annapoorna sambar, Now you ask me why do I rave so much about Annapoorna sambar when this post is no way related to it?! Let me tell you I always have fond memories of eating idli sambar and dosa sambar at Annapoorna so it takes me back to my childhood days whenever I write about Sambar and its sure a feel good factor for me :)

Sambar Idli Recipe 

Idli Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 2 small roughly chopped
Carrot - 2 small roughly chopped
Sambar powder - 1 heaped tsp
Turmeric powder - 2 pinches
Thin tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp
Water - as required
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Small Onion - 10
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp


  1. Rinse dal and set aside.In a pressure cooker heat oil add tomato and carrot saute till tomatoes becomes mushy then add dal along with turmeric powder and salt.Add water and pressure cook for 4 whistles in low medium flame.How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step1
  2. Allow pressure to release by itself.Mash the dal well and heat it up.Make a paste with sambar powder and little water and add it to the boiling sambar.
    How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Let it boil, add water to adjust the consistency if it becomes too thick.Let it boil for a good 5mins.
    How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Then add tamarind water.In a kadai - add the items listed under 'to temper' saute it for a minute.
    How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step4
  5. Add it to sambar and let it boil for 5more minutes.Then garnish with coriander leaves , add a tsp of ghee and switch off.
    How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step4
  6. Ina  serving plate place the idlis and pour hot sambar over the idlis so that they are nicely dunked inside.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
    How to make maa vathal kuzhambu - Step5
Serve with hot idlis.
Easy Idli Sambar Recipe

My Notes:

  • Sambar should be neither thick nor runny, it should be inbetween.
  • Add veggies or a combination of veggies so that sambar is flavourful.I used carrots and shallots(small onion) for making this sambar.You can even use potatoes , brinjal or ladies finger or drumstick or raw mango.
  • Make sure your sambar or idli is hot while making sambar idli so that the idlis easily absorb the sambar.
  • Add 1/2 tsp chilli powder if your sambar powder is less spicy.
Sambar Idli Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Picture perfect recipes!too good!

  2. Superb clicks. Sambar idli looks so delicious and inviting.

  3. i am waiting for ur aloo mutter post.what happened?

  4. mouthwatering sambar and clicks too...

  5. Beautiful Presentation no body can say no to this combo fav combo at my house too :)

  6. Hi akka,
    Thank you for the easy-to-make and wonderful recipe.
    Will the cooking process be same if i use brinjal.

    1. Yes if you use brinjal just saute and add don't need to pressure cook....

  7. Hi. Pls suggest how much is half cup in terms of grams. Thank u

    1. I usually don't measure in gms, may be next time will measure and update here....

    2. Hey tried recipe multiple times. Yum... Thank u.
      I bought measuring cups :))

  8. Yummm! I learnt some great recipes from :)

  9. Thank you for the recipe. It came out so perfect!!!

  10. Tried it, came out very well and tasty too....
    Thank u for a yummy recipe

  11. Tried it numerous times!! The best sambar i have ever had n cooked of course!thanks a lot :)


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