Monday, November 3, 2014

Sambar Powder Recipe - Homemade Sambar Podi (Brahmin Style)

Sambar Powder Recipe
Amma's sambar powder recipe is the one I've been following all these days which I've already posted.I always wanted to try the brahmin / iyengar version of sambar powder as I've heard its different and aromatic. I couldn't get hold of a brahmin version of sambar powder recipe so kept searching but finally last week my search ended....I bought virali manjal(turmeric sticks) just for this recipe sake but was skeptical how to grind it at home as am sure it will get stuck in the mixie when its added as such.....When I was telling this to amma she suggested to coarse grind it using mortar and pestle then add it with other ingredients....and the idea worked too :)

I tried making sambar yesterday and loved it to the has a different flavour and I felt it was more like the sambar served in marriages, Now I am happy that I have 2 versions of sambar powder recipe as record :) I used the glass canister(storage container) for clicking these pics, which my sis gave :)
Sambar Powder Recipe

Sambar Powder Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : around 2 cups
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South IndianRecipe Reference : Ensamayalarai

Dry red chilllies - 1/4 kg
Coriander seeds - 100gm
Channa dal 50 gms
Toor Dal - 50gms
Urad dal- 50gms
Pepper Corns - 50 gms
Fenugreek seeds - 25 gms
Turmeric Sticks(Virali Manjal) - 50 gms

Note* - I halved the recipe and tried


  1. Measure all your ingredients(I halved the orginal recipe).Dry roast red chillies till the chillies turn crisp,Set aside..Dry roast coriander seeds till golden brown,Set aside to cool down.Sambar Powder Recipe - Step1
  2. Then dry roast toor dal, urad dal, chana dal each seperately till golden brown and set aside.
    Sambar Powder Recipe - Step2
  3. Dry roast fenugreek seeds for 2mins,Set aside.Dry roast pepper corns till nice aroma rises and till the spluttering stops.Dry roast turmeric sticks for a minute.
    Sambar Powder Recipe - Step3
  4. Collect all the ingredients and let it cool down.Using a hand mortar and pestle coarse grind the turmeric sticks.Sambar Powder Recipe - Step4
  5. Now add all the roasted ingredients along with the turmeric mixture and grind to a fine powder.Spread in a plate and set aside to cool down.Sambar Powder Recipe - Step5
Store in an airtight container.
Sambar Powder Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you are adding turmeric powder add it as such for grinding no need to roast.
  • Roasting turmeric sticks helps in breaking easily so I roasted it, that step is purely optional.
  • I prefer adding turmeric sticks as it gives such a nice aroma, am sure that will be missing if we use turmeric powder.
  • Keeps well even for a year, may be after 4-5 months you can refrigerate it.
  • This sambar powder gives a yellow hue color because of the turmeric sticks.
  • Make sure you cool down completely before you grind it.Also after grinding let it cool down before you  store.
  • You can even sundry the ingredients till crisp and then give for grinding.
  • I used my dry mixer for grinding at home.If you are making in bulk then you can choose to give it in mill for grinding.
Sambar Powder Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. very flavorsome and aromatic powder. I can imagine how tasty sambhar made out of this would be and that supercute glass jar makes the clicks look fab! :)

  2. and thanks for the mention:)

  3. Superb traditional recipe... we make the same way at home. Best clicks.... Glass bottle adds a special touch. Always store the major quantity in big bottle and use in small bottle for regular use.

  4. Sambar podi stays long in glass bottle. Use this sambar podi and add little coconut and make sambar with vegetables like Velai Poosanikai,/ Murugakkai/, Katharikai.... you will get the real kalyana sambar or arachuvitta sambar.

  5. Ple post the procedure to make sambar with this powder

    1. Sure will post if I come across any interesting sambar recipe, till then you can check out my sambar recipes that I have posted already

    2. Mam pls post the sambar recipe with the Brahmin style sambar powder

  6. hi sharmi..I regularly follow ur blog.. cooking n photos r great. i like to read wen u write abt ur daughter. i hav a daughter too and many a times u reflect my feelings..
    Do try capsicum sambhar... my mum makes it and the taste is out of the world..thought of telling you since you are looking for interesting sambhar. hubby dear cooked one day and to make sambhar interesting he added cinnamon, cloves etc....ha ha ha

  7. Looks nice 😃what is a dry mixer Sharmi

    1. Awaiting reply for the above query! Thanks!

    2. I think by dry mixer Sharmi probably is referring to the small steel jar that is used to grind dry items. Hope that helps!

  8. I started to make sambar podi this is I got very useful. Super.

  9. could u give above ingredients in cup n tbsp/tsp v dont have measuring unit

  10. Hi Sharmi, My cooking encyclopedia, I have done many recipes of yours, I made oats upma today. its yummy. Have done this sambar powder many times. if this is not in my pantry, i get so tensed to make sambar. My chef husband loves the sambar made of this powder. many thanks sharmilee..

  11. which chilles u have used her can u plz tell me plan to do torrow


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