Thursday, July 2, 2015

Saravana Bhavan Style Hotel Sambar Recipe

Saravana Bhavan Hotel Sambar Recipe

I am not a big fan of Saravana Bhavan Sambar, but when I was searching for hotel sambar recipes, this recipe caught my attention so bookmarked and kept.Finally a day has come for me to try this sambar tagged as 'Saravana Bhavan Style Hotel Sambar'.I cannot say that this tastes exactly the same as Saravana Bhavan Sambar but sure comes very closer to it,so worth the try.This sambar is thick and flavourful making it ideal to serve for any breakfast dishes like idli,dosa,vadai pongal etc.

Sambar Idli Recipe 

Hotel Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

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

Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1 small roughly chopped
Carrot,Brinjal - 1/2 cup roughly chopped
Turmeric powder - 1 generous pinch
Thin tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves(finely chopped) - to garnish
Oil - 1 tsp
Water - as required
Salt - to taste

To grind:

Fried Gram Dal - 2 tsp
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Tomato - 1 small roughly chopped
Sambar powder - 1 heaped tsp

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Small Onion - 8
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 slitted


  1. Rinse dal and set aside.In a pressure cooker add dal along with turmeric powder and water till immersing level.Pressure cook for 5 whistles in low medium flame or until mushy.How to make hotel sambar - Step1
  2. Once pressure releases add little water and mash it well with a laddle,Set aside.In a mixer take all the ingredients mentioned under 'to grind' and grind it to a fine paste,Set aside
    How to make hotel sambar - Step2
  3. In a kadai heat a tsp of oil, saute the veggies along with tomato, saute for few mins.Then add this to dal and let it simmer.Add a cup of water and let the veggies cook until soft.Add required salt.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step3
  4. Once veggies are cooked, add coconut paste and let it to boil for a good 5mins in low flame.Meanwhile soak tamarind in hot water to extract pulp.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step4
  5. Add little(I made more than required for storing purpose) and let the sambar boil.Adjust salt at this stage.In  a kadai heat oil add the items listed under to 'temper', first add mustard seeds,urad dal,hing and fenugreek seeds once it crackles add green chilli,small onion and curry leaves, saute for 2mins.Add this tempering to boiling sambar.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step5
  6. Let the sambar boil for 3-5mins, then garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step6
Serve with hot idlis.
Saravana Bhavan Hotel Sambar Recipe

My Notes:

  • This sambar will be thick, so adjust the consistency by adding water according to your preference.
  • This sambar thickens with time so add hot water, if it becomes to thick while serving.
  • Add veggies or a combination of veggies so that sambar is flavourful.I used carrots,brinjal and shallots(small onion) for making this sambar.You can even use drumstick.
  • Add 1/2 tsp chilli powder if your sambar powder is less spicy.
Sambar Idli Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. This is sort of reverse of traditional sambar right? Like we add tamarind pulp to the cooked dal and add shallots in end. Can we also add shallots along with the veggies initially?

  2. What's the Malayalam of fried gram dal?? Is it kadala parippu or something else?? Confused

    1. I don't know in malayalam but it is called pottukadalai in tamil

    2. Yes Porittha kadalai paruppu

  3. Made it today..for the first tasted superb..thanks for the recipe ��

  4. I made this sambhar 2 times so far,my hubby and daughter loved it.thank you very much for sharing this tasty receipe.

  5. In the original recipie, you need to add about 1/5 tsp of powdered jaggery. Remember, the whole philosophy of a sambhar is to have all the six flavors derived by ayurvedha. Also, drumstick needs to be added, that will add a bit of a bitterness. But this is quite a good recipie for beginners. Good job!

  6. hi i followed all your recipes and i tried out many...all comes out very well...your pictorial representation is very useful for beginners like me...thanks for sharing recipes with us...keep going.......

  7. Hi Sharmi tried this recipe and it was tasty. Never thought coconut goes in this. Thank you for sharing this cuisine


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