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Sambar Powder | Sambar Masala | Sambar Podi

Sambar Powder is a masala blend of lentils & spices that makes Sambar divinely delicious. Sambar Powder is a handy masala common in most of South India households stocked to make Sambar effortlessly, makes sambar flavourful & tasty too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings25 grams
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 3 cups red chillies 225 gms
  • 3/4 cup coriander seeds 55 gms
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 cup urad dal 55 gms
  • 1/4 cup toor dal 55 gms
  • 1/4 cup chana dal 50 gms
  • 1/8 cup pepper corns 20 gms
  • 1/8 cup jeera 15 gms
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds


  • Measure and keep the ingredients ready.
  • First dry roast red chillies along with urad dal till dal turns golden brown and chillies turn slightly browned and crisp,transfer to a plate.
  • Dry roast pepper until crisp,Transfer to plate.
  • Dry roast coriander seeds until golden and aromatic, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Dry roast fenugreek seeds until golden, transfer to plate.
  • Next dry roast jeera followed by toor dal until golden brown.Transer to plate.
  • Then dry roast chana dal.
  • Roast till golden brown, set aside.
  • Finally add mustard seeds let it splutter, transfer to the plate and set aside and cool down completely.
  • Transfer the roasted ingredients to a plate and cool down.
  • Transfer the ingredients to a mixer jar.
  • Grind it a fine powder.
  • Allow it to cool down and then store in a clean airtight container.
  • Fresh aromatic sambar powder ready!



  • Adjust red chillies according to your spice level - 3 cups can be increased to 4 cups or more if you prefer Sambar powder to be spicy.
  • Adding hing is purely optional, add a tsp along with mustard seeds if you are adding hing.
  • The colour of the powder largely depends on the red chilli variety.Also always fry red chillies along with the dal to avoid blackening…if the red chillies turn dark/black then it will affect the colour and taste of the sambar powder too.
    If you are grinding in bulk you can give it to flour mill for grinding which will give a more fine powder too.
  • Roasting turmeric sticks helps in breaking easily so I roasted it, that step is purely optional.
  • Make sure you cool down completely before you grind it.Also after grinding let it cool down before you store.
Nutrition Facts
Sambar Powder | Sambar Masala | Sambar Podi
Amount Per Serving (20 g)
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 193IU4%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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