How to Prepare Sambar Powder?

how to prepare sambar powder

With the info on how to prepare sambar powder, make it to prepare delicious sambar for idli, vada and pongal. In the sambar powder preparation process, select red chilies based on if you want the sambar to have more red color or be more spicy. For instance, Byadagi-variety chilies give deep red color to the cuisine and red chili-variety makes the sambar spicier. You can use a few of both the types in the recipe for sambar powder

A key note of how to prepare sambar powder is you have to clean and measure the ingredients and keep them ready.

Byadagi chili
Byadagi Chili - It is named after Byadagi, a town, where the chilies are grown, in Northern Karnataka
red chili
A type of red chili
red chili type
Another type of red chili known as, among others, mannu kattida menasina kayi.

In addition to chilies, channa dal, coriander seeds and turmeric root are among the main items in the recipe for sambar powder.

All most all of the ingredients in the recipe give an healthy dimension to the sambar. In particular, turmeric and curry leaves are more beneficial. Read more on the benefits of curry leaves in the blog.

Here is how to make idli sambar using this sambar powder.






ragi ambliRagi ambli is said to be nutritious
Drinking a glass of ragi ambli or porridge in the morning can be a great way to start a day.

Here is the ragi ambli recipe.




Ingredients:

1. Dried red chilies 20-25
2. Methi 1/4 teaspoon
3. Black pepper corns 5-6
4. Channa dal 2 tablespoons
5. Coriander seeds 3 tablespoons
6. Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
7. Curry leaves 1 sprig
8. Hing / asafoetida 1 small piece
9. Turmeric root 1 piece

health benefits of turmericTurmeric is a vault of medicinal qualities
Turmeric is rich in medicinal properties. Read the What are the Benefits of Turmeric? in the blog for more info.
10. Cinnamon stick 1/2 inch piece
11. Cardamom 1
12. Poppy seeds 1-and-1/2 teaspoon
13. Dry coconut pieces 1/2 cup
14. Oil 1/2 teaspoon

Sambar Powder Preparation


1. Wash curry leaves. Dry them with a cloth.

Break turmeric root into small pieces.

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2. Clean and measure all the ingredients and keep them ready.
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3. Heat oil in a pan.

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4. Add methi and pepper. Mix.

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5. Add chana dal. Fry for 1 minute.

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6. Add chili, coriander and cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, cinnamon stick, cardamom and turmeric root.

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Fry till the dal or any of the seeds turn to golden brown.

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Transfer the mixture to a utensil.
7. To the same pan add poppy seeds.

Fry till the seeds splutter or till you get the aroma of the fried seeds.

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Transfer the seed to the utensil.
8. Add dry coconuts to the pan.

Fry till they become hot.

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Transfer the coconut to the utensil.

Keep aside till the ingredients cool.
9. Grind the mixture to a powder. Mix..

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10. Sambar powder is ready.

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TIPS How to Prepare Sambar Powder?
1. Decrease or increase the chilies, based on how much spicy you want the powder to be.
2. While frying the items, keep stirring continuously. In particular, keep a close watch when you fry the coconut pieces, as these will burn easily.
3. If the grinding jar is full of items, some of these could spurt when you begin to grind. So, you may have to switch-on and switch-off, in quick succession, several times, till the chilies break and settle down.
4. Store the powder, after it cools, in an air-tight container to retain the freshness.
5. You can store the powder for up to 8 weeks.