Sambhar Powder

sambhar powder

Do you want to prepare a sambhar powder to make a restaruant-type sambar? If yes, here is the sambhar powder recipe to make a tasty vegetable sambar. With the homemade sambar powder, you can make sambar to be used with rice, ragi mudde and or dishes like chapati and roti. One more reason to make sambhar powder at home is that it will be fresh and you can tailor it to your taste needs.

At the heart of the sambhar powder recipe are the ingredients like red chilies, coriander seeds, curry leaves and turmeric root. In particular, the items like turmeric in the recipe adds health value to the sambhar powder.

Food Fact
benefits of turmeric
Turmeric is said to strengthen the immune system.

The post, What are the Benefits of Turmeric? in the blog, gives more info on the medicinal values of turmeric.

A point you have to take extra note about the sambhar powder recipe is the type of chilies you use. It is one of the items that can make the sambhar powder less or more spicy. If you are unsure how much hot / khara a red chili variety available in the store will be, you may want to ask a store assistant and then buy.

Sambhar powder can be stored in an air-tight container for 4-6 weeks. Do note, however, the powder will lose its freshness and flavor over time.

If you do not wish to make thick sambar or to use copra, here is how to make sambar powder to make a different type of sambar.

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.

Quantity: About one cup


1. Dried red chilies 20-25 or to taste
2. Methi / menthya 1/4 teaspoon
3. Channa dal 2 tablespoons
4. Urad dal 1 tablespoon
5. Coriander seeds 4 tablespoons
6. Cumin seeds 1 tablespoon
7. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
8. Curry leaves 2 sprigs

9. Hing / asafoetida 1 small piece
10. Turmeric root 1 piece
11. Poppy seeds / kasa kasa / khus khus / gasagase 2 teaspoons
12. Black pepper corns 1/2 teaspoon
13. Dry coconut gratings 3/4 cup
14. Oil 1/2 teaspoon

How to make Sambhar Powder?

1. Wash and dry curry leaves. Pound turmeric root into small pieces.

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2. Set the flame to low or medium or anywhere between the two.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai or utensil.

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3. Add methi. Fry for few seconds.

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4. Add chana dal and chili.

Fry for 1 minute.

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5. Add urad dal, coriander, curry leaves, cumin seeds, hing, black pepper and turmeric root.

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

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6. Add poppy seeds and coconut gratings.

Fry till the coconut gratings become hot.

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Switch off the stove.

Keep aside to cool.
7. Grind the mixture to a powder.

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8. Sambhar powder is ready.
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TIPS Sambhar Powder
1. If you are making the sambar powder for the first time, fry each of the ingredients separately. This will enable you to find out whether you have fried an item properly.
2. Sambhar like the drumstick sambar requires that the sambhar powder be ground. You can use this powder, however, as is, to make that and other sambars.