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Sambar Recipe for Idli

sambar recipe for idli

how to make sambar for idli
The sambar recipe for idli that follows enables you prepare sambar, which is almost necessary to eat idli. The aroma of sambar that wafts through the air while cooking and after, can make you crave for this cuisine. Use the sambar recipe for idli to prepare a great side-dish for idli.

Some prefer to use coconut chutney also to savor idli. Here are the steps on how to make coconut chutney.

Learn how to make idli.

Here is the recipe for thatte idli.

Servings: Three to Four

Toor dal 1/4 cup
2. Moong dal 1 teaspoon (optional)
3. Onion 1
4. Tomato 1

Medicinal Values of Tomatoes
health benefits of tomatoes Health Benefits of Tomatoes, in the blog post, gives more info on the health qualities of this super vegetable.
5. Oil 2 teaspoons
6. Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon
7. Hing 1 pinch
8. Curry leaves 1 sprig

Benefits of Curry Leaves
health benefits of curry leaves The post, Benefits of Curry Leaves, in the blog, turns a spotlight on the medicinal properties of these leaves.
9. Jaggery small piece. Read jaggery benefits in the blog.
10. Tamarind small piece
11. Turmeric 2 pinches
12. Salt to taste
13. Chopped fresh coriander leaves

Idli sambar powder:

Dried red chilies 3-5
Channa dal 1 teaspoon
Urad dal 1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
6. Black pepper 1/8 teaspoon
7. Mustard 1/8 teaspoon
8. Methi 1/8 teaspoon
9. Dry coconut gratings 1-and-1/2 tablespoon

How to make Sambar for Idli?

Dry fry all the idli sambar powder items, individually, except dry coconut gratings, till they turn to golden brown or till crack sound is heard.

Keep aside to cool.


Dry fry red chili, channa dal and black pepper for 1 minute.

Add coriander seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and methi.

Fry till dal turn to golden brown.

Keep aside to cool.

Dry fry mustard seeds separately till crack sound is heard.

Keep aside to cool.
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Warm coconut gratings.  

Keep aside to cool.

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Dry grind all the fried items and coconut gratings to a powder.
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Wash toor dal in a pressure cooker.
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Add one-and-half cup of water and a tomato.
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Pressure cook till the toor dal is soft.
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7. Remove the tomato and keep it aside to cool.
Remove the skin of the tomato and mash it thoroughly.
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9. Soak tamarind in little water. sambar recipe for idli s9
10. Cut an onion into big cubes. sambar recipe for idli s10
11. Heat oil in a utensil. filler_photo.jpg
12. Add hing and mustard. filler_photo.jpg
13. Add curry leaves when mustard start to splutter.

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14. Add onion pieces.

Fry till they become light brown in color.
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15. Add 1/2 cup of water.  Cook till the onions are tender. filler_photo.jpg
16. Add cooked toor dal, turmeric, mashed tomato and two cups of water.

Bring it to boil.
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17. Squeeze the tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind. 

Add the tamarind juice to the dal mixture.
18. Add salt, jaggery and 4-5 teaspoons of sambar powder.

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19. Boil for 3-5 minutes. filler_photo.jpg
20. Adjust the thickness of the sambar by adding water.

Boil for one more minute.

Switch off the stove.

Add coriander leaves. Mix.

Sambar is ready.
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idli sambar recipe

Another type of idli sambar uses fresh masala paste:

Here is how to make idli sambar with masala paste.

How to make Sambar for Idli?
1. Keep the left over sambar powder in an air-tight container and use the powder when you prepare the sambar the next time.  

If you do not want to prepare sambar powder frequently, increase the quantity of the ingredients and make more powder.

For instance, if you double the quantity of the ingredients you can make the sambar powder that can be used up to three times.
2. If sambar powder is stored for a long time, it will lose its flavor.
If sambar becomes watery, mix half a teaspoon of rice flour with little water to make a paste.  Add it to the sambar.  Bring the sambar to boil.

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