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.

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Servings: 3-4


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

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5. Oil 2 teaspoons
6. Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon
7. Hing 1 pinch
8. Curry leaves 1 sprig

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9. Jaggery small piece.

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10. Tamarind small piece
11. Turmeric 2 pinches
12. Salt to taste
13. Chopped fresh coriander leaves

For idli sambar powder:

1. Dried red chilies 3-5
2. Channa dal 1 teaspoon
3. Urad dal 1 teaspoon
4. Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon

5. 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?

1. Dry fry all the idli sambar powder items, individually, except dry coconut gratings, till they turn to golden brown or till crackling sounds are heard.

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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 the dal turns to golden brown.

Keep aside to cool.

Dry fry mustard seeds, separately, till their crackling sounds are heard.

Keep aside to cool.
2. Warm coconut gratings. Keep aside to cool.

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3. Dry grind all the fried items and coconut gratings to a powder.

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4. Wash toor dal in a pressure cooker.

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5. Add one-and-half cup of water and a tomato.

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6. Pressure cook till the toor dal is soft.

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7. Remove the tomato and keep it aside to cool.
8. Remove the skin of the tomato and mash it thoroughly.

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9. Soak tamarind in little water.

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10. Cut an onion into big cubes.

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11. Heat oil in a utensil.
12. Add hing and mustard.
13. Add curry leaves when mustard start to splutter.

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14. Add onion pieces.

Fry till these become light brown in color.

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15. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cook till the onions are tender.
16. Add cooked toor dal, turmeric, mashed tomato and two cups of water.

Bring it to boil.

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17. Squeeze the soaked tamarind to extract the tamarind juice.

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.
20. Adjust the thickness of the sambar by adding water.

Boil for one more minute.

Switch off the stove.

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Add coriander leaves. Mix.

Sambar for idli is ready.

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Another type of idli sambar uses fresh masala paste: Here is how to make idli sambar with masala paste.

TIPS 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. Do not store the sambar powder for a long time, because it will lose its flavor.
3. 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.