Idli sambar recipe- easy tiffin sambar recipe to serve with idli, dosa, pongal and other south Indian breakfasts! Very easy to make flavorful tiffin sambar in 20 minutes!
We mostly eat typical south Indian breakfast on weekdays and this idli sambar is our favorite side dish. I sometimes make this tiffin sambar for dinner also. Unlike traditional south Indian sambar this idli sambar is more thin and sligthy sweet.
There are many ways to make idli sambar. This recipe is for restaurant style tiffin sambar that is a bit thin and flavorful. This sambar can also be used for making mini idli sambar, sambar vada recipes. I have also added one more hotel idli sambar recipe in the blog.
To make idli sambar or tiffin sambar recipe usually moong dal is used. Here I have used a combination of toor dal and moong dal. The quantity of dal used should be lesser than regular sambar so that the consistency is thinner.
One more specialty of this sambar recipe is the use of fresh sambar powder. I have shared the recipe for quick sambar powder below. The taste of sambar will change if you use store bought regular sambar powder.
For best idli sambar use pearl onions or shallots. The small onions lend wonderful flavor and a sweet taste to the sambar. You can also use a small piece of pumpkin to get the typical sweet taste. The other vegetables that go well in this sambar recipe are potatoes, carrots, capsicum. However do not use too much of vegetables in this recipe.
Also check more side dish recipes for idli here.
How to make idli sambar recipe with step by step photos.
1. To begin making idli sambar, pressure cook toor and moong dal until completely cooked and mushy. Add little salt and turmeric powder while cooking. Soak a small marble sized tamarind ball in 3/4 cup water for 15 minutes and extract thin tamarind juice.
2. Take cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, channa dal, asafoetida,dried red chillies for roasting and grinding.
3. Heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients in low flame until they slightly change in color and turn aromatic. Allow to cool for sometime. In the meanwhile you can peel the shallots, chop the tomatoes and capsicum.
4. Once the spices have cooled, take them in dry grinder and make a coarse powder. Do not make it a very fine powder, it will form lumps and make the sambar pasty.
5. Heat a pan and add 2-3 teaspoons sesame oil. Temper with mustard and curry leaves.
6. Add peeled shallots and saute well.
7. Add tomatoes,chopped capsicum and saute very well. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
8. Once the tomatoes have turned mushy, add the tamarind juice and mix well. let it come to a boil.
9. Add 2 cups water and mix well. Let it boil well for 7-8 minutes.
10. Add the cooked and mashed dal, mix very well. Cook for 5 more minutes.
11. Add the roasted powder and mix well. Cook for few more minutes.
12. Add jaggery powder, mix well,simmer for 4-5 minutes and remove from flame. Serve tiffin sambar piping hot with idli.
Tiffin sambar or idli sambar recipe card below:
Idli sambar,recipe- very tasty, slightly sweet and tangy tiffin sambar specially made for soft idlis and other south Indian breakfasts
- 1/8 cup toor dal/split pigeon peas
- 1/8 cup moong dal/gram dal
- 1/2 green bell pepper cubed
- 2 large tomatoes chopped fine
- 10-12 shallots peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon jaggery powder
- 1 small marble sized tamarind
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 10-12 curry leaves
- 2-3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon channa dal
- 3/4 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3-4 dried red chilies
- 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
- Dry roast and make a coarse powder of all the ingredients mentioned under"to roast and grind"
- Pressure cook both dals until completely cooked and mushy.
- Soak tamarind in water for 15 minutes and extract thin juice.
- Chop all the vegetables.
- Heat a pan and add 2-3 teaspoons oil. Temper with mustard and curry leaves.
- Add shallots and saute well. Add tomatoes, capsicum and saute well.
- Once the tomatoes turn mushy add tamarind juice and bring to a boil
- Add 2 cups water and let it boil too.
- Add cooked dal and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
- add roasted spice powder and mix well. Cook for few more minutes.
- Add jaggery powder and simmer for few more minutes. Serve idli sambar hot with idlis.
1. Adding jaggery perfectly balances the taste, so do add it.
2. You can add 2 teaspoons grated coconut while grinding the spices.
3. Leave out tamarind and add 1 more tomato if you prefer. Adding tamarind will keep the sambar good for few more hours.