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hotel sambar recipe
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Hotel sambar recipe | Madras style hotel sambar recipe

Hotel sambar recipe with step by step photos. Tasty and flavorful restaurant style tiffin sambar recipe
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 -4
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1/2 cup too dal
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pumpkin pieces
  • 2 teaspoons thick tamarind extract
  • 1/2 cup sambar onions
  • 2 big tomatoes chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • To roast and grind
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoon channa dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 4-6 dried red chilies


  • Pressure cook toor dal and mash thoroughly.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a pan and fry coriander seed, methi seeds, channa dal, dried red chili until golden. Cool and powder the same.
  • In the same oil temper with mustard seed, urad dal and curry leaves. Add sambar onions and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and saute well until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add sambar powder and mix well. Saute till the raw smell of sambar powder goes off.
  • Add tamarind extract and mix well. Bring to a boil
  • Add the prepared spice powder and mix well. Boil for 5 more minutes.
  • Add pumpkin pieces and cooked dal. Season with salt. Mix well, cover and cook in medium flame for 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hotel sambar with idli or dosa.


1. You can add veggies like drumstick, potatoes if you like
2. Tamarind is optional


Calories: 398kcal