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Tiffin Sambar Recipe | Idli Sambar Recipe

Idli sambar,recipe- very tasty, slightly sweet and tangy tiffin sambar specially made for soft idlis and other south Indian breakfasts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Harini


For sambar

  • 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
  • Salt

To make idli sambar powder

  • 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


To make sambar powder

  • Dry roast and make a coarse powder of all the ingredients mentioned under"to roast and grind"

To make idli sambar

  • 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. Also Add tomatoes, capsicum and saute well.
  • Once the tomatoes turn mushy add tamarind juice and bring to a boil
  • Now add 2 cups water and let it boil too.
  • Next add cooked dal and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Then 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.


Calories: 174kcal