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January 27, 2009


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Hi frnds,
Iam back from my mom’s home.I had a great time with my parents and sis:).I learnt some dishes from my mom.Let me start with this sambar.Yesterday I did this sambar for idli.It tasted great!!I was very happy becoz my FIL and Hubby dear ate well!! I thank my mom for teaching me this yummy sambar:)



  • Tomato – 4 nos(I used bangalore tomato)
  • Asafetida/Hing – a pinch
  • Salt – To taste
To grind:
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Fried gram – 2 tsp
  • Green chilly – 2-3 nos
  • water – to grind
To temper:
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Big onions – 2 nos(slice cut)
  • Green chilly – 2 nos(slit cut)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
Coriander leaves – To garnish
  • Boil the tomatoes and grind it well to make a smooth paste(my mom doesn’t grind it.She just mashes it with mathu).Keep aside.
  • Grind all the items given under “to grind” and set aside.
  • Heat  a kadai with oil and add mustard seeds.pop it and add urad & channa dal,curry leaves. Fry for a min.
  • Now add the onions and chillies.Saute for a min .Add some water and cook by covering with a lid .
  • Once the onions get cooked,add the mashed tomato and ground mixture.Add a pinch of hing.
  • Boil it for 5-7 mins and add some water if required.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves .
It tastes divine with idly by adding sesame oil!!
Note: Plz note that i’ve used 4 green chillies in total.2 nos to grind and 2nos to fry.



  1. Tomatoes are low in calories and are packed with nutrition, especially when they are fully ripe.
  2. For example, red tomatoes contain up to four times the amount of beta-carotene as green tomatoes.
  3. Tomatoes provide an excellent source of vitamins C
    and K, carotenes (especially lycopene), and biotin.
  4. They are also a very good source of vitamin B6, niacin, folic acid, fiber, and pantothenic acid. 
  5. Due to the high content of lycopene that tomatoes contain, they have increasingly received a lot of attention as a health food.
  6.   Studies have shown that the red carotene
    (lycopene) is extremely protective against breast, lung, colon, prostate, and skin cancers. 
  7. Studies also found that tomatoes lower the risk of heart disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  


  1. Am the first one to comment....looks wonderful.I loved ur Kitchen Clinic...i guess this one makes ur blog outstanding.Great girl!

  2. Thanks a lot.Ur comments are really motivating me:)Thanks for ur immediate response.

  3. Wowo the sambar looks so yumm.
    It is totally different tha ti make.
    Bookmarking them.

  4. Hi Chitra...
    I'm new to your site and you have laid it out well. Sambar looks different from how I make it, definitely gonna try once. And Kitchen clinic is extraordinary. Keep it up!

  5. Yes,this is really new to me and love it too! I am going to try it next time,as I always break my head what for side dish to idly:)

  6. Thanku happycook,priya,raji and sowmya.Do try this and tell me ur comments on it:)

  7. very simple procedure and tasty it seems.. thanks for sharing both the recipe and clinical tips... good one.

  8. yummm ... looks delicious. I was planning idlis for tomorrow morning anyway, so now I have a great dish to accompany it. :)

  9. Hi Chitra, welcome back :) nice picture of fluffy idls with sambar and chutney...

  10. Love this variation of sambar, looks fantastic...just one question when you say fried gram to grind is that pottu kadalai/dalia or chana dhal ?

  11. Interesting sambar, bet it tasted great with idly...looks fab' dear.

  12. Thanku frnds for ur lovely comments!!
    Hi usha,i mentioned pottu kadalai:)Thanks for ur comment:)

  13. Hii have a cool blog here!your idly looks awesome! will come back here again at leisure :)

  14. Thanks kalpana for visiting my blog.Iam so happy:)

  15. sambar looks great with idly. ur pics shows how its good.

  16. Tomato sambar with those fluffy idlis ..I am all drooling here. Good One :)

  17. Wow calls for less ingredients and sounds yummy. Idlis looks gr8.

  18. This is an unusual recipe for sambhar, I mean something different, would love to try it. - Rekha

  19. THanks for visitine me. U have a pretyy plac ehere & those idlis looks sooo soft & pure. Hope u had a great time at home.:-)

  20. Your sambar looks delicious, Chitra, as do those fluffy idlis. You have a nice blog here. Looking forward to seeing many more delicous recipes from you.

  21. The idli sambar & chutney makes me hungry! Lovely breakfast
    For the egg replacement : As my recipe contains pretty much good amount of egg. Replace with silken tofu ratio for each egg : 1/4 cup of silken tofu.

  22. First time to ur blog. Ur idlies are looking great & fluffy.

  23. Thanku frnds for ur encouraging comments!!


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