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January 27, 2009

Tomato Sambar Recipe For Idli|Thakkali Sambar With Coconut

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I am back from my mom’s home.I had a great time with my parents and sis:).I learnt some side dish recipes from my mom.Let me start with this sambar.Yesterday I prepared this sambar for idli.It tasted great!!I was very happy because my FIL and Hubby dear ate well!! I thank my mom for teaching me this yummy side dish for idli:) This tomato sambar is without dal.Coconut and tomato gives the base for this sambar.If you are bored of making moong dal or toor dal sambar recipes for idli dosa,do give this a shot.You may like it.If you are looking for tomato sambar recipes without coconut and dal,please check this & this link.Lets see how to make this yummy thakkali sambar for idli.

Tomato sambar for idli

Tomato sambar for idli Tomato sambar - Thakkali sambar with coconut - Side dish for idli
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Ripe Tomato – 3 nos(I used bangalore tomato)
  • Asafetida/Hing – a pinch
  • Salt – To taste
To grind
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Fried gram – 2 tsp
  • Green chilly – 3 nos ( use 4 for spicy sambar)
  • Water – To grind
To temper
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Big onions – 2 nos(slice cut)
  • Green chilly – 2 nos(slit cut)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coriander leaves – To garnish
  • Wash and chop the tomatoes.Boil it in a bowl of water till it cooks well.Remove and let it cool.Drain the excess water and keep in a bowl.Do not discard it.Now mash the tomato using a ladle or whisk.You can also grind it in mixie to a paste if you want a clear sambar without tomato pieces.The point is tomato should be pulpy and mashed well.Slice onions.Slit green chillies and chop coriander leaves.

  • Grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” to a smooth paste.Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds,urad dal and chana dal.Add sliced onions,slitted green chillies,curry leaves and hing.Saute for a minute.Add salt and the tomato cooked water to this and cook the onions.
  • After the onions are cooked well,add the mashed tomato and ground coconut paste.Let it boil well for few minutes.Add some water if needed.Adjust the consistency of sambar as per your wish.Garnish with lots of coriander leaves and serve hot with idli.Drizzle a tsp of sesame oil while serving.Enjoy !

Kitchen Clinic
    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.  
Try this easy tomato sambar for a change.Tastes good with hot idli !


  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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