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June 30, 2011


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I've posted varieties of idli sambar i learnt from my MOM & MIL.This one is my MIL's special sambar.My hubby loves this a lot . So i make at least once in a week.It tastes similar to hotel sambar.

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  • Tamarind - A small gooseberry size
To pressure cook:
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Potato - 1 no (big)
  • Turmeric powder - A pinch
  • Water - As needed.
To Roast & grind 
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds -  2 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly - 3 - 4 no (big)
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp
To saute:
  • Shallots / small onion - 15 nos
  • Tomato - 1 no (cut into small pieces)
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - As needed
To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
To garnish:
  • Coriander leaves - a few
  • Jaggery - A pinch
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp (for flavor)
  1. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 20 mins and take the extract.Set aside.
  2. Pressure cook all the ingredients given under "to pressure cook" till one whistle.Mash the dal and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai and roast all the items given above in the same order till nice aroma arises.Powder and keep aside.
  4. In the same kadai , add oil and saute the items given under :to saute: .
  5. Saute till tomato turns mushy.Then add the sambar powder , tamarind extract , hing & salt.Allow it to boil till the onion gets cooked.
  6. Now add the mashed dal & powdered spices.
  7. Mix well & boil for sometime.(. Be careful while adding the powder because it may form lumps.So gently stir in & sprinkle the powder simultaneously.) When it boils , add jaggery & boil for some more time..
  8. Finally temper all the ingredients given under "to temper" and switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves.Transfer to the serving bowl and top it with a tbsp of ghee .( i add only when there is a guest ;) )
Enjoy with soft idlies & crispy dosas by adding sesame oil!!

Variations :
** For the exact restaurant style sambhar , add a few curry leaves  while roasting the ingredients given for sambhar powder.
** Also try adding a tsp of grated coconut for additional flavor while roasting.
** Add veggies like brinjal , Drumstick and carrot to make it more healthy.

In this sambhar we should add very less tamarind extract.So it will taste mild and less spicy. If u want it more spicy & tangy , add pinched red chillies while tempering and squeeze some drops of lime juice before serving.


Pigeon peas are nutritionally important, as they contain high levels ofprotein and the important amino acids methionine, lysine, and tryptophan. In combination with cereals, pigeon peas make a well-balanced human food.
Other common names
Other common names are तुवरि (tuvari) in Sanskrit, arhar(Hindi/Bangla:অরহর), Rohor (Assamese), Rahar (Nepali), red gram, toovar/toor (Gujarati/Marathi/Punjabi), tuvaram paruppu (Tamil: துவரம்பருப்பு),tuvara (Malayalam :"തുവര" ),togari (Kannada), Kandi(కంది)(Telugu), Yewof ater (Amharic), gandul, guandul, guandu, Congo pea, Gungo pea, Gunga pea, and no-eye pea.
It is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling. Some herbal practitioners/researchers are of the opinion that it diminishes the swelling of internal organs like stomach, liver, intestines etc. In case of wound or cancer of these organs it is helpful in reducing them. Its recommended usage is: Green leaves of Pigeon peas around 10 grams along with 7 black peppers should be finely ground and mixed in water and then taken as a drink. Green leaves of Pigeon peas ground in water and added to half boiled water should be applied externally on the affected body part. Pigeon peas should be cooked in water (as dal, an Indian dish) and its water should be given to the patient.


  1. perfect with idly...will surely try it!

  2. Thank u sharmi & rekha for ur quick comments:)

  3. I too luvvvv this,how I wish I have this combo now :)

  4. lovely and tempting idili sambhar

  5. Looks yum that I wish I can have it now

  6. My fav combo I will surely try making this way...lovely post :)

  7. I often make it this way. very flavourful and spicier than the normal ones.

  8. Wow wonderful combo,yummy version...Btn idly also luks so soft...

  9. Comforting combo!!looks yummy

  10. I love idli sambar !! this is nice and interesting version !!

  11. A classic combo ~ the first pic is super tempting!
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  12. I haven't seen any Indian who doesn't like Idli sambar. Always a hit.

  13. I got what I was searching for.Cooking potato with dal is the unique idea.Exhaustive information along with yummy sambar recipe.Thanks a lot.

  14. wow, like those cute baby onions in the sambar and such a tempting plate :)

  15. Omg, mouthwatering here, can have two more idlies with this sambar,sooo tempting..

  16. Omg, mouthwatering here, such a delicious idli sambar...

  17. Tempting and mouthwatering idli sambhar

  18. Thanks for sharing...Love this sambhar...Perfect match to idlis...

  19. Love 2 dunk idli r vada in this delciious dambar..looks perfect..:)

  20. Delicious sambhar perfect with these fluffy idlis!!!
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  21. Perfect with idly.....yummy!!

  22. very tempting and mouthwatering sambar, love this comfortable food anytime

  23. Wow...that looks super delicious...comfort food..looks wonderful with idlis.

  24. love this combo a lot...
    looks perfect and tempting dear..
    nice click :)

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  26. Wow, that platter of idli smabhar is making me hungry..looks so tempting and to try this recipe sometime..thanks for sharing!

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