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May 2, 2013

Thakkali Sambar - Tomato Sambar For Idli

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tomato sambar recipe

I learnt this from my mom.This is Sendhil’s favourite sambar. Its very simple to do.Its made without dal & coconut.Sambar onions, hing and coriander leaves are the star ingredients.This sambar should be served adding sesame oil / gingely oil .It gives a nice taste and flavour. So add gingely oil on top of sambar before u eat Happy.I have used Bangalore tomatoes here. Please adjust the quantity of green chillies based on the tomato u use.Try this, u’ll like it for sure Happy.It tastes similar to tomato soup with sauteed onions ;)

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Tomato sambar for Idli

Tomato sambar for Idli Tomato sambar / thakkali sambar for idli dosa
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml

  • Ripe Tomato – 5 nos
  • Green chilli – 5 -7 nos
  • Hing / Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – A pinch
  • Salt & water – as needed
To temper
  • Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar onion – 3/4 - 1 cup ( finely chopped )
Coriander leaves – a quarter bunch chopped for garnishing (must)
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and saute the slitted green chillies for a while till the skin shrinks.Cook the tomato and the green chilli with required water and let it cool.It should be well cooked( Usually My mom pressure cooks it)
  • Filter the cooked water and grind the tomato,green chillies to a smooth paste adding the cooked water after it cools down.Add salt , turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp of hing to the paste and set aside. Chop the onions finely.
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  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai and season with mustard seeds and urad dal.Now add the chopped onions and saute till they are transparent. Add the cooked tomato water.Give a boil..Finally add the ground paste and add the remaining water, salt.(This sambar should be slightly watery. )
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  • Sprinkle few chopped coriander leaves and give a boil. Switch off the flame and garnish with the remaining coriander leaves.
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    NB: Please don't try this sambar without coriander leaves.u wont get the exact flavour and taste . Also small onion gives a special flavour to this sambar.So we don't use big onions.Please don’t use curry leaves in this recipe. It will change the flavour of this sambar.Enjoy !

Tasty tomato sambar is ready to serve hot with idlis !! Top with sesame oil / Gingely oil.
It tastes divine !!!
Tomato sambar with idli

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  1. Gen rally i tried this method with Dal :) wll give try without dal ! its tempting !

    1. Thanks for the quick comment aparna.. Do try and let me know ur feedback :)

  2. I do in a different way ...like your method ...looks yum

  3. Interesting side dish for idli/dosa! Nice stepwise pictures.

  4. Never tried this sambar. might be so tangy n yum

  5. Sounds very nice will try for sure :)

  6. looks delicious and lovely recipe.

  7. I will say no to idli and poured a generous amount the tomato drenched sambar over my rice. I can imagine the flavors and fragrances coming out of this sambar.

  8. Sambar is my favourite.. Your tomato sambhar looks soo tempting Chitra :-)

  9. The plate looks so ready to dig in.....yummy

  10. very interesting ,never knew can make sambar without dhal.sounds interesting.

  11. Your food look so delicious. This is my first time here. Do you mind following each other blog? Please let me know. I'm more than happy to follow you back:) Thanks

  12. Easy and tempting side dish chitra

  13. Do you really make it without the dhal? Unbelievable! It looks amazing...I could just dig into the idly-sambar without a second thought! Love it give it a try!

  14. Looks amazing and mouthwatering

  15. love tomato sambar for idly/dosa..ur version sounds so simple and yummy..will try this for sure..

  16. Wow the tomato sambar looks yummy and colourful.

  17. My first time here, and so glad I came. I love Indian food, and the step-by-btep guide? oh...thank you!! :)

  18. Interesting recipe, can we use chillipowder instead of Green chilli

    1. I have not used chilli powder. Here we saute green chilli and add to tomato while cooking which gives a nice flavour. So adding chilli powder gives a different flavour which may not be good. If u try adding it, please let me know :)

  19. Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards,

  20. hi chithra, i tried this sambar.it came out nice.i learnt many dishes from ur blog.thank u so much

    1. Thank u so much for ur feedback. U made my day :)

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  22. Tomato rice is extremely delicious and tasty. I have already tried it and it was great. Please share some more recipes about tomatoes. Thanks for sharing delicious recipes with us Chitra. To Know More: http://bit.ly/1TL0iXF


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