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May 26, 2015

Udupi Sambar Recipe-Hotel Style-Side dish for idli,dosa

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Udupi hotel sambar
Last week I tried a new sambar recipe for idli and that too without onion,garlic brahmin version after years.I came across this recipe in “The Hindu” Food safari section.The recipes i have tried from that section is always a super hit in my home.The best example is my soft kulcha recipe.The taste & cooking method of this udipi sambar is very close to my Hotel idli sambar using freshly ground sambar powder.So Sendhil & myself liked it a lot and relished with idli,dosaHappy.Try this recipe if you are looking for a no onion no garlic side dish for idli,dosa & pongal.You will love it !Lets see how to make this Karnataka Udupi's most popular sambar recipe with step by step pictures.

Udupi sambar recipe

Udupi sambar recipe

Udupi sambar recipe Udupi style no onion,no garlic hotel sambar recipe - Side dish for idli,dosa
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

To pressure cook
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Tamarind - Small lemon sized ball
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp ( Use more if u like sweet sambar)
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
To roast & grind ( for udupi sambar powder)
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Dhania/Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Red chillies - 6-7 nos ( Use byadgi chillies for bright red color)
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Asafetida/hing - 1/8 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
To temper & saute
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( slit into 2)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Brinjal,Yam or Pumpkin - few pieces
Coriander leaves - to garnish
Ghee – 1 tbsp

  • Pressure cook toor dal adding turmeric powder,a drop of oil and the required water.I used yam.So i added in the cooker itself.If you are using brinjal or pumpkin,do not add in the cooker.Cook the veggies separately in tamarind water.
Udupi sambar recipe

  • After pressure cooking,mash the dal well with a ladle.Set aside.Heat a kadai and roast all the above ingredients given under “to roast & grind”.Let it cool and grind everything to a smooth paste adding enough water.
Udupi sambar recipe
  • Add this paste to the cooked dal.Mix well and add 1/2 cup of water if the dal is too thick.
  • Heat oil/Coconut oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds,cumin seeds,green chilli and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.Add brinjal or pumpkin if using.Saute for a minute and add the tamarind extract,turmeric powder and salt.
Udupi sambar recipe
  • Add the dal + ground paste mixture.Add some water if necessary and allow the sambar to boil well for 5 minutes.Add jaggery when the sambar boils.Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.Transfer to a bowl.
  • Lastly add a tbsp of ghee if desired.Close the bowl with a lid.Serve hot with idli.
Udupi sambar recipe

Enjoy !


  • You can add a tsp of chana dal along with other spices while roasting.
  • For variations,u can add 1/2 tsp of sambar powder while the tamarind water boils.
  • Add more jaggery if u like sweet tasting sambar based on the original one.I used only 1/2 tsp as per my family’s taste.

Try this no onion,no garlic udupi hotel style sambar.Enjoy with idli,dosa!!

Udupi sambar recipe

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  1. Hmm.. i can smell the fresh ground masala even here.Delicious.

  2. Beautiful Presentation!Delicious sambar

  3. Hi you have an excellent blog......I have tried few of your recipes with yummy results......cant wait to try all your recipes :)

    1. Thanks for your sweet words Rismiya :) Keep trying & share your feedback

  4. Sambar looks so delicious ! I have not tried sambar with coconut. I will definitely try your recipe :)


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