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March 1, 2016

Instant Sambar For Idli – Pottukadalai Sambar Recipe

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pottukadalai sambar for idli
Its my long time wish to make sambar recipe for idli dosa without dal. Recently my reader Suchi Vasan shared an Instant Pottukadalai sambar for idli. Its a very simple & quick sambar recipe that can be made without toor dal, moong dal or coconut. Tomato, onion, sambar powder & fried gram dal( pottukadalai in Tamil) is enough to make this side dish. I won’t say its taste is as good as dal/paruppu sambar & makkes a good side dish for Pongal or rice but it tastes good with Idli, dosa. Do try it during busy morning hours & make your job simple. Lets see how to prepare Instant Idli sambar using pottukadalai.
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Pottukadalai sambar

Instant sambar recipe for idli dosa

Instant sambar recipe for idli dosa How to make quick & easy sambar for idli.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos ( big)
  • Big onion or small onion - 2 nos/15 nos
  • Red chillies - 4 nos ( I used byadgi chillies)
  • Fried gram dal/Pottukadalai - 2 tbsp
  • Dhania powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Asafetida/Hing - 2 pinches
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

  • Wash & chop the tomato & onions.Heat 1tbsp of oil in a kadai and saute red chillies, onions, tomato pieces & pottukadalai/fried gram dal. Saute until tomato turns pulpy.Let the mixture cools down. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water.
instant pottukadalai sambar recipe
  • In a kadai,heat oil.Temper mustard seeds,urad dal,hing & curry leaves. Add onion & saute until transparent if using. I din’t use onions. Add the ground tomato paste.Add 1 cup of water & mix well.Add salt,turmeric powder,sambar powder & dhania powder. Let the sambar boil well for few minutes.Add more water based on the consistency you need. Garnish with coriander leaves. Easy,Instant Idli sambar is ready.Enjoy !
Instant pottukadalai sambar

  • Add more chillies while roasting if you want spicy sambar.
  • Add ghee for more flavor at the end.
Enjoy this easy,tasty sambar with idli & dosa !
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  1. Hai chittu gonna try this today yummy looks.

  2. yes,sure :)Don't forget to share ur feedback here :)

  3. Dear awesome big hit my family members luvd it I ate ,7 idlys with this super thanks to u

  4. Dear awesome big hit my family members luvd it I ate ,7 idlys with this super thanks to u

    1. Yay,Thanks for the great feedback Sadhana :) I am very happy !

  5. wow interesting.this is in my to do list.will try it and let u know the results

  6. Thanks for the receipe...i will try today

  7. hi chitra.. I tried ur recipe-pottukadalai kuzhambu for idly it was good..and ur idly recipe in mixie using poha was awesome:-) I ve got soft idlies.. Thank you for the recipe- Divya


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