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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 sister:). 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: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Ripe Tomato – 4 nos (I used bangalore tomato)
  • Asafetida/Hing – a pinch
  • Salt – To taste
To grind
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Fried gram – 2 tsp
  • Green chilli – 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 (slice cut)
  • Green chilli – 1 to 2(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 !

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

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Nithya Praveen said...

Am the first one to comment....looks wonderful.I loved ur Kitchen Clinic...i guess this one makes ur blog outstanding.Great girl!

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot.Ur comments are really motivating me:)Thanks for ur immediate response.

Finla said...

Wowo the sambar looks so yumm.
It is totally different tha ti make.
Bookmarking them.

Anonymous said...

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!

Raks said...

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:)

Unknown said...

looks delicious..

Chitra said...

Thanku happycook,priya,raji and sowmya.Do try this and tell me ur comments on it:)

Adlak's tiny world said...

very simple procedure and tasty it seems.. thanks for sharing both the recipe and clinical tips... good one.

Deepika said...

yummm ... looks delicious. I was planning idlis for tomorrow morning anyway, so now I have a great dish to accompany it. :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi Chitra, welcome back :) nice picture of fluffy idls with sambar and chutney...

Usha said...

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 ?

Malar Gandhi said...

Interesting sambar, bet it tasted great with idly...looks fab' dear.

Chitra said...

Thanku frnds for ur lovely comments!!
Hi usha,i mentioned pottu kadalai:)Thanks for ur comment:)

Anonymous said...

Hii have a cool blog here!your idly looks awesome! will come back here again at leisure :)

Chitra said...

Thanks kalpana for visiting my blog.Iam so happy:)

Andhra Flavors said...

sambar looks great with idly. ur pics shows how its good.

Chitra said...

thanku dear:)

Lakshmi said...

Tomato sambar with those fluffy idlis ..I am all drooling here. Good One :)

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow calls for less ingredients and sounds yummy. Idlis looks gr8.

Unknown said...

This is an unusual recipe for sambhar, I mean something different, would love to try it. - Rekha

Anonymous said...

THanks for visitine me. U have a pretyy plac ehere & those idlis looks sooo soft & pure. Hope u had a great time at home.:-)

Vaishali said...

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.

Cham said...

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.

Swapna said...

First time to ur blog. Ur idlies are looking great & fluffy.

Chitra said...

Thanku frnds for ur encouraging comments!!

balu said...

Its the same recipe my mom used to prepare for idli, just one small difference, use to put in few cloves while frying onion. This gives superb flavour, try this n let me know.