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February 9, 2009

Tirunelveli Idli Sambar Recipe - Nellai Style Tiffin Sambar For Idli

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Tiffin sambar recipe Tirunelveli style
I learnt this Tirunelveli style idli sambar from my mom. Most of us make idli sambar with toor dal. But my mom makes sambar by combining moong dal and toor dal and with freshly roasted and ground Nellai style idli sambar powder ( my mom calls this as mel podi in Tamil). Last week I prepared this as a side dish for idli. My husband liked it so much. Many thanks to my mom. .Lets see how to make Tirunelveli style Idli sambar with toor dal and moong dal.

I have also shared my mom's moong dal sambar for idli - easy, no grind version , check it :)

If you are looking for Tirunelveli sambar for rice, do check this link .

Tirunelveli Idli sambar recipe 

Idli Sambar recipe

Idli Ssmbar recipe How to make idli sambar using toor dal, moong dal adding vegetables in Tirunelveli style
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

To Pressure cook - 1 cup =250ml
  • Moong dal – 1/8 cup 
  • Toor dal – 1/8 cup
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Carrot – 1-2 nos (use 2 nos if very small)
  • Potato – 1-2 nos(-do-)
  • Besan flour/ Kadalai maavu – 1 tsp
  • Salt & Water – As required
To Roast and Grind:
  • Cooking Oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry coriander seeds/dhania – 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal – 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
To temper
  • Cooking Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal –1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaf – 1 sprig
  • Asafetida/Hing – a pinch
  • Red chilly – 1 no
  • Green chilly – 1 to 3 nos(depends on your taste)
  • Small / Pearl onions – 10 nos(Peeled)
  • Coriander leaves – To garnish

  • To make Tirunelveli style idli sambar powder : Roast all the items given under “To roast and grind” adding 1/2 tsp of oil till nice aroma arises. Make a smooth powder by grinding it. Use this powder to make sambar. Just add 2 tsp of this powder at the end. This gives the flavor. Keep this powder ready before doing this sambar. You can store this powder and use later. 
Tirunelveli Idli sambar recipe
  • Cube cut the vegetables .Chop the tomato into pieces.Soak the tamarind in water.
  • Pressure cook moong and toor dal  by adding water,turmeric powder and a drop of oil. In a small box, keep the chopped vegetables and cook with dal. Cook for 1-2 whistles depending on your cooker.
  • [Normally what I do is , I keep the dal in the cooker base and keep the veggies in a closed tiffin box that suits my cooker so that the veggies will be separate and will not be mashed with the dal .I mash the dal alone with a ladle. I followed the same for this sambar too!! ]
  • If you don’t want to follow this,cook the veggies and dal separately. Extract the juice from soaked tamarind. Keep aside.
  • Now heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds. Let it pop. Then add urad dal, pinched red chilly and curry leaves. Add onion, green chillies, tomato pieces and saute until tomato turns mushy.
  • Now add the tamarind juice, cooked dal and boiled veggies along with onions, tomato & green chillies. Add a pinch of hing.
Tirunelveli style idli sambar
  • Add the required salt and water. Let it boil for sometime. Now add 2 tsp of freshly ground powder and boil for 2 mins. Lastly add the diluted besan flour and boil for few minutes.
Tirunelveli style idli sambar
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with idly by adding sesame/gingely oil. Enjoy !

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Raks said...

The first picture of the sambhar is eye catchy!
I make the same except i use moong dal alone:)
Will try adding thoor dal some time!

Adlak's tiny world said...

woowe tasty sambar... that too floated veggies on the top looks gorgeous.

Dershana said...

Have never tried moong and toor together in making sambhar. looks nice.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

this looks mouthwatering.. am going to try for sure.

Anonymous said...

sambar looks delecious chitra

Cham said...

Sambar and idli u make me hungry. Looks so good

Myvegfare said...

hi, idli,vada sambhar ruchiyagi maado butler naane title holder ee nadige naane super :)) just like that ur idli & sambhar is looking so delicious....making me hungry at half 11 O'clock in the night...that is the time i get 2 sit 2 look at & post recipes!!, never tried with moong dal, must give it a try...

Pooja said...

Never used the combination of toor dal and moong dal will give a try.Nice post chitra

Recipeswap said...

Great looking sambar......reminds me of the Shanti Sagar ones.

Chitra said...

Thank so much u raji:)
Thanku very much adlak:)
Thanks try this and lemme know:)
Thanku so much manima,sagari and cham for ur lovable comments:)
Thanku jayasri,can understand ur quotes in kannada.Not able to reply properly:)
Thanks a lot pooja and n33ma:)

gtyuk said...

looks so mouthwatering, love sambhar dipped idlis!

Chitra said...

Thank akal;)

Srikitchen said...

wow! it looks perfect and tempting chitra!

Chitra said...

thanku sri:)

Anonymous said...

This looks really delicious! Thank you for a nice comment on my site. You have great recipes.

Usha said...

This looks delicious :-)

Vibaas said...

That looks sooo yummy. Want to have some idlis with that sambar now :)

Raaga said...

I've always made both individually... should try the combination :)

Chitra said...

thanku all frnds:)

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so delicious! A lot of ingredients are new to me. Love you kitchen clinic section =)

Unknown said...

tried tis sambar today...super a irunchu tanQ fr d recipe..

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback:)