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January 3, 2012

Idli Sambar Recipe - Tamilnadu Hotel Style

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Tamilnadu hotel style idli sambar
I learnt this Sāmbar from my neighbor. Its very simple. Usually for hotel style sambar recipe,we used to add freshly roasted & ground spices.For this sambar, just besan flour is enough.I had tasted this kind of sambar in some hotels especially in Tirunelveli and Madurai.Do try this and let me know how it turned out.Lets see how to make this easy, South Indian Idli Sambar recipe.
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Tamilnadu Hotel style Idli sambar recipe

Tamilnadu Hotel style Idli sambar recipe Idli sambar recipe - Tamil nadu hotel style
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  • Carrot –1 no
  • Potato – 1 no
  • Tamarind –Small berry size(Sundakkai alavu)
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Small onions / shallot – 10 nos
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Sambar powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Besan flour – 1 tbsp
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Green chilli - 1 no (slit)
  • Coriander leaves – few ( to garnish)

  • In a pressure cooker, take the toor dal, chopped vegetables, turmeric powder, hing and a drop of oil. Add the required water and cook for one whistle in low flame. Mash the dal and keep it apart.Dilute besan flour in 1/4 cup of water without lumps and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper the ingredients given under “To temper”. Sauté the onions, slitted chillies,curry leaves, hing & tomatoes. Saute till tomato turns mushy. Now add the tamarind extract and sambar powder.

  • Add more water if necessary.Add the cooked vegetables , little asafetida and fresh curry leaves. Allow it to boil for few minutes. Then add the cooked and mashed toor dal.
  • Add besan water to the sambar. Boil well for few minutes without lumps .The sambar starts to thicken. Add more water if necessary.
  • Finally switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • **For relatives, add a tsp of ghee at the end and close the bowl. Yummy , aromatic sambar is ready to enjoy with piping hot idlis , vada or pongal !!

  • For idli sambar, dal should be dominant and hence less tamarind is added.  If u want the sambar to be more tangy add lime juice at the end after switching off the flame.
  • For more spiciness, add more green chillies while sautéing onions and tomatoes.
  • If u feel the sambar is too thick, add more water, little tamarind extract, salt and sambar powder. Boil for sometime. Similarly if u think the sambar is more spicy or tangy, add little besan flour and water, allow it to boil. Adjust salt.
  • I find the above step as very useful to get the correct taste. That too for beginners these points would be very useful , thanks to my neighbor for sharing these tips with me/>

I enjoyed this yummy sambar with my oats barley idli and onion thokku !

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  1. Hi Chitra, Happy New Year to you:-) Your version of sambar with a twist of adding besan sounds very delicious..Oats&Barley idly with this sambar sounds like a healthy combo.

  2. happy new year...
    idly-sambhar looks good...

  3. Hi Chitra
    Happy New Year wishes to u...hotel sambar recipe sounds so yum and looks inviting...will try this for sure...thanks for the recipe..

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  4. Nice recipe and like that idli too ...gud one

  5. Happy New Year Chitra.

  6. Looks delicious. Happy new year!

  7. hotel sambhar always tastes great and thanx for sharing this recipe..Happy New year to you and your family.

  8. Thanks all for the nice words :)

  9. Happy new year and idli sambar looks delicious ....

  10. Happy new year Chitra!!! this is super flavorful sambhar n i love the idly..

  11. Happy new year Chitra!!!! This makes such a hearty & delish breakfast...;)

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  12. Mmm...Like the idea of adding besan to the Sambar...Looks Delicious
    Happy New Year

  13. Happy New Year Chitra...
    Delicious combo n healthy tooo, luv the flavour!!

  14. easy and delicious sambar.. looks nice.. Happy New Year...

  15. Hotel style sambaar is looking really yum...surely I will be making this.

    Happy New Year Chitra!

  16. had never heard of adding besan to sambhar! must try soon for that restaurant-taste :)

  17. Wow...luv the make up tips ,chitra...Yummy breakfast..Happy new year to you.

  18. my husband is a big fan of hotel sambar. will give your recipe a shot

  19. சாம்பாரில் கடலைமாவு சேர்த்து செய்திருப்பது ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு!!

  20. delicious recipe... will surely try this... happy new year..

  21. I sometimes make this with moong dal :)

  22. Can have two more idlies with this sambar.

  23. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for visiting me and for your nice words. Warmest New Year wishes to you & your family :)

  24. yummy n delicious hotel sambhar!!
    Wishing a happy 2012!!
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  25. Love this sambar very much. You have done it perfectly Chitra. My most favorite combo for idly always....yummy!

  26. Happy New Year Chitra! The sambar looks delicious with oats idlis!

  27. Belated new year wishes dear... Lovely flavorful sambhar

  28. Sambar looks delicious.Happy New year.

  29. Thanks for dropping by at my space...hotel sambar is my fav..never get that hotel taste at home,will try out ur version one day...Glad to follow u :)

  30. Yummy n tasty combo Idli Sambar.Luks Delish!

  31. Wow, very nice recipe for any day and love the ease of cooking idlis.

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  32. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare & delicious!

  33. //I had tasted this kind of sambhar in some hotels especially in Tirunelveli and Madurai.//
    I too.very tasty.

  34. the sambar looks tasty and yummy..Happy new year..first time here..u have got a nice collection of recipe in ur space..thanks for visiting my space and for ur lovely comment...keep in touch,,


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