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December 8, 2012

Idli Sambar Recipe - Saravana bhavan Hotel Tiffin Sambar

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Saravana bhavan sambar

When I was searching for idli sambar recipes, I got this one titled as Saravana Bhavan sambar in many blogs & sites. Saravana bhavan is one of the hotels in which I am longing to have my breakfast and dinner and very recently I had a chance to visit it. As I have tasted this sambar, I wanted to try in my kitchen because this recipe is totally new from my usual hotel sambar recipe. No need to make additional powder for sambar. Our usual sambar powder is enough. I have tried the original recipe many times and I felt its less tangy because of Bangalore tomato. So I changed the recipe according to our taste buds. Nowadays I am making this sambar regularly for idlirice upma. It tastes great !

Idli Sambar Recipe - Hotel Style

Idli Sambar Recipe - Hotel Style Hotel Saravana bhavan style Idli Sambar Recipe
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for Idli,dosa
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup =250ml 
To pressure cook
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup ( less than 1/2 cup)
  • Hing /Asafetida – a pinch
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking Oil – few drops
  • Vegetables – Brinjal , carrot , potato & drumstick ( cook separately and add if using)
  • Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
  • Sugar or jaggery – 1/4 tsp
To saute
  • Sambar onion/ small onion – 10 nos
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Green chillies – 1 no ( slit)
  • Curry leaves – few
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Fried gram dal – 1 tbsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tbsp ( any sambar powder is fine ) OR ( chilli powder – 1.5 tsp + dhania powder – 1.5 tsp)
  • Tomato – 1 no
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no ( pinched )
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
To garnish
  • Coriander leaves – few chopped

  • Pressure cook all the ingredients given under “pressure cook”  till mushy. Remove & mix well.( Cook drumstick seperately in a bow. and place inside the cooker without adding water. Use drumstick for best tasting sambar). 
Saravana Bhavan sambar
  • Grind all the ingredients adding little water to make a smooth paste.( given under “to grind”)
Saravana Bhavan sambar
  • Add this ground paste and the tamarind extract ( do not add tamarind extract if you are using tangy tomatoes), salt  to the cooked dal mixture and allow it to boil well till the raw smell emanates. It will thicken. Add water when necessary.
Saravana Bhavan sambar
  • Heat oil and add onions and green chillies , curry leaves and saute till onion turns transparent. Add tomato pieces and saute until mushy. Add this to the boiling sambar. Boil for some more time. Add sugar or jaggery while boiling. Finally temper the ingredients given under “To temper” and add to sambar. Garnish with coriander leaves and close it with a lid. Serve after 30 minutes. For guests , add a tsp of ghee before serving : ))
    Saravana Bhavan sambar


    • The actual recipe did not use tamarind. As I used Bangalore tomatoes, I felt its bland. So I added little tamarind extract. If you use Tamil nadu tomato( Naatu thakkali) , tamarind may not be necessary. Make sure the sambar should be mild in tanginess.
    • Tempering at the end gives a nice flavor. If you want, you can do this step while sauteing onions.
    • Adding sambar onion gives  a nice taste. U can replace with big onion if you don’t have it.
    • If you wish, you can use moong dal or a combination of toor dal & moong dal.

Try this yummy Saravana bhavan style Idli sambar at home and enjoy your breakfast/dinner !!

Saravana Bhavan sambar

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Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

this is one of my fav. breakfast for sure. the sambar looks perfect for a quick meal.

Rashida Shaikh said...

I want it now...
looks so good.

Unknown said...

My fav sambar with hot it dear....

Nisa Homey said...

Gosh! your sambar looks so tempting...wish I lived near by :(

Sangeetha Priya said...

Delicious Sambar, loved ur clicks...
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Priya Suresh said...

Fingerlicking flavourful sambhar, can have two more idlies with this sambhar.

Vimitha Durai said...

Beautiful click... and love sambhar always... Looks inviting

Sangeetha M said...

So flavorful n yummy sambar...will try it sometime!

Suja Manoj said...

Tempting sambar,beautiful clicks..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love sarvana bhawan's sambhar... it is amazing... seems simple here too...

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy and inviting dear

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Lifewithspices said...

yummm... so inviting chutney n podis..

Unknown said...

Love the entire table setting with the chutneys and sambar!!!
wow so delicious looking!!!
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Julie said...

flavorful combo,perfect resatuarant style presentation!!
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Wow...Looks so tempting ...Me too used to make this often...Thanks for sharing...

divyagcp said...

I love saravana bhavan food. But definitely need a lot of patience to wait there and have their food.. Delicious and flavorful sambhar.. Nice presentation..

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect , love to have with hot idli's :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Very nice recipe for tiffin sambar. Pictures are superb

Jingalala said...

I actually like the bubbles in the sambar picture :)The picture itself says the sambar tastes greattttt!

Unknown said...

How much water to be added to serve four

Chitra said...

Around 3 cups I feel ( 2 cups for cooking dal and 1 cup to boil with tamarind extract). Please adjust the consistency based on your liking.