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May 2, 2013

Thakkali Sambar - Instant Tomato Sambar Without Coconut, dal For Idli

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  Tomato sambar without dal for idli

I learnt this instant tomato sambar recipe / Thakkali sambar for idli without dal and coconut from my mom. This is our family's all time favourite sambar. Its very simple to do and its made without cooked dal & coconut. Sambar onions, hing and coriander leaves are the star ingredients. This sambar should be served adding sesame oil / gingely oil. It gives a nice taste and flavour. So add gingely oil on top of sambar before you eat . I have used Bangalore tomatoes here. Please adjust the quantity of green chillies based on the Tamil nadu tomato you use. Try this easy, instant tomato sambar for idli, you’ll like it for sure. It tastes similar to tomato soup with sauteed onions ;)

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Tomato sambar for Idli Without coconut, dal

Tomato sambar for Idli Tomato sambar / thakkali sambar without coconut, dal for idli dosa.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml

  • Ripe Tomato – 5 nos
  • Green chilli – 5 -7 nos (Use 7 for spicy sambar)
  • Hing / Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – A pinch
  • Salt & water – as needed
To temper
  • Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar onion – 3/4 - 1 cup ( finely chopped )
Coriander leaves – a quarter bunch chopped for garnishing (must)
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and saute the slitted green chillies for a while till the skin shrinks. Cook the tomato and the green chilli with required water and let it cool. It should be well cooked ( Usually My mom pressure cooks it)
  • Filter the cooked water and grind the tomato, green chillies to a smooth paste adding the cooked water after it cools down. Add salt , turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp of hing to the paste and set aside. Chop the onions finely.
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  • Heat 1.5 tbsp of oil in a kadai and season with mustard seeds and urad dal. Now add the chopped onions and saute till they are transparent. Add the cooked tomato water. Give a boil.. Finally add the ground paste and add the remaining water, salt.(This sambar should be slightly watery. )
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  • Sprinkle few chopped coriander leaves and give a boil. Switch off the flame and garnish with the remaining coriander leaves.
Tomato sambar tile3
    NB: Please don't try this sambar without coriander leaves. You wont get the exact flavour and taste. Also small onion gives a special flavour to this sambar. So we don't use big onions. Please don’t use curry leaves in this recipe. It will change the flavour of this sambar. Enjoy !

Tasty tomato sambar is ready to serve hot with idlis !! Top with sesame oil / Gingely oil.
It tastes divine !!!

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

Gen rally i tried this method with Dal :) wll give try without dal ! its tempting !

Chitra said...

Thanks for the quick comment aparna.. Do try and let me know ur feedback :)

Indian Khana said...

I do in a different way your method ...looks yum

Rafeeda AR said...

look really yummy and easy...

Mahi said...

Interesting side dish for idli/dosa! Nice stepwise pictures.

Vimitha Durai said...

Never tried this sambar. might be so tangy n yum

Raks said...

Sounds very nice will try for sure :)

Sona said...

looks delicious and lovely recipe.

Unknown said...

nice one without tamarind..

Nava K said...

I will say no to idli and poured a generous amount the tomato drenched sambar over my rice. I can imagine the flavors and fragrances coming out of this sambar.

Nilu A said...

Sambar is my favourite.. Your tomato sambhar looks soo tempting Chitra :-)

Shella said...

The plate looks so ready to dig in.....yummy

meena said...

very interesting ,never knew can make sambar without dhal.sounds interesting.

Melgie Campbell said...

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Unknown said...

wow awesome....perfect use of tomatoes in summer...
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Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Easy and tempting side dish chitra

Anonymous said...

Do you really make it without the dhal? Unbelievable! It looks amazing...I could just dig into the idly-sambar without a second thought! Love it give it a try!

divya said...

Looks amazing and mouthwatering

Reni said...

Tempting idli & sambar !

Sangeetha M said...

love tomato sambar for idly/dosa..ur version sounds so simple and yummy..will try this for sure..

VineelaSiva said...

Wow the tomato sambar looks yummy and colourful.

Tina said...

My first time here, and so glad I came. I love Indian food, and the step-by-btep guide? oh...thank you!! :)

Sumi said...

Interesting recipe, can we use chillipowder instead of Green chilli

Chitra said...

I have not used chilli powder. Here we saute green chilli and add to tomato while cooking which gives a nice flavour. So adding chilli powder gives a different flavour which may not be good. If u try adding it, please let me know :)

Unknown said...

hi chithra, i tried this came out nice.i learnt many dishes from ur blog.thank u so much

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for ur feedback. U made my day :)

sowmiya sabarinath said...

what is meant by amp.i cant undrstand

Chitra said...

Hi Sowmiya,
& is the HTML code for and.Just ignore it :)

Vinodha said...

Yesterday I made this sambar.i really liked it very simple recipe and tasty .hereafter I will made it often