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July 13, 2018

Instant Sambar Without Dal For Idli, Dosa - Easy Tiffin Sambar Recipe

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Instant sambar without dal

Recently I came across this Instant sambar recipe for idli, dosa without dal, vegetables and coconut in Papa’s kitchen YouTube video. We can call this as Dhidir sambar or pottukadalai sambar in Tamil. Its a very easy and simple sambar recipe with pottukadalai (Fried gram dal in English) , fennel seeds, onion and tomato as major ingredients. Fried gram dal and fennel seeds(soambu in Tamil) adds a nice flavor, thickness and kurma kind of taste to this tiffin sambar. 

 I have already shared an idli sambar recipe almost in the same combination without using toor dal, moong dal and vegetables. But this plain sambar is even more easy to make within 10 minutes. It came out really well and tasted great with hot idli and dosa but not for rice. Everybody loved it especially Sendhil appreciated me and had one more idli too. Even Raksha who is a big fan of toor dal and moong dal idli sambar had this sambar sans dal without any complaints. What else I need to post this recipe in my blog. So here you go Instant sambar without dal, vegetables for idli, dosa. You too give a try and share your feedback with me. Soon I will try to make a post on instant sambar without dal for rice.

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Instant sambar without dal

Instant sambar without dal Instant pottukadalai sambar for idli, dosa without dal and vegetables.
Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Sambar Recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida - a pinch
  • Red chilli - 1 no ( pinched into two)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( slit into two)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & Water - as needed
To grind
  • Fried gram dal / Pottukadalai - 1 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds / Soambu - 1 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup

  • Coriander leaves - To garnish
  1. Grind pottukadalai + fennel seeds to a fine powder.
  2. Add water and mix without lumps. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard, urad dal, chana dal, red chilli, curry leaves, hing.
  4. Saute onion, green chilli till transparent. Saute tomato till mushy. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add pottukadalai water and 1 cup more water. Mix well and boil for sometime.
  6. Once it reaches the desired consistency, switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  7. Serve hot with idli, dosa drizzled with gingely oil/Nalla ennai.
  • Wash and chop onion, tomato and green chilli. Grind pottukadalai + soambu(fennel seeds) to a smooth powder. Grind continuously for long time by wiping the sides. It helps to grind a smooth powder without grits else fennel seeds won’t grind properly.  Add 1/2 cup water to this powder and mix well without lumps. You can grind again if you like. Keep this water aside.
    Instant sambar without dal for idli
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and red chilli. Add chopped onion, curry leaves, green chilli and saute till transparent. Add tomato and saute till mushy.
    Instant sambar without dal for idli
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and required salt. Mix well for a minute. Add pottukadalai water without lumps. Add 1 cup more water based on the consistency of sambar.
    Instant sambar without dal for idli
  • Mix well and boil for few minutes till you get nice aroma. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with idli and dosa by drizzling with Gingely oil / Nalla ennai or ghee. Enjoy with idli, dosa ! This sambar thickens when it cools down. So add more water, adjust salt, spice powders and reheat if you want thin sambar.
  • Instant sambar without dal for idli


  • Consistency of this sambar depends on your taste. Some people like thin sambar. So you can adjust the quantity of water accordingly.
  • Fennel seeds gives a nice flavor to this sambar. So do not reduce the quantity.
  • If you like, you can add potato and carrot.
  • Tamarind is not required. Ripe tomato would do.
  • For variations, you can use sambar powder instead of red chilli powder.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves for nice flavor. Do not avoid it.
Try this easy, yummy, instant sambar for idli,dosa and enjoy !
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ShilpaBh said...

Like your innovation. Love your recipe chitra.

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Arun Venkat said...

Your recipe made me a cook in this virus outbreak situation.
Continue the good work :)

Chitra said...

Glad to know that. Thank you , happy cooking 😊

Meana Ram said...

I tried this sambar today. Very easy and tasty my 4 year old liked it as well Thanks for the recipe.

Chitra said...

Thanks for your feedback 😊

Vijayalakshmi Raghavan said...

Wow. Never thought of this innovative way of making a quick sambar even after cooking for ages. I can easily understand this will be superb. Excellent.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much 😊

Unknown said...

Hi chitra,
Is this vettakoram recioe

Chitra said...

Hi, Sorry. I don't understand the word vettakoram.