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March 1, 2021

Karnataka Idli Sambar Powder Recipe

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Karnataka idli sambar powder

My daughter Raksha is an ardent fan of Karnataka hotel style idli sambar. She loves the sweet and spicy taste of this sambar which is very unique across South Indian sambar recipes.  Whenever I visit Jayanagar or old Bangalore, a parcel of Mysore masala dosa with chutney and sambar ( I request the parcel section to pack some extra sambar for me 😀) is a must for Raksha. Usually I buy from Krishna bhavan, Ganesh Bhavan, SLV and Upahara Darshini. Raksha always tells me to make this at home to pair with idli rava idli.

I have tried so many versions of Bangalore hotel idli sambar at home. But nothing came up to my expectation. Recently I tried a Karnataka hotel style idli sambar recipe from Rekha aduge and Anvika Youtube channel. I prepared a idli sambar powder as suggested and tried this sambar. It was so close to the restaurant ones. Raksha gave a big thumbs up and told me to follow this recipe every time.

Before posting the hotel style idli sambar recipe, I wanted to share this sambar powder recipe which plays a vital role in sambar preparation. Its definitely different from our usual sambar powder in certain ingredients. Cinnamon and dry coconut are the secret ingredients here. You can always use fresh coconut and roast it instead of dried coconut / kobbari but do not skip cinnamon. I also used a clove/ lavang to give more flavor which is optional in the original recipe.

Friends, do try this Karnataka idli sambar powder. I feel making this sambar powder is the only time consuming work in sambar preparation. If you make it once, you can store this powder and prepare sambar for 2 to 3 times. Lets see how to make Karnataka style idli sambar powder recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my Tamilnadu style idli sambar powder recipe. 

Karnataka sambar powder

Karnataka idli sambar powder recipe

Karnataka idli sambar powder recipe

Karnataka hotel style idli sambar powder recipe

Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Sambar powder
Serves: 1/2 cup
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Cooking oil – 2 tsp
  • Byadgi chilli - 12 to 15 nos (Most important ingredient)
  • Coriander seeds - 3 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Methi seeds / fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Asafetida / Hing - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 1
  • Pepper corns - 1/4 tsp
  • Dried coconut / Kobbari - 1.5 tbsp
  1. Heat oil in a kadai and add the chana dal.
  2. When it starts to roast, add all the other ingredients one by one.
  3. Roast carefully in low to medium flame. Lastly add red chilli and dried coconut.
  4. Roast for a minute. Switch off the flame. Cool down.
  5. Grind to a fine powder. Store in an airtight box and use it twice or thrice.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Add chana dal, roast for few seconds in medium flame.

  • Add urad dal, coriander seeds, methi seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, clove, cinnamon, pepper corns, red chilli and dried coconut. Add hing.
  • Karnataka sambar powder
  • Roast everything together in low to medium flame for few minutes till you get nice roasted smell. Do not burn any.
  • Karnataka sambar powder
  • Switch off the flame and let it cool down completely. Grind them to a smooth powder and store in an air tight box. It stays good for 2 weeks. You can make sambar twice or thrice with this quantity. Karnataka sambar powder


  • You can use more chilli based on the taste. Use up to 15.
  • Use byadgi chilli or Kashmiri chilli for bright color.
  • Cloves is optional.

Easy, Karnataka hotel style idli sambar powder is ready !

 Karnataka hotel style idli sambar powder

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Kamali said...

Hi chitra..Can you please tell me how to make hotel style sambar with the above mentioned sambar powder?

Chitra said...

Hi Kamali, Sure. I will post it soon