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Instant Sambar Powder

25 Jul

Instant Sambar Powder.

Here is a recipe for sambar powder without having to use any cooked dal in the sambar recipe. Roasted and powdered dals in the mix gives a thick consistency to the sambar. To prepare, add chopped vegetables to the tempered oil along with tamarind extract and pour few cups of plain water. Mix in a tbsp of the prepared instant sambar powder to the boiling liquid to prepare sambar.
Makes: 6 – 7 tbsps of Madras Sambar Powder


Chana Dal 1 tbsp
Toor Dal 1 tbsp
Urad Dal 1 tbsp
Coriander Seeds 1 1/2 tbsp
Black Peppercorns 1/2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tbsp
Whole Red Chillies 5 – 10
Fenugreek Seeds 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Oil 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation:

Remove stems and break whole red chillies into small pieces.
Heat half a tsp of oil in a pan, add broken red chillies and fry them just until aromatic or till lightly crisped.
Separately roast all the ingredients except whole red chillies and turmeric powder until aromatic or until lightly golden brown.

Cool all the roasted ingredients to room temperature and grind them together into very fine powder.
Mix in turmeric powder to the ground sambar powder and store tight in a clean jar until use.
Sambar powder stays fresh for around half an year before changing its spice flavors.
Notes: Make sure not to burn any of the roasting ingredients.

Suggestions: If sambar powder is not too spicy for you, add more peppercorns and red chillies to the mix.
Variations: You can mix and match any of the three dals being used in the sambar powder recipe. Also add a tsp of dried curry leaves and half a tsp of asafoetida to the sambar powder.
Other Names: Instant Sambar Powder, Madras Sambar Mix.