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.

8 Responses to “Instant Sambar Powder”

  1. Hari Chandana July 26, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    Aromatic sambar powder… lovely presentation.. 🙂

  2. lubna July 27, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    very easy way to make samber with your very easy samber powder. thanks raji.

  3. lubna July 30, 2009 at 12:17 am #

    whats the difference between chana dal and dalia?

    • anusharaji July 31, 2009 at 7:47 am #

      @lubna roasted chana dal is called dalia. chana dal is hard and dark yellow which dalia is comparitively soft and light colored.

  4. V Kalyani August 8, 2009 at 2:04 am #

    excellent tip for making sambar. please send like this instant items like rasam powder,pulihotra powder etc

  5. padmaja January 21, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    There is another instant sambar mix. Take two table spoons of instan sambar powder and mix it with a glass of water.Boil the liquid for 10 minutes. Add curry leaves, green chillys and a table spoon of ghee. Sambar ready.

  6. Meera Sahay March 2, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I am very fond of south Indian food and its very aromatic real south Indian taste thanks

  7. Ila Acharya May 26, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    It is very Easy and Tasty Sambar Powder. Thanks .
    I love South Indian Dishes.
    Thanks Once Again .

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