Friday, 31 October 2014

Sambar: Tamilnadu Hotel style

Yipeee....Finally I got the recipe...After conducting several experiments.... I got it!!!!!!!!!I asked recipe to many persons..googled,searched a lot of cook books...but I was not satisfied with the result.Finally I took recipe from here and made little variation.Anyway result was awsome and when I served this sambar to my neighbour she asked me why you bought it from hotel?????????????

Ingredients :

  • Toor dal / thuvaram paruppu : 1/2 cup
  • Tomato (chopped ) : 1 big
  • Onion (chopped ) : 1 big
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tspn
  • Tamarind : Small gooseberry size(optional)
  • Salt

To roast and grind :

  • Coriander seeds : 1 tblspn
  • Roasted gram dal / Pottukadalai : 1 tblspn
  • Grated coconut : 2 to 3 tblspn
  • Chilly powder :  2 tspn
  • Oil : 1 tspn

To temper :

  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 tspn
  • Fenugreek seeds / uluva /venthayam : 1/4 tspn
  • Black gram /Ulutham paruppu / uzhunnu : 1/2 tspn
  • Cumin seeds / jeera : 1/4 tspn
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil

To garnish :

  • Coriander leaves : 1/4 cup
  • Asafoetida / kayam /Perunkayam : A pinch


  • Wash the thoor dal and pressure cook it with chopped tomato ,onion ,salt,turmeric powder and enough water.
  • Mash it well and keep aside
  • Now heat a pan with oil and add coriander seeds and pottukadalai .
  • Roast it for 3 minutes and Switch off the flame.
  • Now add grated coconut and chilly powder and mix it well
  • Grind it in to a smooth paste and mix it with the cooked toor dal.
  • Add tamarind extract too.(mix tamarind with water )
  • Let it boil.
  • Now heat a pan with oil and add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds blackgram cumin seeds and curry leaves in the same oreder.
  • Pour it in to the sambar and mix well
  • Now add chopped coriander leaves and asafoetida.
  • Yummy sambar is ready


  • You can avoid roasting step.Grind all the ingredients without roasting.
  • Use of shallots/sambar vengayam/kochulli will enhances the taste

sending this to beulahs event

Sending this recipe to Tanya's event


  1. A must try because we are love sambar like crazy. Its so inviting.

  2. Another variation of sambar....will try this method next time.

  3. This Sambar looks nice, not loaded with many vegetables. I can imagine the taste.

  4. Just one doubt; where have u added chopped onion?

    1. Thank you Divya...Together with chopped tomato and toor dal you have to add onion....Sorry forgot to add..updated now..


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