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Jan 23, 2011

Hotel Idli Sambhar

This sambhar is very easy to make. It tastes like Hotel Saravana Bhavan sambhar. Try it and give me your feedback.

Toovar dhal                             2 tbsp
Moong dhal                               ¾ cup
Tomato                                     3 no
Green Chilies                             3 no
ginger                                        1tbsp
Jalapeno chili                              1 no
Cut vegetables                            ¼ cup ( carrot , potato )
Sambhar Powder                          2tbsp
Turmeric powder                          ¼ tsp
Asafetida (Hing)                            ¼ tsp
Coconut                                        ¼ cup
Aniseed (Snafu, Sombhu)              ¼ tsp (optional)
Salt                                                 to taste
Oil                                                    2 tsp
Mustard seed                                   ½ tsp
Curry leaves                                     1 stem
Cilantro (coriander leaves)                2 tbsp

  • Cut the tomatoes, vegetables, chillies, curry leaves and ginger
  • Heat oil in pan; fry the tomatoes and vegetables for few minutes.
  • Then add Sāmbhar powder, turmeric powder and Asafetida (Hing) on it and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Cook all above ingredients with dhals in pressure cooker till 3 whistles.
  • Grind coconut with aniseed very nicely. Keep aside.
  • Take out dhals from pressure cooker. Add salt, coconut masala and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in pan adds mustard seeds, curry leaves and fry.
  • Pore over to Sambhar and decorate with coriander leaves.
  • Serve with idli, dosa and any tiffin items.
Note: If you want more sour you can add more tomatoes . 


  1. A very big hit in our house and we dont want to have idly without this sambar now.

  2. yes same here,easy to make and very tasty..saravana bhavan sambar konjam thalli than nikkanum..thanks sadhana

  3. oh even today we have the same sambar at our house for a visiting friend..this has been our fav.sambar since 2011..thanks for sharing sadhana..

  4. Hi superb blog!!btw for jalapeño chilli what's the substitute.we get pickled jalapeño (in vinegar)..Ranjani..(Blore)

    1. Thanks . You can substitute with normal Green Chillies and Green Capsicum


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