Monday, 22 December 2014

Sambar Powder

Sambar Powder

Sambar powder is a flavorful South Indian style coarse textured spices powder, prepared by grinding various type of spices. As the name suggests it is used to make Sambar. it is added with vegetables and lentils while preparing sambar to enhance the flavor.

The main ingredients used to prepare sambar powder are coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, red chilies, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, curry leaves, turmeric powder, urad dal, chana dal, salt. Every family has its own sambhar powder recipe, with ingredients proportioned according to the level of spiciness preferred by them.

Sambar Powder

Sambar Powder


2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp curry leaves
2 tbsp gram dal
2 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp red chili powder
3-4 pieces of cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
5-6 bay leaves
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp salt


1. Take all the ingredients in individual in a large plate.

2. Clean and dry all ingredients except salt, asafoetida, red chili powder and
     turmeric powder in the sun for 2-3 hours.

3. Roast chana dal till golden brown, set aside.

4. Now roast urad dal and set it aside.

5. Roast coriander seeds till turn slightly light brown. 

6. Let them cool to room temperature for 7-8 minutes and transfer to
    a grinder jar. 

7. Add all other ingredients, grind it in a coarse powder.

8. Sieve it, allow it to cool, store in a clean air tight container.

Sambar Powder


1. Add red chili powder according to your choice.

2. Adding asafoetida and salt is optional.

3. Sun dry ingredients for minimum 2 hours to store sambar powder
    for longer period.

4. Roast ingredients over low flame to avoid burning.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow..great recipe Sudha. I have never tried making sambar powder at home. Very nice well described recipe. :)