Thursday, 18 June 2015

Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar and coconut chutney....a perfect and most nutritious morning meal. Idli Sambhar is a South Indian delight light on the stomach and easy to digest. Idli Sambhar is one of the most popular traditional South Indian dish.

Idli prepared with fermented batter of rice and black gram dal( urd dal), sambhar made from pigeon peas (toovar dal), vegetables, tamarind and spices. This dish is very easy to prepare and can be served as main course, side dish or breakfast. Its a prefect meal itself.

Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar


For idli:

1 cup urad dal 
3 cups rice
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
Oil as required
Salt to taste

For sambhar:

1 cup toover dal
2 tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
2 brinjal chopped
1 potato chopped
7-8 curry leaves
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 tsp mustard sees
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tsp sambhar masala
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


For idli:

1. Clean, wash, soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds in water for 4-5 hours.

2. Clean, wash & soak rice in water for 4-5 hours.

3. Drain, add urad dal , fenugreek seeds, some water in a wet grinder,
    make a smooth paste.

4. Pour this paste to a big bowl.

5. Now add rice to same grinder with water and make a smooth paste.

6. Add this paste to dal paste and mix well.

7. Keep this paste for fermentation overnight.

8. For preparing idli add salt to idli paste and mix well.

9. Heat the idli steamer, add some water and let the water boil.

10. Grease the idli mould with oil. now pour a spoon full of batter in
      greased idli moulds.

11. Steam idlies for 10-12 mins.

12. Wet a knife, remove each idli with the help of knife and place it in a plate.

13. Serve hot idli with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Idli Sambhar

For sambhar:

1. Clean, wash and add toovar dal to pressure cooker, add barinjal, potato,
     tomato, pumpkin, water and cook it till done.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves when they
    crackle, add onion, cook till it become golden brown.

3. Now add red chili powder, cooked dal, vegetables and mix well.

4. Next add tamarind pulp, sambhar masala, salt and water as required,

5. Let it come to a boil and cook for another 2-3 mins.

6. Serve hot sambhar with idli and coconut chutney.

Idli Sambhar


1. In sambhar you can add other vegetables of your choice like carrot,
    drum sticks etc.

2. Sugar can be added to sambhar, if you are fond of sweetness.

3. If don't have idli steamer you can use pressure cooker. keep idli stand in
    cooker and don't forget to remove whistle.

4. You can also add some soaked poha or cooked rice to idli paste while
    you are grinding rice.

5. Don't over ferment idli batter otherwise idli will become sour.

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  1. Wow,one comforting platter.. well made.

  2. all time comforting meal!! love it!!

  3. Idli looks so soft and beautiful dear

  4. Love idlis à lot!!
    They look so soft and perfectly cooked!

  5. My all time comfort breakfast...can have it for every meal!!

  6. nice spongy idlis..well made..

  7. Hi Sudha... Nicely done Sambhar. How have you been? Long time...

  8. Idly sambar looks delicious love it.

  9. Idli sambhar a must have morning breakfast ...can't live without it