Idli Sambar Recipe | Instant Sambar for Idli

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Idli Sambar Recipe
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This Idli Sambar recipe / Instant Sambar for idli is a perfect and heavenly combo with hot steaming idli’s. I have already shared shared a hotel style tiffin sambar, which is little bit lengthy that calls for roasting and grinding. But this sambar is really an instant version which can be prepared under 25 mins. This is a signature recipe of my mom, she usually prepare this sambar for our guests along with idli, medu vada, kichadi or ven pongal. Addition of bengal gram is a twist to the recipe which adds more taste and I suggest to use homemade sambar powder than ready made ones. Ok lets go the recipe.

Instant Sambar for Idli

Instant Sambar for Idli

Checkout youtube video below with step wise instructions

Idli Sambar Recipe | Instant Sambar for Idli

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Category: Breakfast / Tiffin
Preparation + Cooking Time : 25 Mins | Serves : 2 to 3

  • Toor Dal – 1/2 Cup
  • Bengal Gram / Channa Dal – 1/4 Cup
  • Small Onion / Shallots – 10
  • Green Chilli – 4
  • Tomato – 4
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Sambar Powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – As Required
  • Jaggery / Sugar – 2 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves – For Garnishing
To Temper
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Hing – 2 Generous Pinch
  • Curry Leaves – 2 Sprig
  • Oil / Ghee – 1 Tblsp

1. Peel the skin of shallots. Chop shallots, tomatoes and slit green chilli. Keep by side.
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2. Rinse toor dal and bengal gram well. Pressure cook both the dals, with 1.5 cup of water and a pinch of turmeric powder for 4 to 5 whistles.
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3. In a pan, pour 1/2 tblsp of oil add shallots and saute till transparent. Then add green chilli and tomatoes. Saute again and cover it with a lid, till the tomatoes turns mushy and leaves all the water.
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4. Now pour dal water, once it starts to boil add turmeric powder, sambar powder and required salt. Mix well and boil for 4 to 5 minutes.
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5. Mash the dal well and add it to the boiling dal water. Boil for another 3 to 4 minutes and switch off.
Instant Sambar for Idli Steps56. In a small pan pour 1/2 tblsp of oil / ghee and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add urad dal, methi seeds, jeera, red chilli and curry leaves.
Instant Sambar for Idli Steps67. Add the tempered ingredients to the hot sambar. Finally add jaggery / sugar and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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Serve this instant sambar with hot idli.


Instant Sambar for Idli

Instant Sambar for Idli


1. Bengal gram can be replaced with moong dal / masoor dal.
2. This sambar cannot be prepared with toor dal alone, as it doesn’t taste like idli sambar. The whole taste depends on the addition of bengal gram.
3. Adjust green chilli as per spiciness required. If you want it more on the spicier side increase green chilli.
4. Use green chilli only, which adds more taste for this instant sambar for idli.
5. Shallots can be replaced with regular onions, but shallots lends more taste.
6. Use the mentioned number of tomatoes, as we don’t use tamarind in this recipe. Also the tanginess in the tomatoes is enough.
7. This sambar taste good with shallots alone. But veggies like carrot, brinjal, drumstick, potato etc can be used.
8. This idli sambar recipe should be in the watery consistency only, not too thick.
9. Tempering at last, helps to retain the flavour for a long time.
10. Use ghee for tempering which adds excellent aroma to this sambar.
11. Also add hing and curry leaves generously while tempering.
12. Addition of jaggery / sugar is a must, as it gives a restaurant touch to the sambar.

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Comments (5)

  1. posted by Anlet prince - Annslittlecorner on April 27, 2017

    This is truely a simplest samvar

  2. posted by A.L.V..Krishnan on April 28, 2017


    • posted by Priya Santhamohan on April 28, 2017

      Thank you.

  3. posted by Deepa - Vegindiancooking on April 28, 2017

    Hello Priya,
    Very much loved this delicious sambar recipe. Your website is very beautiful, All the images added are in this webpage is very neat, systematic and very beautiful . Big thumbs up for this delicious share. 😘👌👍

  4. posted by Sohana on June 9, 2017

    this recipe is so yummy.given tips are useful for preparing sambar


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