December 22, 2014

Authentic Sambar Powder Recipe

Sambar is the signature recipe of Tamilnadu and the making of sambar becomes very easy if you have this Sambar Powder with you. The sambar tastes very delicious because of the perfect blend of the spices in the right proportion. This is the recipe of the traditional brahmin sambar powder followed in my family over generations....

Also see the recipe of:  Traditional Rasam Powder, Perfect Idli Milagai Podi, Dry chutney Powder

Ingredients for making Sambar Powder:

Coriander Seeds 1 cup

Thur dal 1 cup

Chana dal 1/2 cup

Red chillies 3 cups (Remove the Stem)

Urad dal  1/4 cup

Fenugreek 1/8 cup

Pepper 2 tea spoons

Turmeric pieces 

Method for making Sambar Powder:

1. Heat a pan and dry roast the thur dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, pepper and red chillies separately  till they become hot. No need to fry till they change the colour.


2. Dry roast urad dal and fenugreek separately till they change to brown colour.


3. Allow them all to cool down well.


4. Add the turmeric pieces and grind to very fine powder and store in air tight box.


5. If you are making in large quantity keep a small portion in the shelf and store the rest in refrigerator to retain the fresh aroma.


6. Use  3 tea spoons of this sambar powder for making sambar for 3 persons with a small lemon size tamarind. Since we saute sambar with green chillies and a red chilli adjust the powder quantity accordingly.



  1. Is it long chilly or round? Also is it okay if it is coarsely ground in a mixie.

    1. For sambar powder long chillies are good. Round one is good for seasoning. The powder should be fine and smooth. Use a sieve and get the fine powder after powdering in a mixie. take the granules after sieving and store separately. When making samar soak them in water for 30 minutes, grind to paste and make sambar.

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