February 26, 2016

Easy Tiffin Sambar

The sambar served in authentic hotels of Tirunelveli have unique taste and flavour. This sambar is the typical nellai tiffin sambar made in households here without Sambar powder. Tiffin sambar is the most loved side dish by every one. Here is the easy recipe to make tiffin sambar. Float idlis in this sambar and enjoy the taste...


See other Sambar Recipes:  Palak sambar, Nellai sambar, Kathamba sambar, Tomato tamarind less sambar, Traditional Kalyana Sambhar

Ingredients for making Tiffin sambar:

Thur dal 2 tb spoons

Moong dal 3 tb spoons

Green chillies slitted 3

Chopped tomatoes 4

Chopped onions 2

Shallots 5 or 6

Chopped carrot 1

Thin tamarind juice extracted from a half Lemon size tamarind

Coriander seed powder 3 tea spoons

Red chilli powder 1 or 2 tea spoons

Mustard seeds, a red chilli and cumin seeds for seasoning

Curry leaves and coriander leaves for garnishing

Method for making Tiffin Sambar:

In a pressure cooker or pan put the dals, tomataoes, onions, chopped carrots and chillies together. Add 4 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder. pressure cook it for 5 to 6 whistles.









When the steam is released, mash them well with a ladle. Add salt and tamarind juice. Make it to boil. Add the coriander powder and red chilli powder. let them boil for 5 minutes.










Saute it with mustard seeds and cumin seeds and do the garnishing. The yummy and mouthwatering tiffin sambar is ready now to serve...


  1. ''pressure cook it for 5 to 6 whistles''. Thats cute. this is my absolute fav dish. simple but oh so delicious

  2. Thanks.A wonderful idli hotel sambar. Liked it very much.