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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Homemade Sambar Powder (Step by Step Pics)

Homemade spice powders are always pure, fresh and fragrant.I try making most of them at home.However, I had never tried making sambar powder at home, as I used to use the Brahmin's sambar powder packets very much.The Brahmin's sambar powder has a yellowish hue as it uses turmeric powder.But now, I hardly find this packet in our Indian stores here and that's the time I gave a thought to recreate this at home.I wasn't sure of the outcome so used this homemade sambar powder a couple of times now and all loved the sambar very much.I have measured the spices in a flour cup that measures 125 gms.You can use your own measure of cups.Though it takes sometime, but you can enjoy sambar guilt free.Try this at home and enjoy !!

Traditional Sambar

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~ 250 g approx. sambar powder
coriander seeds/malli 2 cup /150 gms
red dry chilly(I used spicy chilly) 50 gms
kashmiri dry chilly OR  beydagi chilly 50 gms
chana dal  25 gm(1/4 cup)
*turmeric powder/manjal podi  2tbsp
fenugreek seeds/uluva 1tbsp /12gm
black pepper corn/kurumulakku 1tbsp/12 gm
asafoetida/kayam powder/hing  1tsp

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  • Dry roast coriander seeds, red dry chilly, fenugreek seeds, pepper and chana dal on low flame for 3-4 minutes and keep aside.

  • Wait to cool down completely and then powder it in the blender until ground.
  • Sieve the mixture to get smooth powder.Repeat the process of blending if you have left overs.
  • Add the asafoetida and turmeric powder to this smooth powder,mix well.
  • Cool completely and then store in sir tight containers.

* You can use a mix of toor dal, chana dal and urad dal.
* The ratio of coriander seeds to red dry chilly 1:2 if using only hot chillies, but if you are using a mix of both chillies then use the same ratio in ingredients.
* You can make large batches and store in freezer in ziploc bags.The daily use batch should be small in separate bottles so that it doesn't lose its fragrance.
* You can add whole dried manjal/dried turmeric intsead of turmeric powder.I used turmeric powder, as I had my mom's homemade batch of turmeric powder prepared at home using whole turmeric.

Varutharacha Sambar made by using homemade sambar powder, I used just 1.5 tbsp of sambar powder to make sambar that serves four.No extra spices needed.Very simple, right ??


Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

this is awesome, looks perfect

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I too seldom finds Brahmins sambar powder in our Indian stores..... Beautiful pics and useful post..... :)

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

very flavor podi.. yum!

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

useful post

Magees kitchenworld said... Best Blogger Tips

flavorful podi.

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Good post. Thank u for sharing

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice useful post Julie..

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Home made is the best,nice post

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice post Julie!

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

I too love making sambar powder at home.But mom makes it for me,lucky me.When its over i have to think about making at home.

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

I always wanted to make my own, but never tried it. Thanks for sharing, I will try it.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the pics dear..homemade is the best..useful post...thanks for sharing .

Resh said... Best Blogger Tips

Great one!! I will definitely try this out and nice shots too ;)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

I also love brahmins sambar powder, and don't find it often. So I too grind fresh at home.. Lovely clicks..

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice recipe Julie..Sambar powder looks aromatic n colorful!

Mira said... Best Blogger Tips

the pictures are so tempting. I can feel the aroma of the freshly ground powder, Julie :-)

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome. i wanted a change from my regular powder so this one it is,

neeraja said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your recipe. Can you please clarify whether turmeric powder measurement is 2 tbsp or is it a typo error?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry, Neeraja about the delay to get back.. 2 tbsp is correct measure of turmeric powder as it's a Brahmin style sambar powder. The yellow hue is more in this type of sambar.But you can always alter the turmeric powder if you wish for a lighter color.Thanks !

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing