Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Idly sambar

Hello all.....Blogging after a real long time.Right from the time i wanted to blog every day i could hardly sit with my laptop.Was very busy enjoying.Any ways back to blogging.I learnt quite a few items these which was very interesting.Will share all the items i learnt & made in future & all the tips i got.

Idly sambar is one favorite dish served in many south Indian restaurants.Saravana bhavan idly sambar is so famous i always wanted to
make sambar like that for idly.Here it is sambar that has Saravana bhavan sambar taste.Simnce i dont have small idly mold with me i made regular idlies.

This is how i made the sambar

Toor dhal (cooked) 1cup
Pearl onions 1 cup
Tomato 1

onion 1
Tamarind juice 1 cup (diluted)
mustard seeds 1/4tsp
Channa dhal 2tsp
Coriander seeds(dhaniya) 4 tsp
Red chilli 10
Pottu kadalai 1 tsp

Oil 3tsp
curry leaves & coriander leaves few
Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Jaggery 1tsp

In a kadai add oil.Add channa dhal,coriander seeds & 8 red chillies.Roast them till little brown.Keep aside.Now add oil in the same kadai & add onions.saute a while & add half of a tomato & saute till tomato is soft.Allow it to cool & grind them all together to a fine paste along with pottu kadalai.Now in
a kadai add oil.Splutter mustard seeds.When it pops add pearl onions & curry leaves.Now add red chillies and then the tamarind juice.Now add remaining tomato, turmeric powder & salt.Add the ground paste.Allow this mixture to boil till the raw smell of tamarind goes.Now add the cooked & mashed toor dhal to this & allow it to boil a little more.Now add jaggery & chopped coriander leaves & serve hot with idlies.

When serving with idlies first layer with idlies then pour some sambar on top.Add chopped onions & pour 1 tsp ghee on top.Garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. Sambar looks yum and spicy..I also add jaggeri in the sambar...welcome back Vidya..

  2. Hi Vidya. Welcome back dear! Yummy sambar, i'm getting hungry now. Do check my blog for FIL event and a visual treat to Malaysia!

  3. Am a great idly sambhar fan....am hungry now!

  4. I tried it out and It came out SO well... Thanks Vidya

  5. Hi Vidhya, u said Onion-1 and PearlOnions - 1 cup
    i can't get it..should i grind the pearl onions? It would be good if we get whole pearl onion in the sambhar rite??pls clear my confusion :) It looks yummy.. this s what i want :)