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Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Tiffin / Idli Sambar/ Restaurant Style  Sambar Recipe

Here usually make different varieties of sambar. A normal sambar for rice, ulli sambar, vendakkya (okra / bhindi) sambar,  coconut – onion roasted palakkad style sambar, raw mango sambar and the list goes on.

In all this sambar varieties one of my very own favorite is tiffin sambar. This is the one which is serve with Idli  and  dosa

Lets see step by step pictorial recipe of Idli sambar / tiffin sambar.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

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½ cup Lentil (Toor Dal / moong Dal)

1 onion

1 big tomatoes 

1/2 cup pumpkin

1 big drumstick (Shevgyacha shenga)

1 lemon size tamarind (chinch/imli)

1 tsp chilli powder

1tsp coriander powder (dahaniya pow)

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp sambar powder

Few coriander leaves (to garnish)

1 tsp mustard seeds

2-3  pearl onion /shallot (barik kanda)

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

Few curry leaves

1-2 dry red chillies

Coconut oil


First of all Soaked lentils in water 10-15 min.

Pressure cooked dal with onion, tomatoes 3 cups of water for 2 whistles.  then add veggies and give 1 whistle

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Soaked Tamarind in water 10-15 min or until soft.

Cut Veggies

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Cut Tempering ( Tadka ) ingredients

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In a kadai heat coconut oil , crackled mustered seed-fenugreek seed , dry red chili, curry leaves shallots (small onions ) till transparent.

Add chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder  in plate add water and make paste and add  in above temper. Stir well.

Add tamarind paste  and mix.

Allow it to boil and simmer the flame to medium. Add cooked dal and veggies

Cook Tiffin sambar  for about 3-5 mins in medium flame.

Now add the sambar powder to it.

homemade sambar powder

Mix well and keep for 2 minutes in medium flame. 

Once the gravy consistency is reached switch off the stove. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Restaurant style sambar

Restaurant style idli sambar is ready to Serve

Serve hot with soft and spongy idli and dosa ,Neer dosa


  • You can use  Toor , moong, split masur dal (lentils) for sambar.
  • You can add any Vegetable okra, beans, pumpkin, drumstick, which is available in your kitchen.
  • Sambar Consistency ( thick or watery) depend upon your choice. 



Hope you all like it. Do share your feedback and suggestions .. Will wait for your words ..

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