Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sambar Powder | Home made Sambar Powder | how to make Sambar Powder at home | South Indian Sambar Powder | Sambar Podi for Sambar

home made sambar powder

I normally do not use Sambar powder for my sambar or curries. My mom just uses the chilli powder and coriander powder and I am used to it. Even I have posted the mangai murungai kathiri sambar which is prepared with out sambar powder. But my in laws use the sambar powder in curries,  sambar, etc. So I am used up with both the food. This I learnt from my MIL and she gave the recipe which could be kept for about 2 weeks to 3 weeks based on your frequency of use☺️.  Since we prepare this sambar powder in a little quantity, no need to worry about formation of bugs or wastage.

south indian sambar powder

Home made Sambar Powder

Preparation time: 15 min | Process Time: 02 min 
Total Time: 17 min | Used for: 2 weeks
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

1. Red chillies - 18
2. Toor dhal / துவரம் பருப்பு  - 3 tbsp
3. Bengal gram / கடலை பருப்பு / channa dhal - 2 tbsp
4. Black gram / உளுத்தம் பருப்பு / urid dhal  - 1.5 tbsp
5. Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
6. Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
7. Coriander seeds - 4 tbsp
8. Pepper - 1 tsp
9. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
10. Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

( 1 tbsp = 3 tsp )

sambar powder


1. Dry fry the Bengal gram, black gram, toor dhal, fenugreek, coriander together. 

2. When they are slightly brown, add the chillies, cumin and pepper. Fry until you get the chilli smell or till you get more brown colour as shown below.

3. Let it cool down and grind in mixer adding the turmeric powder, Asafoetida and grind to a fine powder.

4. Store it in air tight container.

tamil nadu sambar powder

Flavorful Sambar powder is ready


1. Always Use a clean and dry teaspoon.
2. The above measurements yields Sambar powder which can be kept for 2 to 3 weeks based on the frequency of usage. 
3. My dry chillies are very spicy. Kindly adjust to your chillies 
4. My MIL gave a tip, to add some curry leaves also while frying as some kids (even me) throw curry leaves from sambar when added separately. But this is purely optional.

13 lovely comments:


looks so flavourful.. homemade is best..

Nava K

I also take the easy way out; use store bought sambar podi or chili and turmeric powder.

Now that I see this inviting home made version, I'm jumping high up. I bet it will be most perfect when combined in sambar.


Wow.. Lovely clicks Akila...


the heart of sambar in never complete without this podi... beautiful clicks

Vysyas recipes

looks flavourful.nice clicks.


Awesome shots, dear! Love having you around & hope to see more of you :)

Gloria Fernandes

Flavorful and aromatic sambar powder.. Such a useful post.. Thanks for sharing.


love sambar but I always used the store bought powder mix .


The sambhar powder looks so vibrant in color and I am sure it must be aromatic in flavors. Bookmarked.


The sambhar powder looks so vibrant in color and I am sure it must be aromatic in flavors. Bookmarked.


Lovely clicks!!

Gita Jaishankar

Nice blog. The sambar powder looks aromatic, nothing can beat the taste of homemade powders.


you have a great collection of recipes.. thanks for stopping to my place and your sweet comment.. i have followed your place glad if you follow me back dear :)

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