Monday, September 25, 2006

Idly Sambar

It is the traditional Idly sambar in Tamilnadu.The sambar is special for only Idlies & Dosas.It is different from the usual sambar that we made for the rice.We use both thoor dal & moong dal.When my mom make this sambar I eat in tons of idlies & dosa & the Idly & Dosas are also hot.So,I am sharing this to you guys.


  • 1 cup Moong dal
  • 1/4 cup Thoor dal
  • 5 Drumsticks(11/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 Carrot (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 Medium size brinjal (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 Potato (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 Medium size tomato
  • 1 Medium size onion
  • 1 Coriander powder
  • 1/2 Chilli powder
  • 1/4 Turmeric powder
  • Salt for taste
For tempering/tadka/thalikka:

  • 2tbsp Oil
  • 1 Chopped onion(chopped)
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp Urad dal
  • 3 Curry leaves


1. In a pressure pan fry the moong dal for 6-7 mts.

2. Add the thoor dal,vegetables,chopped tomato,chopped onion,green chillies.

3. Pressure them till 2 whistle.Then,open the pan & add coriander powder,chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt & cook for 5 mts.

4. Now,in a tempering vessel pre-heat the oil & splutter the mustard seeds,urad dal,curry leaves.

5. Add the onion & fry the till gloden brown & add to the sambar.

6. Sambar is ready serve with Idly & Dosa.


Maneka Nirmal said...

deepa...ur sambar is diffrent from my idli sambar.i use only turdal and small onions in that...the use of moong dal is interesting..i 'll try this recipe with idly next time...thanks for shering...

Foodie's Hope said...

Deepa P! you are killing me!! Moong dal sambar with idly looks great, I will try it!! Thank you!!

Rashmi said...

I was looking for a recipe for Idly Sambar.Now i got now.Looks Amazing.Thanks for sharing.

Prema Sundar said...

I too use only toor dal only deepa. urs look different and this week i am planning to this ..
Me too.. when my mom makes idli and sambar I eat lots of idlis.

Rajini said...

I tried this recipe today and it is really good with idly and dosa. Added carrots,zucchini,beans and bell peppers and used only moong dal because thats all I had.It was very good. Even my husband was pleased. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

Shankari said...

looks good. I am making dosas today and was planning to make do with chutney, but u have changed my mind. First time here I think..nice blog!

Anonymous said...

Your son looks like an african american chee!

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Deepa I have heard about this sambhar, but never SIL just uses moong dal for this idly sambhar.... will try ypur version this week

mitr_bayarea said...

Deepa....First time visitor to ur blog, came here from Priya's cooking...superb timing, I have people coming over for golu tonight and the menu is idli and sambar. I will now make ur specials ambar...thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe - I tried it with Toordal and it was excellent. I ate lot of idlies over the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Deepa, i always thought tamarind was mandatory to make sambar - but this looks good as quick receipe - let me try this tomorrow and see what my husband and daughter say!!! will keep u posted. said...

Looks good!


Shishu said...

Thank you very much for the great recipe...I just tried it today and it turned out just like hotel sambhar!! very tasty...we ate lots of idlis today because of this sambhar :-).

Thanks again

(I added little bit tamarind paste to the sambhar)

Arun said...

Deepa..I always thought bachelors cannot compete the taste and perfection of a family woman in cooking. But you disproved that by giving this recipe. I tried yesterday and it is just amazing...i had more dosas than my regular numbers :)

Thank you..

I am not sure if you have posted vegetable sambar recipe which goes with rice?

- Arun

anusha said...

Thanks Deepa for providing the Moong Dhal Sambar recipe, i shall try preparing this type of sambar tonight!

Moong dhal is very good for health as when compared to Thoor dhal - moong dhal provides coolness to the body where as Thoor dhal generates heat with protein perspective.

Although both are good protein source, mooong dhal is more good to the body. A small suggestion you can use pieces of raw mango (not riped mango) in sambar along with other vegetables as mentioned by you.

Anusha Subramanian

Sindhu said...

Thanks for the recipe! It was very good.

Le @HC said...

using both the dals to make sambar is new to me. Must be very yummy with idlis and dosas.. Slurp!!

nagamalli said...

Deepa,today i tried ur sambar,it is very tasty

thanks for the receipe

Anonymous said...

Deepa, i have made sambar, but this one seems different. I am going to try today for breakfast. thanks. My name is nisha

Revs said...

This is amazing!!
I have made 3 times for idlis.
It has become our regular dish now.
Thanks. Keep posting more like this.


Anonymous said...

very Good blogThank you!

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