Hotel Sambar Recipe - How to make Hotel Sambar

Hotel Sambar Recipe

I saw this hotel sambar recipe in my favorite tv show long back and totally forgot about it.Few weeks back, when I was looking for different sambar recipes for making sambar idli and sambar vadai,I remembered this one and tried it.The color and flavour of this sambar is so good,it was a great combo with piping hot idlis.I made this sambar few weeks back but the taste still  lingers.This sambar is great as tiffin sambar guess it will go well with rice too.

Sambar Idli Recipe 

Hotel Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian 

Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 1 big sized roughly chopped
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Small Onion - 13 to 15
Green Chilli - 1 slitted
Tamarind - a small lemon sized ball
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Coriander Leaves(finely chopped) - to garnish
Oil - 1 tsp
Water - as required
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 3 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Sambar Powder - 1 heaped tsp


  1. Take both the dals rinse it well then 2 cups of water along with turmeric powder and pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles or until mushy.Get ready with other ingredients.How to make hotel sambar - Step1
  2. Add hot water to tamarind,soak it for few mins then extract tamraind pulp,Set aside.Once pressure releases and mash it well with a laddle.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step2
  3. Now add onion,tomato,curry leavs and green  chilli to cooked dal and heat it up.Add about 1/2 cup water.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step3
  4. Let it cook in low flame,cook covered for atleast 15mins.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step4
  5. Then open,add tamraind extract and red chilli powder.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step5
  6. Let it boil in low flame until raw smell of tmarind leaves.Meanwhile prepare the tadka - heat oil in a kadai - add mustard seeds,let it crackle.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step6
  7. Then add sambar powder,once it bubbles up switch off.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step6
  8. Immediately add it to boiling sambar.Add little water if its too thick.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step6
  9. Let the sambar boil for 5-7mins, then garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make hotel sambar - Step6
Serve with hot idlis.
Hotel Sambar Recipe

Hot soft idlis dunked in hot sambar...Anyone?! :)
Sambar Idli Recipe

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Sambar Idli Recipe

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