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Sep 1, 2008

Sambar Powder

Here is a very simple recipe (my version) to prepare Sambar Powder that can be used while making sambars (I sometimes use this while making pickles too) to enhance the taste. I have learned this from my mom, who is a great cook (I guess every mom is a great cook for her kids!). I made little changes to my mom’s recipe.

  • 3 cups Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)
  • 1 cup Fenugreek Seeds (Methi, Menthulu)
  • ¼ cup desiccated Coconut (Optional)
  • 3 or 4 dry red Chilies (Optional)
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida (Inguva, Hing)


Dry roast the desiccated coconut in a hot pan and keep aside. In the same pan, add the coriander seeds + fenugreek seeds and dry roast again till the seeds start to turn light brownish. Finally add the red chilies and roast well.

Transfer the contents into a plate and put aside to cool down. When the contents are cool, grind those into a fine powder along with the hing.

Store the powder in an airtight container and use as needed while making dals or sambars. This sambar powder can be stored for a month in a cool, dry place. No need to refrigerate it.

This is my contribution for two events:

Long Live the Shelf” event being hosted by Romaspace.

Herb Mania – Fenugreek” event being hosted by Red Chillies. This event was started by Dee of Ammalu’s Kitchen.

On a different note, I want to thank dear Sireesha, who has passed me the “Good Job” award. So nice of you for thinking about me Sireesha!


Swati said... [Reply]

Thanks for sharing a lovely sambhar powder recipe Uma..

jayasree said... [Reply]

I think I can use this for dals and in dry curries too to spice them up. Thanks for sharing.

ST said... [Reply]

Sambar Powder looks.I can smell the aroma of sambar powder here.

EC said... [Reply]

Addition of coconut powder is new to me in Sambar powder...Nice color of the powder

Rosie said... [Reply]

Thank you Uma for sharing your sambhar powder - it sounds excellent!!

Rosie x

Unknown said... [Reply]

nevr treid making myslf..thanks for sharing..will try your way!!

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I love the aroma and versatility of sambar powder.

notyet100 said... [Reply]

thnks fro the recipe,,..nice enty for both the event...

Red Chillies said... [Reply]

Very nice recipe for Fenugreek, Uma. This sambhar powder is little bit different from what I know. Thanks for the great entry.

Cham said... [Reply]

Ur sambar powder is different, good entry Uma!

Meera said... [Reply]

I can almost smell the aroma of roasted coconut, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds. I will surely give a try next time.

Sangeeth said... [Reply]

i do the powder in a diff way....will be postin it soon....great entry girl!congrats on the award!

Sujatha said... [Reply]

I've never tried making sambar powder at home.. My mother-in-law makes it everytime for me.. Your recipe sounds easy and a little different than my known recipe.. Thanks for sharing, Uma!
Congrats on the award!

Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Hey thanks for sharing the sambar powder recipe...nice entry for the event and Congrats for your award :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

Great ones Uma, coconut sounds nice idea.Bookmarked!

Pavani said... [Reply]

hi i was searching for homemade sambarpowder these,now i found it,thanku

Vaishali said... [Reply]

I usually don't add coconut to my sambar powder, although I do sometimes add fresh coconut or coconut milk to the sambar itself. Thanks for this unusual recipe, Uma.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

This powder looks Simple, tasty and unique. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for sending it to the shelf.

Archy said... [Reply]

love sambar, shall try this ur version too!! nice entry Uma.. Congrats on ur award !!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Looks esy..But I have never prepared this myself..My om prepares it for me :)

anudivya said... [Reply]

Hey nice post for sambar powder. I usually buy them, thought they were a lot of work to do, but will try this sometime.

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Sujatha said... [Reply]

Happy Ganesh chathurthi!

A_and_N said... [Reply]

I guess you have revealed the secret behind every great saambaar ever made....home made sambar podi :) your looks extremely nice :)

KonkaniBlogger said... [Reply]

Thanx for sharing this owder recipe Uma..I will try it sometime..

Susitra said... [Reply]

Oh thank u . I prepared and it looks great..

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