Idli Sambar Powder - Sambar Diaries!

Idli sambar is one of the best breakfast options one can ever have. It is a staple breakfast and can be made at home with the essential ingredients. Idli sambar complements each other, and one is incomplete without the other. The idli sambar is also perfect tummy-filling food for lunch or dinner. Idli sambar powder is the primary element used to make the idli sambar recipe. The homemade idli sambar is tastier and has more nutritional value than the ones prepared outside. The idli sambar powder is made with freshly ground spices. This powder can be prepared in bulk and stocked for regular use. The taste of the sambar relies heavily on the kind of sambar powder added to the dish. As such, it is essential to make and use your homemade sambar powder. Sambar powder is also known as ‘Sambar Podi’ in Tamil. The preparation of idli sambar powder requires simple ingredients. Once prepared and used, it gives the perfect flavor of the sambar when eaten with the idli. The powder can be used every time you eat idli sambar, be it in breakfast or lunch. It can also be used in leftover sambar to give it a new restaurant-style taste for dinner. The idli sambar powder can also be used on dosas or mixed and eaten with plain rice with a dollop of ghee on it.

Idli Sambar Powder Info:

Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

10 Mins

Total Time

15 Mins




Homemade Powder

Idli Sambar Powder Ingredients:

  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp 
  • Bengal gram lentil – 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red chilies – 5  
  • Cooking oil – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2-3
  • Dry grated coconut – 1 tsp

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Heat oil in a small Kadai/pan.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds in the heated oil.
  • Once the seeds start sizzling, add the Bengal gram lentils, red chilies, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds. Roast all the ingredients together in low to medium flame. Take care not to burn the ingredients.
  • You can add curry leaves for a variation to the idli sambar recipe powder during the roasting process.
  • Add dry grated coconut to the mixture.
  • Let the mixture cool down and then grind everything together to a fine powder.
  • Store the powder in a tight airbox and use it whenever needed for the idli sambar recipe.

The tasty Idli Sambar powder is now ready for use! Enjoy the aromatic deliciousness of the powder with idlis, dosas or rice.