Idli Sambar - The Perfect Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, before rushing off to fulfil your responsibilities, take some time in the morning to treat your body to a nutritious and equally scrumptious breakfast of Idli Sambar. Idli Sambar keeps you full for a longer time, preventing you from overeating or binging on junk food later during the day. It is the perfect way to get your daily vegetable requirements, while also being very easy to digest. The cons? You might spend the majority of your day thinking about the perfect idli sambar you had for breakfast. No complaints here! Read on to find the recipe for making this tasty, healthy, low-calorie dish.

Idli Sambar Info

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

30 Mins

Total Time

40 Mins




Main Course

Idli Sambar Ingredients (1 serving):

Sambar Powder:
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Chana Dal
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Urad Dal
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Cumin/ Jeera
  • 2-3 Curry Leaves
  • 2-3 Dried Red Chilli
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1/10 Tablespoon Hing/ Asafoetida
    • 1 Shallot [halved]
    • 1/2 Chilli [slit]
    • 1/4 Tomato [chopped]
    • 1/5 Carrot [chopped]
    • 1/4 Potato [cubed]
    • 1.25 Beans [chopped]
    • 1.25 Pieces Drumstick
    • 1/5 Brinjal [cubed]
    • 1/10 Tablespoon Turmeric
    • 1/6 Tablespoon Jaggery
    • 1/4 Tablespoon Salt
    • 1/4 Cup Water
    • 1/5 Cup Tamarind Extract
    • 1/4 Cup Toor Dal [boiled]
    • 1/2 Tablespoon Coriander [finely chopped]
    • 1/2 Tablespoon Sunflower Oil
    • 1/4 Tablespoon Mustard
    • 1/10 Tablespoon Fenugreek

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • First, heat 1/4 tablespoon of sunflower oil in a large pan and splutter some of your sambar powder.
  • Add your shallots and chilli and sauté till the colour develops.
  • Now add your chopped tomatoes and cook.
  • Add your remaining vegetables and sauté well for 2 minutes.
  • Add your turmeric, salt, jaggery, and water to this mixture and mix well. Cover and allow this to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Now add your tamarind extract, mix well, and allow it to cook for 10 more minutes in the closed pan.
  • Add toor dal and water.
  • Further, add 1.5 tablespoons of sambar powder and boil well.
  • When the flavour gushes out of the pan, add your curry leaves and cook for 2 minutes.

And there you go! Your idli sambar is ready for you to savour. Eat while hot and set the mood right for the rest of your day.