Kerala Idli Sambar - Sambar Diaries

Kerala Idli Sambar is one of the most popular idli sambar recipes which is enjoyed in almost every part of the country. This is one of the most delicious dal and is prepared by a combination of different types of dal and vegetables. And the best part about this idli sambar recipe is that you can eat it with rice, roti, paratha, dosa or even idli. This idli sambar recipe makes a perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner item. Kerala Idli Sambar is quite easy to prepare, and the ingredients of this idli sambar recipe are readily available at home and can be made within some hours easily. This is a perfect Idli sambar recipe for someone who is just a novice in cooking.

Kerala Idli Sambar Info:

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time

45 Mins

Total Time

1 Hour 5 Mins




Main course

Kerala Idli Sambar Ingredients (1 Serving):

For Kerala Sambar:

  • 1 Cup Arhar Dal
  • 1 Small Onion thin sliced
  • 1 to 2 Pinch Hing
  • 8 to 10 Lady Finger
  • 5 to 7 Brinjals
  • 2 small-sized tomatoes
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • Turmeric Powder (As per the taste)
  • 1/2 cup tamarind Pulp (Soak tamarind pulp in a hot cup of water. After 1-2 hours, apply
    pressure so that the tamarind juice comes out of that pulp)
  • 2 tbsp of jaggery powder
  • 2.5 – 3 cups of water
  • Salt to taste

For Kerala Sambar Temper:

  • 2 tablespoon of regular cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad seeds
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies

Step-by-Step Instructions:

To make Kerala Idli Sambar:

  • Pressure cook the arhar dal till it is soft and completely cooked.
  • Heat oil and add hing and curry leaves. Let both of them splatter.
  • Add onion, ladyfinger, brinjal, and tomatoes (In the same order as mentioned).
  • Let all of them fry.
  • Add turmeric and salt, cover and let them fry.
  • Add the sambar masala powder. Keep frying till the raw smell of masala goes away.
  • Add tamarind pulp and jaggery powder. Let it cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Finally, add the pressure cook dal.
  • Cover and let it cook for a good 8-10 minutes.
  • You can adjust the water as per the sambar consistency you desire.

To Temper the Kerala Idli Sambar:

  • Heat oil in a tempering pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, urad dal, hing, and curry leaves.
  • Let all of them splatter for a few seconds.
  • Transfer the temper into the Kerala sambar idli pan and let the aromas dissolve for a good
    5-7 minutes.
  • Your tasty Kerala Idli Sambar is ready. This is one of the easiest and different idli sambar recipes
    where you can enjoy the authenticity of Kerala Idli Sambar.

Your Kerala style Idli Sambar is all ready to be devoured with some soft, fluffy idlis. Good luck stopping your self from making more!