Tiffin Sambar – How to Make Tiffin Sambar?

Idli sambar is one of the staple items of the South-Indian cuisine. It is a common go-to breakfast of any Indian household. It is delicious and packed with basic nutritional resources. . Idli sambar is a great source of carbohydrates, proteins, fibers and vitamins.

Tiffin Sambar Info

Prep Time

10-15 Mins

Cook Time

30 Mins

Total Time

40-45 Mins




Main Course

Tiffin Sambar Ingredients:

Sambar Powder Ingredients:
  • Urad Dal, i.e. Black Grams (1/4 tablespoon)
  • Coriander Seeds (1/4 tablespoon)
  • Channa Dal, i.e. Bengal Grams or Chickpeas (1/4 tablespoon)
  • Dried Red Chillies (2-3 chillies)
  • Curry Leaves (2-3 leaves)
  • Heeng, i.e. Asafoetida (1/10 tablespoon)
  • Jeera, i.e. Cumin Seeds (1/4 tablespoon)
  • Coconut Oil (1/2 tablespoon)
Sambar Stew Ingredients:
    • Potatoes cut up in cubes (1/4)
    • Tomatoes chopped (1/4)
    • Shallot cut in halves (1)
    • Drumsticks (1 and 1/4)
    • Brinjal cut up in pieces of cube (1/5)
    • Beans chopped (1 and 1/4)
    • Chilli cut in slits (1/2)
    • Carrots chopped (1/5)
    • Coriander finely chopped (1/2 tablespoon)
    • Turmeric (1/10 tablespoon)
    • Salt (1/4 tablespoon)
    • Mustard (1/4 tablespoon)
    • Fenugreek (1/10 tablespoon)
    • Tamarind Extract (1/5 cup)
    • Jaggery (1/6 tablespoon)
    • Toor Dal, i.e. Pigeon Peas boiled (1/4 cup)
    • Water (1/4 cup)
    • Sunflower Oil (1/2 tablespoon)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • In a pan or wok, heat up 1/4 th tablespoon of sunflower oil and add some sambar
    powder. For making the sambar powder, the ingredients needed are mentioned
  • In the oil and sambar powder, add cut up shallots and chillies. Sauté till the colour of
    the shallots in the vessel turn golden-brown.
  • After the colour of the shallots develop, add sliced tomatoes and cook for a minute
    or two.
  • After the tomatoes are cooked well, add all the remaining veggies and sauté
    everything for two minutes.
  • Start adding your herbs like turmeric, salt and jaggery to the mixture.
  • Add tamarind extract and allow the contents to cook for nearly ten minutes. Do not
    forget to close the pan.
  • After cooking for ten minutes, add boiled toor dal and water.
  • Add 1.5 teaspoons of sambar powder to the stew and boil the mixture well.
  • Add curry leaves to finish and let it cook for two more minutes.

It is simple to make, scrumptious, and has rich nutritional value!
Sambar works well with different delicacies. It serves as a savoury with idlis, rava idlis, medu
vadas, dosas etc. Easily make an idli sambar dinner with our ready-made idli batter. It also
pairs up well with steamed rice since it is a lentils-based soup.