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 since idlis are prepared with rice. Also, proteins, fibres and vitamins are included in sambar. Sambar, in particular, is a South-India stew prepared with lentils and vegetables. It is commonly served as an idli sambar combo and with smoking hot dosas (thin rice pancakes). Tiffin sambar is a delicious congruent of different Indian herbs and spices. To make this delicacy in your kitchen, , follow the recipe below elaborating step by step instructions for making tiffin sambar. Make an idli sambar dinner with our home-style idli batter.

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 above.
  • 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.