Sambar Powder is a basic ingredient to make Sambar, a popular south Indian gravy. Sambar is a spicy tamarind based gravy cooked with vegetables and pulses.
It is served with rice, idli, dosa, vada etc.
Every family has its own recipe for sambar powder. I follow my mom’s recipe which according to me is the best:)
Whole red chillies- 500 gms
Coriander seeds – 500 gms
Chana dal ( chickpeas/ Kadalai paruppu)- 11/2 cups
Tuvar dal ( pigeon peas)- 1/2 cup
Whole black pepper- 100 gms
Fenugreek ( methi/ vendhayam)- 100gms
Whole Turmeric- 50 gms
Curry leaves- 1/2 cup
Sundry all the ingredients well.
It is important to dry the ingredients well to ensure that there is absolutely no moisture. If not, the sambar powder will not have a long shelf life.
Grind to a smooth powder. We give it in the mill to powder.