sambar powder recipe, how to make homemade sambar powder

sambar powder recipe

sambar powder recipe with step by step photos – homemade sambar powder recipe.

many readers had requested for sambar powder recipe. the post was in the drafts from quite some time and due to navratri i did not add the recipe.

so finally adding the method and recipe for making sambar powder at home. the recipe is from my mom and gives a really good sambar masala.

before making any homemade powder or spice mix, please follow some suggestions mentioned below:

  • use spices which are fresh and in their shelf period.
  • pick, clean the spices of stones etc. especially for spices like coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds.
  • make sure that the dry red chilies do not have mold from inside. just break them and check if there is any whitish or greyish mold inside. they should feel crisp on touch and not moist.
  • do check for small insects which do appear in spices like coriander seeds. also the coriander seeds should feel and look fresh and crisp. if they appear to have mould or are not aromatic, then throw them away.

this recipe yields about 200 grams of sambar powder. i make this recipe and use it for 3 to 4 months, since i do not make sambar everyday. i make it once or twice a week. so this small amount suffices, if you make sambar once a week or occasionally.

sambar powder recipe card below:

  1. heat a pan and then add ½ cup coriander seeds and 2 tbsp cumin seeds.
  2. on a low flame, stir and roast the coriander and cumin, till they become fragrant and change color. it just takes 1 to 2 minutes in a low flame to roast these. they should smell aromatic.
  3. then remove from the pan and add to a large plate or tray.
  4. wipe the pan with a cotton napkin and add 16 to 18 dry red chilies. remove the crown from the red chilies, before roasting them.
  5. roast the red chilies, stirring them till they change color and you can get their pungent smoky aroma. place the roasted red chilies in the same plate.
  6. now add 1.5 tsp methi seeds. stir often and roast them. roast till they get browned. remove in the same plate.
  7. add 1 tbsp black pepper (kalimirch). stir often and roast. the black peppers will get aromatic and this is the time you remove them from the pan. add roasted black peppers to the same plate, where all the spices are kept.
  8. now add 2 tbsp chana dal to the same pan. keep on stirring at intervals, while roasting the chana dal. chana dal takes longer to cook than the spices. the dal should get browned or golden. for uniform cooking and color, keep on stirring them. remove aside in the same plate.
  9. now add 1 tbsp urad dal to the pan. keep on stirring these lentils too while roasting them. roast till they become golden and you a get a nice waft of the roasted urad dal. remove them in the same plate.
  10. now add ⅓ cup curry leaves (fresh or dried). roast the curry leaves till the leaves become crisp. keep aside.
  11. now add ½ tbsp mustard seeds (rai). when all the mustard seeds finish popping, then remove them and keep aside.
  12. switch off the flame now and add ½ tbsp hing in the pan. quickly stir as soon as you add hing.
  13. just the color needs to change of the hing and you should get its aroma. remove and keep aside.
  14. now let all the roasted spices cool down and come at room temperature.
  15. in your grinder jar, add the spices. also add ½ tbsp turmeric/haldi. i ground in two batches. depending on the size, you can grind in 2 to 3 batches or in one go.
  16. grind to a fine powder.
  17. remove on a plate. if grinding in batches, remove the ground masala on a plate and mix very well. due to grinding the sambar powder will become warm.
  18. once the masala cools at room temperature, then spoon it carefully in a jar.
  19. do tap and shake the jar, so that the sambar masala settles down while filling the jar.
  20. close tightly with a lid and keep at room temperature.
  21. add sambar masala powder to the sambar recipes whenever making them.


step by step homemade sambar powder recipe:

1. heat a pan and then add ½ cup coriander seeds and 2 tbsp cumin seeds.



cumin for sambar powder recipe


2. on a low flame, stir and roast the coriander and cumin, till they become fragrant and change color.



coriander for sambar powder recipe


3. it just takes 1 to 2 minutes in a low flame to roast these. they should smell aromatic.



making sambar powder recipe


4. then remove from the pan and add to a large plate or tray.



preparing sambar powder recipe


5. wipe the pan with a cotton napkin and add 16 to 18 dry red chilies. remove the crown from the red chilies, before roasting them.



chilies for sambar powder recipe


6. roast the red chilies, stirring them till they change color and you can get their pungent smoky aroma. place the roasted red chilies in the same plate.



chilies for sambar powder recipe


7. now add 1.5 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds). stir often and roast them.



methi seeds for sambar powder recipe


8. roast till they get browned. don’t burn them.



methi seeds for sambar powder recipe


9. remove in the same plate.



making sambar powder recipe


10. add 1 tbsp black pepper (kalimirch).



black pepper for sambar powder recipe


11. stir often and roast.



black pepper for sambar powder recipe


12. the black peppers will get aromatic and this is the time you remove them from the pan. add roasted black peppers to the same plate, where all the spices are kept.



making sambar powder recipe


13. now add 2 tbsp chana dal to the same pan.


chana dal for sambar powder



14. keep on stirring at intervals, while roasting the chana dal. chana dal takes longer to cook than the spices. the chana dal should get browned or golden. for uniform cooking and color, keep on stirring them. remove aside in the same plate.


chana dal for sambar powder



17. now add 1 tbsp urad dal to the pan.



urad dal for sambar powder recipe


18. keep on stirring these lentils too while roasting them. roast till they become golden and you a get a nice aroma of the roasted urad dal. remove them in the same plate.



urad dal for sambar powder recipe


19. now add ⅓ cup curry leaves.



curry leaves for sambar powder recipe


20. roast the curry leaves till the leaves become crisp. keep aside.



curry leaves for sambar powder recipe


21. now add ½ tbsp mustard seeds (rai).



rai for sambar powder recipe


22. when all the mustard seeds finish popping, then remove them and keep aside.



rai for sambar powder recipe


23. switch off the flame now and add ½ tbsp hing in the pan.



hing for sambar powder recipe


24. quickly stir as soon as you add hing.



hing for sambar powder recipe


25. just the color needs to change of the hing and you should get its aroma. remove and keep aside.



hing for sambar powder recipe


26. now let all the roasted spices cool down and come at room temperature.


roasted spiced for sambar masala powder

27. in your grinder jar, add the spices. also add ½ tbsp turmeric/haldi. i ground in two batches. depending on the size, you can grind in 2 to 3 batches or in one go. i have used turmeric powder and not turmeric root, as turmeric root is difficult to grind in my mixer-grinder. but you can use 2 inches dried turmeric root. just crush the turmeric root to small bits, in a mortar-pestle before adding in the grinder jar.



adding turmeric


28. grind to a fine powder.



haldi for sambar powder recipe


29. remove on a plate. if grinding in batches, remove the ground masala on a plate and mix very well. due to grinding the sambar powder will become warm.



making sambar powder recipe


30. as soon as the masala comes at room temperature, then spoon it carefully in a jar. if the masala does not become hot or warm while grinding, then directly you can store the masala in the jar.



sambar powder recipe, homemade sambar powder recipe


31. do tap and shake the jar, so that the sambar masala settles down while filling the jar.



sambar powder recipe, homemade sambar powder recipe


32. close tightly with a lid and keep at room temperature.



sambar powder recipe, homemade sambar powder recipe


33. add sambar masala powder to sambar recipes whenever you make them. for a serving of 4, you can add about 2 to 3 teaspoons of this sambar masala powder in the any sambar recipe.



homemade sambar powder



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