Sambar is a South Indian lentil based vegetable stew mostly made as a dip for idlis and dosas. To make sambar, sambar masala powder is used. Many prefer buying ready made sambar masala from the stores but they contain lot of adulterated products and chemicals.
If sambar is your weekly must have for breakfast, you may consider making sambar powder at home. This way you will be assured of its ingredients as well as its effect on your family health.
In my home town, sambar powder is made by all in my family. The ingredients are quite simple and already available in our kitchen pantry. The taste this masala lends to sambar is delicious and makes you wanting for more. I always keep stock of them for making sambar at least once a week.
Ingredients for the masala are –
Coriander seeds – 1/2 kg
Bengal Gram (kadalai parpu) – 1/2 kg
Toor Dal(Tuvaram parpu) – 1/4 kg
Fenugreek seeds – 50 gm
Asafoetida(Hing / perungayam) – 50 gm
Red chilli powder – 200 gm
Turmeric powder – 50 gm
Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – a handfull
1. Lightly roast each of the ingredients coriander seeds, bengal gram, toor dal, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds SEPARATELY in a heavy bottomed pan for few minutes. Do not let it change color too much.
2. Allow to cool. Grind all these ingredients together or give them in a machine mill for grinding.
3. The result is a fragrant masala which adds flavor to sambar. Label this as your favorite sambar powder. For 1/2 cup of tuvar dal, add 1 tbsp of sambar powder.