Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe - Sambar Podi Recipe - Kerala Style

Bringing the fresh homemade sambar powder straight from my amma /MIL kitchen. This is a long due recipe for me... I actually got a lot of recipe requests for this and do you remember I had mentioned in my earlier sambar post, that I will be sharing the sambar powder’s recipe.


This post has been lying in my drafts for long time now with all the writing and no pics...Though I had sambar powder in my counter top and often used,  somehow something kept me away taking the pics and posting it here. Better late than never, right? :) Finally here it is...

The spices used gives sambar its uniqueness. Yes, each household has their own unique sambar powder recipe. Mine is from my MIL, which she learned from her mom. My MIL makes these fresh homemade spice powders in India and would send it to me or when ever I go to India. I bring a good amount of all spice powder and save them  in ziplocks in the freezer, so the aroma stays. Just as I have written and measurements came along.  


Back home in India, normally these powders are grounded in  huge grinding mills. so is easy to make these powders; But is not possible for those who reside in US, though I am not sure about the other countries. Alternative way is to make them with coffee grinding machine. It could get laborious but fresh aroma of the homemade sambar powder are worth the effort.

So Suchithra, Uthra, Sangeethaa, Aparna, and to all who have requested this recipe while ago...here comes my version of sambar podi/powder. Hope all of you will like this version… Enjoy! Do give it try and don't forget to pour your thoughts :)

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe - Kerala Style Sambar Podi  Recipe  - South Indian Curry Powder Recipe
Preparation Time : 4 hrs
Cooking Time : 15 minutes
Makes : 1 1/2 kg (approx)

Ingredients :
Coriander Seeds : 500 grms /1.1 lb/2 cups
Whole Dried Red Chillies : 1 kg /2.2 lb /4 cups  or depending on spice level.
Thoor Dal /Split Yellow Lentils : 200 grms /3/4 cup
Channa Dal /Gram Dal/Split Chickpeas : 50 grms /1/4 cup (Adding gram dal will make the sambar gravy thicker. So adjust quantity more or less  is according to your choice.)
Turmeric Powder : 2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds /Uluva : 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds /Jeera : 2 tsp
Black Pepper Corns : 1 tbsp
Asafetida  /Hing /Kayam : 1 small piece or 1/2 tsp powder
Curry Leaves : 1/2 cup
Oil : 1/2 tsp


How to Prepare Sambar Powder  - Sambar Podi:

1. Clean every thing and spread on a plate and keep it in hot sun for 4 to 6 hours.
2. In a pan /kadai (preferably iron wok), dry roast thoor dal, channa dal, on a low heat for 5 minutes till the dals release their flavor and turn golden. Remove and set it aside.
3. Add the fenugreek seeds /methi and roast for couple of minutes till they turn red. Remove and keep aside.
4. Add coriander seeds and roast for 4-5 mts till they turn dark brown and release their flavor. Remove and keep aside. 
5. Add cumin seeds, pepper corns, asafoetida and curry leaves, roast for 2-3 mts. Remove and keep aside.
6. Finally add 1/2 tsp of oil and saute the red chillies on a low flame, so that each of it gets coated with a polish of oil. Saute just for 20 to 25 sec. Remove and set aside.
7. Cool all the ingredients completely. Mix all the roasted ingredients together with turmeric powder and grind it in the flour mill. (Or) grind finely in the coffee grinder or mixer in batches to fine powder.
8. Spread them on a paper to cool before you store. Store it in a dry, air tight container.

Notes : 
  • These sambar powder stays 6 month,  if they are properly stored outside on countertop and upto a year when kept in freezer.
  • For daily use, use a small container with spoon.
  • Grinding in the coffee mixer or mixer will be coarse in texture,when compared to powder grounded in flour mill .



32 comments:

  1. Delicious and flavorful podi..

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  2. Dear Sangeetha, Your sambar podi is really superb. Eagerly waiting for it and today i got it. All your recipes are really superb. Everyday im noting down 1recipes and the next day, I'm cooking it. i made your chicken dum biryani and it came out really excellent. No words to say. Your blog is really helpful to me and in my kitchen. I'm getting ready for onam festival by noting down your recipes. Thank you once again with all my wishes to you.Great and keep going. suchithra

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  3. Wow home made is the best,flavorful podi

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  4. Hi Suchithra,

    Your welcome dear :) Do try and let me know the outcome!
    Thanks a lot for writing those precious words :) Words like this makes me really wonderful to know there are people who value this blog and try recipe & appreciate it...Means a lot to me :) I sincerely thank you for your support!

    Cheers!
    Sangeetha

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  5. Lovely, will try it

    http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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  6. Beautiful clicks... just could not take my eyes off it

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  7. homemade is always better. nice one

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  8. Anonymous2:22 PM

    i was thinking to ask you about this recipe again. i had asked for it in your sambar post.. thank you so much, i wanted a non coconut sambar powder version from you.. love ur blog and all ur recipes.

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  9. @ Anonymous, Thanks for kind words.Do try this and let me know the your valuable feedback. Btw, this above recipe is non coconut sambar powder version, Are you requesting for coconut sambar podi verison?

    Happy Cooking!
    Sangeetha

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  10. Thanks All for the lovely comments:-) Really appreciate it.

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  11. Anonymous11:35 PM

    no i wanted non coconut one only.. was waiting 4 it.. i have already tried the coconut version from here :) which is what i follow usually:)

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  12. hi. m a fan of ur recipes. tanx 4 the sambar powder recipe i was looking 4 it a long time ago. only thing m concerned is abt the measurement tis cup measure of 250mlcups or with anything we can do. then wat all items we have to keep under the sun. then can u post a malabari biryani with fried chicken. m frm bglore only one hotel serves tat bt they dont let their secrets go.

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  13. Anonymous7:49 PM

    HI. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH ITEMS I SHOULD KEEP UNDER SUN. THIS RECIPE WAS GOOD.

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  14. @ Anonymous, This is non coconut sambar powder version ...http://www.kothiyavunu.com/2012/08/homemade-sambar-powder-sambar-podi.html. Pls try and let me know :)

    Thank you
    Sangeetha

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  15. Hi Remu, Your Welcome :) So good to have you here at kothiyavunu, yes the cup measure 250 ml cups, but if you don't prefer using cup measurement,then use the gram measurement as listed above...you can keep all the ingredients except Asafetida/Hing /Kayam and curry leaves, just spread all the ingredients separately and place it in a place where you get direct sunlight for the 4hrs, so that it gets powdered easily...Hope this helps.Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.

    Coming to recipe request, Haven't got one handy but will try to post for you sure Remya.

    Happy Cooking!
    Sangeetha

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  16. Anonymous, You can keep all the above listed ingredients except Asafetida/Kayam and curry leaves...do try and let me know.

    Thanks
    Sangeetha


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  17. Anonymous3:14 PM

    By cleaning do you mean to wash them ? Waiting for your reply to make this.

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  18. Anonymous3:11 PM

    By cleaning do you mean we have to wash them all?

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  19. Anonymous, No need to wash, just clean the impurities of the spice (like steams etc) if any.

    Thanks
    Sangeetha

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  20. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Hi Sangeetha, I made this a few months back using the cup measurements ( 1 cup = 240 ml). Now when that batch has got over, I was trying to make it using the gm measurements.. I bought 500 gm coriander seeds and 1 kg red chillies, but when i checked it using the cup measurements it is not the same, there is a huge differences, can u pls help me out on the gram measurements and also on the ingredients where you have given the teasepoon measurements, Thanks, Gowri.

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  21. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Hi Sangeetha, I am eagerly waiting for your reply on the cup vs gm measurements to make this. Thanks, Gowri

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    1. Hi Gowri, Sorry for the delayed reply. I wish I had the exact answer but all I can give you is my best opinion. As i mentioned in commentary of the recipe this is not made by me here. It's prepared by my MIL back home and the measurement came along. Grams measurement have to go separate and cup measurements have to go separate. It took me a couple of conversations with her to get to the bottom of exact gram measurement. So i'm not very sure about the grams measurement apart from what i heard. I would personally suggest to use the cup measurement as i always go by that. Hopefully that helps! Sorry can't be of much help here.:( however I will try to touch base with my MIL in India to see if she can help.

      I really appreciate your time. Thanks!
      Sangeetha

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  22. Smitha Sunil9:39 AM

    Hi Sangeetha,
    Smitha here.I tried this Sambar powder recipie...And it turned out to be a success for me..I called my amma and told her not to worry about making and sending me sambar powder anymore ;)

    Thanks a lot

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    1. Hi Smitha dear, I’m so glad to hear that they turned out so well for you! Thanks for taking time to share your feedback here and also for your call...appreciate it very much :) Hope all is well with you.Talk u soon.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  23. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Hiii Sangeetha aunty..your blog has helped me a lot in my cooking..I have tried many of your recipes like duck curry, theeyal, erissery etc and all of them turned out to be delicious and my husband enjoyed them a lot.Now he is a fan of kothiyavunu.com. I am planning to try your sambar powder recipe soon and I have a small request also, can you please upload a recipe for masala powder which can be used commonly for veg and non veg curries? Anyway thanks a lot aunty and keep updating your blog..

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    1. Hi,Glad to know that this humble space of mine is of some help to you.'m so thrilled to see the list of items you tried from this space! Thank you for your lovely comment!..makes it worth while to blog again :)Do revert to me with feedback if you try sambar powder and can you be more specific, what masala powder you looking for? Is't garam masala?

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  24. Anonymous12:11 AM

    Not garam masala aunty...just like chicken masala which we get from shops..normally I use eastern chicken masala to spice up both veg and non veg curries..so if u have a recipe for such a masala do share it aunty..I 'll surely give my feed back after trying sambar powder..

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    1. Haven't got one handy.I always use to make fresh masala powder instantly when required according to recipes it calls for, but if I find something like your looking for will definitely have it posted!

      Wish you a happy new year!
      Sangeetha

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  25. Anonymous3:24 AM

    Hiii Sangeetha aunty..hope u r fine..I couldn't try ur sambar powder yet but tried ur Kerala style chicken biriyani and chicken pepper fry..both were simply awesome...absolutely delicious..not only my husband but his frnds also told me the same thing after tasting it..u r doing a gr8 job aunty..really ur blog is a boon to beginners like me..thanks aunty..take care

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    1. Hello,I'm good, thank you. I hope you are as well.Thanks a ton for such a fab comment :) Great to know that dishes was enjoyed by your family and friends.. Hope you continue to enjoy our recipes..Thanks again!

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  26. this is just too good,, really good, enjoy this site,

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    1. Thanks a ton Geddam for the comment. Great to know that you liked this recipe :)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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