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Hotel sambar recipe | Sambar recipe

Sambar is the staple in the main coruse menu in all South Indian homes. I have already posted murungakkai sambar, arachuvitta sambar, kalyana sambar and many more in jeyashris kitchen. This sambar recipe is the same recipe in my sambar rice recipe. During my interaction with a marriage caterer for the recipe of vendakkai puli mandi, he told me few tips also and one among them is cooking the spices for the sambar in ghee. I have tried out few times after and it was a super duper hit at home. Varun, my little one who always eats idli | dosa with molagapodi loves this sambar a lot and he drank the remaining sambar in the bowl. Since this sambar is with toor dal, it goes well with rice and tiffin items too.  This exactly tasted like the hotel sambar. If you skip the onions it will taste more like kalyana sambar. Try it out at home and let me know how it turned out. I added mullangi | radish to the sambar.
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Hotel Sambar recipe

Yummy hotel sambar recipe to pair with idli dosa and rice.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Jeyashri suresh


  • 1/3 cup Toor dal
  • 1 Radish | Mullangi
  • 1 cup Shallots | small onion
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • ½ tomato
  • Tamarind a small lemon size
  • 1 Green chili
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Channa dal
  • 1 tsp Methi seeds | venthayam
  • 3 tblsp Coconut
  • 3 Red chili
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/3 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Jaggery a small piece
  • Salt as needed
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Sambar powder
  • Curry leaves few
  • Asafoetida a pinch


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  • Soak tamarind in hot water and extract 1 and 1/2 cup of thin tamarind extract from that.
  • Cook the toor dal and cut the radish into thin roundels. Peel the skin of the shallots and keep aside.
  • In a pan add ghee and roast the channa dal, coriander seeds, methi seeds, red chili and green chili.
  • When it is 3/4 the roasted, add in 4 shallots | chinna vengayam and saute for 2 minutes in a low flame.

Mullangi sambar 1

  • Add the tomato and cook for few minutes and switch off the flame. Add coconut to this. Allow this to cool completely.

hotel sambar 2

  • Grind this into a smooth paste and keep it aside. If needed add little water while grinding.

hotel sambar 3

  • In a pan add oil and add in the mustard seeds. Add in the remaining onions and saute for 5 minutes till the onions become translucent.
  • Add in the radish and saute for few minutes.

hotel sambar 4

  • Add in the tamarind water, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida.
hotel sambar 5
  • Let this boil for 7-8 minutes or till the veggies become soft.
hotel sambar 6
  • Add the cooked toor dal to this. Mix well.
  • Add in the ground paste and mix well.

hotel sambar 7

  • Mix well and add the jaggery to this. Boil this well for 2 minutes and switch off the flame. Add in the curry leaves.

hotel sambar 8

  • Sambar is ready . Serve this with rice or idli | dosa| pongal.
Hotel sambar
  1. Adding ghee is the key in this recipe. So do not skip that portion.
  2. Jaggery enhances the taste and also equalises the spiciness of the red chili, green chili and sambar powder.
  3. You can add chopped coriander leaves for garnishing too.
  4. You can add veggies like pumpkin, drumstick,ladies finger, brinjal, capsicum and carrots too.

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