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Udipi sambar recipe | udupi hotel sambar

by Jeyashri suresh
Udippi sambar|udupi style sambar is a new sambar recipe without the use of homemade sambar powder.  I recently tasted this sambar in a friend’s house who is a native of bangalore. The sambar was very different, aromatic and yum. when i asked her any special sambar powder you make for this , she said that this udipi sambar is without sambar powder . She told me the ingredients to roast and grind to make the fresh masala for sambar, just roughly without any measurements. I just tried it at home few days back and it was a super hit. A very aromatic sambar recipe which is a must try recipe from jeyashri’s kitchen. 

Udippi Sambar

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 Mins |Serves: 4

    Toor dal       1/4 cup
    Drumstick    1
    Yellow Pumpkin   few cubes
     Tamarind      a small gooseberry sized
     Coriander seeds |Dhaniya  1 tblsp
     Channa dal     1 tblsp
     Urad dal       2 tsp
     Red chilli      5-6
     Sesame seeds    1 tsp
     Coconut (preferably koprai)     1 tblsp
     Oil      2 tsp
     Curry leaves    few
     Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp
     Jaggery | Vellam     1 tsp
     Asafoetida      2 pinches
     Salt     as needed
     Mustard seeds     1/4 tsp

Udippi style-sambar

  • Soak the tamarind in water and take extract with 1 and half cup of water. Cook the toor dal with enough water and little turmeric powder.
  • Cut the veggies in to desired shapes.
  • In a pan add a few drops of oil and add in the coriander seeds, channa dal, urad dal, sesame seeds, red chilli and curry leaves. roast in low flame till it becomes nice golden brown. Switch off the flame and add the coconut. Roast this in the hot pan. I used fresh coconut. Koprai | dry coconut enhances the taste more.
  • Allow this to cool and make grind this into a powder. Even if it is slightly coarse its ok.
roast-masala ground-masala
  • In a pan add oil and add mustard seeds.
  • Add the veggies and saute for a minute and add the tamarind water. Add salt and turmeric powder.
Veggies Tamarind water
  • Boil this for 5 minutes and add the ground masala. After adding the masala the mixture will get thicken. So add little water to adjust the consistency.
  • Allow this to boil for 5 to 7 minutes in a low flame.
  • Once the veggies are cooked and become soft, add the cooked dal and jaggery.
Add-masala Add-dal
  • Mix it well and add little water to adjust the consistency.
  • Boil in low flame for 3 minutes and switch off the flame.



  • Sambar is ready. This can be served with idli | dosa and also with rice too. We had with rice and a simple fried papad. It tasted awesome with the fresh aroma of spices.


  1. The sambar will be thick after adding the spices so add little water to bring it to a thin consistency.
  2. Do not add toor dal than the quantity mentioned. As the fresh masala gives consistency, adding more toor dal will make it very thick.
  3. Do not add sesame seeds more than the quantity mentioned.
  4. Adding koparai will make it more yum but if not having koprai can replace with freshly ground coconut.
  5. If you are very particular to add sambar podi, add 1 tsp and reduce the chili to 1-2

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Kurinji December 12, 2014 - 4:36 am


nandoos Kitchen December 12, 2014 - 5:08 am

yumm.... love it

Kaveri Venkatesh December 12, 2014 - 6:33 am

So full of flavors...yum

Krishin Butani December 12, 2014 - 9:14 am

My favorite sambar. Wow! enjoyed the great recipe

remya sean December 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

lovely sambar will try soon

Sivaranjani N.R December 12, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Its like pur arachivitta sambar naa, except for d til seeds?

jeyashri suresh December 13, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Flavour will be awesome though with the addition of curry leaves urad dal and till seeds

Jayashree Krishnamurthy December 12, 2014 - 6:46 pm

this is the way how we make bisebelabath and also arachuvitta sambar rite ??

jeyashri suresh December 13, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Similar to that jayasree but sesame seeds curry leaves urad dal will make the difference. Also no sambar powder too.

padma veeranki December 13, 2014 - 9:50 am

Drumstick is my fav....so sambar with it is awesome!!...Looks very tempting!!

Kitchen Boffin December 13, 2014 - 11:44 am

Wow! Thanks for sharing..
V r frequent visitors at Uduppi restaurant, here in Kuwait as v simply love their food 🙂

Sivaranjani N.R December 13, 2014 - 12:53 pm

It was v nice , didn't take a pic, though mine didn't turn out spicy, it had a v nice flavour

TheScouseassassin April 2, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Looks excellent, may I ask are the Urad Dal and Channa Dal soaked before adding to the pan?

jeyashri suresh April 4, 2015 - 4:26 am

No need to soak the dal, just roast and add it

Subha Rajesh June 7, 2015 - 8:55 am

Sambhar looks awesome!! Going to try this too..

Kanchan Ashok Talreja Talreja June 8, 2015 - 5:10 am


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geeth September 22, 2015 - 5:56 pm

i tried this.. came out well. tastes good.

Anita Sriram September 8, 2017 - 4:15 am

Best tasting no onion Sambar ever, awesome!

Erlean Joseph April 6, 2018 - 1:44 am

Jey, I finally tried this recipe coz there was no onion and tomatoes at home. Didn’t know Sambhar could be made without onion and tomatoes. Very tasty and quite simple too. A bit spicy for our taste even then, the children keep drinking Sambhar like a soup. Very much like Udupi hotel Sambhar.


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