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Instant Tiffin sambar
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Instant sambar recipe

Easy to make tiffin sambar without any cooked dal
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Side dish for Idli dosa, South indian gravy
Servings: 3
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • ½ cup peeled shallots
  • ½ to mato
  • ½ carrots
  • 1.5 cups thin tamarind extract
  • Salt as needed
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 pinches asafoetida
  • 3 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 green chili
  • Few curry leaves

To grind

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp dhaniya | coriander seeds
  • 5 shallots
  • ½ to mato
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp pottukadalai | roasted gram dal


  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind in water and take 1.5 cups of thin tamarind extract.
  • In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add the coriander seeds and red chili.
  • Saute this for 2 minutes and then add the 5 shallots.
  • Saute everything till the onions change color. Cook in a medium flame.
  • Now add the tomato and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and add the cumin seeds and the potttukadalai.
  • Cool this and grind into a fine paste by adding water.
  • Keep this aside.
  • In the pan add 3 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds, slit green chili and curry leaves.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the small onions.
  • Saute till translucent.
  • Now add in the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the carrots, you can add capsicum or pumpkin too.
  • Mix well and add in the tamarind water.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt.
  • Let this boil for 7-9 minutes in a medium flame till the raw smell of the tamarind goes off.
  • Now add in the ground paste and mix well.
  • Add 1 cup of water to adjust the consistency.
  • Mix well and let this boil for 3 minutes.
  • Switch off and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Instant tiffin sambar is ready.
  • Serve with Idli, Dosa, Pongal or Kuzhi paniyaram.



1. Do not add more pottukadalai than the quantity mentioned, it won’t taste good.
2. This Instant sambar pairs well with tiffin items only, and not with rice.