Sambar Powder!

Sambar is a very essential part of South Indian cuisine.  Not a day or two pass by without sambar on the menu.  Sambar powder is a powdered mix of spices that when added to the sambar in the last few minutes of cooking makes it very aromatic and adds a zing.  I usually make this at home although it is readily available in the stores.  It does not take a long time to make and when stored in the freezer lasts several months.  So, make a big batch and enjoy home-made goodness!



  • Coriander seeds – 1 cup
  • Chana dal – 1/2 cup
  • Ural dal – 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1/3 cup
  • Black pepper corns – 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek/methi seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies – around 15
  • Curry leaves – couple sprigs
  • Asafoetida – 1 tsp


  1. Wash and dry curry leaves
  2. Dry roast each ingredient separately except asafoetida
  3. Cool the spices and grind them in a blender with asafoetida
  4. Store in an air tight jar in the freezer

*Yields about 2 cups of powder


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