Tiffin Sambar | Idli Sambar

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Tiffin Sambar
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Sambar is a lentil and vegetable stew or soup which is popular in South India. Sambar goes well with idli, dosa, vada, pongal and rice. Tiffin sambar is a flavorful recipe which can be prepared with or without vegetables.

This is a quick tiffin sambar prepared by combining moong dal and tuvar dal. Sambar masala is prepared by freshly roasted spices and ground, later mixed with cooked dal and vegetables. Addition of tamarind juice makes the sambar tangy.

Sambar masala powder can be easily prepared at home. You can use the store brought powder and prepare sambar too.

If you like this recipe, you can try more recipes like this here : onion sambar, tomato sambar, vegetable sambar, kerala sambar.



¼ cup moong dal

¼ cup tuvar dal

1 potato (opt)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

Tamarind, a small lemon sized


To roast and grind

2 tsp coriander seeds

1 ½ tsp channa dal

1 tsp jeera

¼ tsp fenugreek seeds

5-6 red chillies

¼ cup fresh coconut, grated


2 tsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 spring curry leaves

Pinch hing


  • Wash moong dal and tuvar dal with enough water. Pressure cook the dal adding turmeric powder for 2-3 whistles. Add peeled and chopped potatoes if adding. You can add vegetables (like carrots, drumsticks, shallots etc.) too if you prefer. Once the pressure subsides, mash them to soft.
  • In a small bowl, add hot water and soak tamarind for 10-15 minutes. Squeeze it to get tamarind juice. Keep this aside.
  • Heat a pan and add a teaspoon of oil. Roast on medium-low flame, coriander seeds, channa dal, jeera, fenugreek seeds and red chillies.
  • When the dals turn golden brown, add grated coconut and fry for a minute. Switch off the flame and let the roasted ingredients cool.
  • Once cooled, grind them adding little water to fine paste.
  • Heat a kadai and add 1 tbsp oil. Add chopped onions and fry till transparent. Add chopped tomatoes and sauté them for some time till it turns mushy. Add pinch salt to fasten the process.
  • Now add grinded paste and sauté till oil separates. Then add tamarind juice and salt to taste. Let the mixture boil well.
  • Add cooked dal and water as needed. Add water as per the consistency you prefer. Keep stirring in between and boil on a medium flame for 5-8 minutes. Remove from flame and keep aside.
  • Heat a tadka pan and add 2 tsp oil. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and hing.
  • Add this seasoning to the sambar and close the lid for some time.


  • Add vegetables of your choice and prepare tiffin sambar.
  • You can prepare sambar either with toor dal or moong dal alone.
  • If you prefer more tanginess in the sambar, increase the tamarind juice to ½ cup.
  • Increase the spices as per your taste and preference.
  • Tiffin sambar can be served with hot steamed rice too.

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