Sambar(Sambhar) Powder/Podi

Sambar is a very commom dish prepared in South India. Is a great accompaniment with many dishes like Idli, Dosa, Pongal, Vada and Rice. This is prepared almost everyweek and we always prefer home made powder for making this. The making of powder differs from one person to other and here I am posting the recipe that my mom makes at home. Love her and always prefer her powder that she makes it and sends for us. This recipe is direct from her.

Red Chillies - 1/4 KG ( 250 Gms)
Coriander/Dhaniya Seeds - 1/2 KG(500 Gms)
Cumin Seeds/ Jeera - 1 cup
Black Pepper/ Milagu - 1 cup
Fenugreek/ Methi/ Vendhayam Seeds - 1/4 cup
Toor Dhal - 1 cup
Channa Dhal - 1 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 cup
Boiled Rice - 1/4 cup
Turmeric/Manjal pieces - 50 Gms
Asafoetida/Hing/Perungayam/Inguva- 1 pack( 50 Gms)
Curry Leaves - 2 Bunch( Around 1 cup)

(Can use Guntur red chillies - 200 gms( for they are spicy/pungent taste) and Byadige Red Chillies - 50 Gms( for their nice bright red color).
My mom uses some rice for making this powder. Can always use or skip adding this.

Heat one or two tbsp of oil and add some crushed Asafoetida blocks and fry for seconds in low flame.

Keep aside and in the same oil add curry leaves and fry till they turn crisp. Remove and cool.

Sun dry all the remaining items separately or together by spreading in a cloth or big plate on direct sun for 3 - 4 hours. Collect everything and on the same day powder these ingredients in a mill. Once milled spread the powder to cool completely and store in a air tight container for later use.

16 comments/Reactions:

Kurinji said...

My mom also prepares the powder in the same way with slight variations.Kurinjikathambam, Event : HRH-Healthy Summer

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Nice looking sambhar powder dear. Looks very colorful.

Hamaree Rasoi

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Home made is the best.. yah little variation. Nice one.

Nitha said...

I always rely on the store bought Sambar masala. .Was never right is preparing it at home.. This sounds so perfect..

Kalyani said...

powder looks spicy and the homemade is the best one ...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Perfect powder...Thanks for sharing..

Priya Suresh said...

Nothing will beat the homemade spice powders, i cant live without this sambar powder, looks wonderful..

Nisha said...

Thanks for sharing your family recipe

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

sounds perfect n authentic..love the fantastic click padma...:)
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Sravs said...

Home made sambar powder is always best !! This looks so wonderful !!

Prathima Rao said...

Aromatic podi!!! A must in every south indian home!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

chef and her kitchen said...

I hv never made samabr podi by myself...I get a pack from my mom...:)

Vishku said...

Hi Padma,
Thanks for posting the masala I will try this and give different taste to my Sambar....

Anonymous said...

so you dont even roast any dals/dhania/red chillies/methi..i am first time seeing a recipe that calls for powdering raw. need to try once

Anonymous said...

hi padma,

thanks for the recipe. Is 1 cup equivalent to 200 grams?

Unknown said...

Well, I guess the dish has already become a hit ......... your creativity is genuine and amazing..... love it....
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