Mini Idli Sambar | Hotel style Idli sambar Tiffin | Ghee Idli Sambar

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Idly sambar

  • Author: Nithya Ravikumar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 5


  • Moong dal- 1/2 cup
  • Toor dal- 1/2 cup
  • Onions- 2
  • Tomato- 1
  • Green chilli- 2
  • Curryleaves- 1 string
  • Vegetables- 2 cup (i used brinjal and carrot)
  • Turmeric powder- 1 pinch
  • Hing- 1 pinch
  • Tamarind- a small lemon sized ball.
  • Jaggery- 1 tsp
  • Pepper- 1and 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli- 7 to 8
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1tsp
  • Channa dal- 1 tbs
  • Cumin- 1tsp


  1. Dry roast the ingredients “TO DRY ROAST AND GRIND” into a fine powder.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add in moong dal, toor dal,onions,tomato,green chilli, curry leaves, veggies, turmeric powder, hing, cook for 1 whistle and mash the dal.
  3. Heat up the oil in the pan, add in oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, add the mashed dal.
  4. Mix the grinded mixture with little water.
  5. Now add the grinded mixture, tamarind water, salt and bring to boil.
  6. Sprinkle some coriander leaves.


Add a pinch of jaggery after switching off the stove.. it makes the sambar more tastier.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Indian

Step by Step Pictures:

DSC_7036Take all the ingredients to dry roast.

DSC_7040Dry roast for 1 to 2 mins..

DSC_7056Set it cool for sometime..

DSC_7097Add in to the  blender/mixer

DSC_7099Grind into a fine powder..

DSC_7185Transfer it to a small bowl

DSC_7199Mix the grinded mixture with little water.

DSC_7058Add the toor dal and moong dal in the pressure cooker..

DSC_7065Add in onions..

DSC_7077Next goes the tomatoes, green chilles, curry leaves.

DSC_7084Add all the veggie’s i used brinjal and carrot..  and a turmeric powder..

DSC_7095Add 1 and 1/2 cup of water..

DSC_7096Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles..

DSC_7103Mash all the dal and veggies  and keep aside

DSC_7178In a another kadai, heat up the oil, add in mustard and curry leaves.

DSC_7179Once it splutters, add the mashed dal..

DSC_7200Now the grinded masala mixture..

DSC_7207Add in the Tamarind extract..

DSC_7211Another 1/2 cup of water.. if u find the sambar is very thick, you can add another 1/2 cup of water..

DSC_7216Add in salt..and close the lid, bring the sambar to boil!!


Serve it with little ghee on top… sprinkle some corienderleaves and curry leaves .

Idly Sambar is Ready to be served! If you tried this recipe please let us know! Take a picture and post it on Facebook or instagram #nithisclickncook. We would love to see what you have come up with!



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