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Friday, January 29, 2010

Hotel Sambar/ Tiffin Sambar

Hotel style Sambar
This is my favorite sambar for idly, dosa, pongal and even it tastes great with hot pooris. For the people who know about the popular Ratna Cafe's Sambar( triplicane, Chennai), this Tiffan sambar tastes similar to the Ratna cafe's sambar. 

Important points for making this delicious Tiffan Sambar are
Never use tamarind pulp for this sambar
Do not add more vegetables( any 2 variety of vegetable is enough) 
Try to use small onions( shallots)
A tbsp of powdered jaggery is very important ingredient for this recipe.


Toor dal/ Split pigeon peas( cooked and mashed)-1cup
Small onions/ Shallots( peeled)-15 to 20
Tomato medium chopped-1
Drumsticks-1 no
Carrots chopped-1/2cup
Curry leaves-few
Coriander leaves-few
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Jaggery powdered-1tsbp
Salt to taste
Oil required

Sambar powder ingredients
( Dry roast the following ingredients separately and grind to fine paste)
Coriander seeds-3tbsp
Bengal gram/ Split chick peas-2tbsp
Whole dry red chilly-10( +/- depending on taste)
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Fenugreek/ Methi seeds-1/2tsp
Fresh shredded Coconut-1/2cup( don't roast coconut, add this while grinding).

Heat enough oil in a pan, when hot add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds crackles add the shallots and curry leaves, fry for few minutes and add the carrots and drumsticks. Now add the tomatoes and cook for few more mins, when the tomatoes are done, add the turmeric powder and ground sambar paste. Fry the ground paste for few seconds and add the cooked toor dal. Season with salt and add enough water( to get required consistency, sambar should not be too thin or too thick). Simmer the sambar for 5 mins. Finally add the powdered jaggery and coriander leaves, give a good stir and remove from heat. Serve hot with Idly, Dosas. Pongal or Poori.

For making Ghee idlys- Prepare mini idlys or normal idlys as usual. In a bowl add the idlys, generous amount of tiffan sambar and 2tsps of ghee. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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Sarah Naveen said...

oh wow!!! Superb!!!!! nice click too

Devi Meyyappan said...

Hi dear... mmmm, excellent one!!.. looks sooo tempting!.. very nice!:)

Sashi said...

Have been thinking to make this, ur pic is urging me to prepare soon Mye.


I too love this sambar,I too make exactly same way except I powder the ingredients,imply superb mye!

Anupama said...

Nice to know this sambar recipe Mye... I've been thinking what I would do once I run out of the Annapoorna sambar powder that I use to make hotel sambar

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic.

Gita said...

Great recipe dear...looks so good and tempting...thanks for the tips on making the regular samabar to hotel sambar :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow the drumstick in the sambar is very much tempting me.Love to have this now.

Prathibha said...

yummy sambar..looks very yummy

Jyoti V said...

looks so yumm...nice click too
happy to follow u...
happy blogging...

meeso said...

Looks so good! Nice recipe :)

Nostalgia said...

Awesome..looks great and will have to try this for my dosa next time.

Valarmathi said...

Nice recipe, looks yummy...

Yasmeen said...

My favorite kind of spicy soup :D

shahana said...

wowww!!! super.looks really delicious!!!

FoodLovers said...

yummy mye looks great dear

Suman Singh said...

yumm..sambhar looks very that idli sambhar on your recent post, would love to try this one soon..thanks for sharing...never knew you can add ghee on top of idlli too..very interesting way to serve...feel like grabbing that ghee idli platter and finish in no time...

Sharadha said...

yayyyy...!! i tried ur sambhar today...i love it !!! i love it!!easy n yum....yum...yummmmmmmy!!!!thanks much for sharing!! really appreciate ur work!!my friends too liked it..they were praising me all thru the day!!thanks again!!

Lakshmi said...

I just love your sambar recipe it was as typical as hotel sambar really superb.

Preethy said...

I made it and everyone enjoyed your Hotel Sambar recipe. It was like Ratna cafe sambar.