Monday, September 12, 2011

Hotel Sambar Recipe

Have you tried eating idli-sambar/dosa-sambar or vada-sambar in any of the fast food joints in Bangalore? If yes, you must have gone gaga over their sambar. The sambar provided would be more on the sweeter side & considerably thick. I have tried to recreate their sambar over years & now I can say, I make somewhat similar to what is served in the restaurants!

Here is my version:

Preparation Time: 20mins
Cooking time: 40mins (Including pressure cooking time)

Ingredients: (Yields around 2 litres of sambar).
Moong dal/Split & skinned green gram: 1/2 cup
Salt: According to taste
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Finely chopped potato: 1/2 cup
Finely chopped veggies: 1/2 cup (I normally add raddish, carrots, french beans & yam)
Finely chopped onion: 1/2 cup
Tamarind: 2 tsp, thick extract of the pulp.
Jaggery: 2 tbsp

For spice paste:
Gram dal/Channa dal: 2 tsp
Urad dal/Skinned black dal: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp
Dry red chili: 8-10 nos ( non spicy ones like Kashmiri chilli)
Curry leaves: 10-12 nos
Oil: 1 tsp
Coconut: 1/2 cup, scraped
Asafoetida: a pinch

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 4- 6 nos
Tomato: 1 no, finely chopped

  • Wash the moong dal thoroughly. Add the finely chopped vegetables, potato & onion to the washed dal. 
  • Add water, turmeric & 1/2 tsp of salt to the vegetables. Pressure cook the dal & vegetable together for 2-3 whistles. Allow the cooker to cool.
  • Meantime, heat a pan. Add oil & roast all the ingredients mentioned for the spice paste (except coconut & asafoetida). No need to roast each ingredient separately. Add channa dal & urad dal first, roast it lightly. Follow it by cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilli. Roast it till the dry red chilli become crisp.Finally throw in curry leaves & coriander seeds.  Toss for another minute. The kitchen will smell heavenly by now. Turn off the heat, add coconut & asafoetida to the roasted spices & mix well. Allow the spices to cool down.
  • Make a fine paste of the roasted spices by adding little water. 
  • Heat a broad vessel. Add oil to it. When oil is hot, throw in mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds turn brown, add curry leaves & finely chopped tomato. Saute the tomato until it is mushy & oil separates from it.
  • Add the cooked lentils & vegetables to it. Adjust the salt, add the tamarind extract, jaggery & the prepared spice paste. Allow it to boil for another 10-12 mins. 
  • Yummy hotel sambar is ready. Serve it with vada, idli, dosa or even plain rice!

My sis's mom-in-law adds a tablespoon of roasted gram dal/roasted channa dal/hurigadale/kadala pappu while preparing the spice paste & adds only 1 or 2 tbsps of grated coconut. I have tried the sambar this way too! It taste's good.


  1. Love this flavourful and quite irresistible sambar,delicious..

  2. That was quick Priya. Thanks!

  3. Sambar looks extremely delicious and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. I am craving for some now! So delectable! My all time favorite,loved the clicks...

  5. That's delicious sambar and lovely clicks Sush

  6. ahaa..looks delicious! I have to try it out to see how it tastes :)

  7. Wah...wah..That is one delicious sambhar!!!! And u use moong dal & tur?? Must give your recipe a try..Moong dal is much faster to cook & lighter on the tummy too that tur..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. wow dear, really really tempting sambar...i cann't take my eyes from the clicks,damn gud...

  9. nicely presented.mouthwatering sambhar.even i am making sambhar now

  10. This one is new for me,looks yum

  11. Just now i finished preparing this dish it came out very well i cant wait my husband to come home so he can give me review too :) but i used toor dal instead of moong daal next time will try with moong dal thanku for the dish bye.

  12. Love this sambar...looks delicious..chk my blog,I have tagged u in 7 links game..:)

  13. tried this sambhar yesterday it came so good tastes just like typical hotel sambhar.
    Thank you mam :)



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