Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hotel Sambar-Hotel Idli-Dosa Sambar Recipe-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

 I have posted many sambar recipes for both tiffin and rice, this idli sambar is another addition to it. This delicious hotel sambar goes well with idli, dosas and pongal. It is also easy to make and tastes awesome. Today we will learn how to make hotel style tiffin sambar following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Hotel Sambar-Hotel Idli Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

Hotel Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

Hotel Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish for Idli-Dosa-Pongal
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Tur dal/thuvaram paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Moong dal/pasi paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
   Tamarind - small piece/small gooseberry sized ball
   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1
   Salt needed

   For the Masala Paste

   Oil - 1 1/2 tsp
   Coriander seeds/malli - 1 1/2 tsp
   Bengal gram/chana dal/kadalai paruppu - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds/vendhyam - 1/8 tsp
   Whole black peppercorns/milagu - 1/4 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeeragam - 1/2 tsp
   Red Chillies - 3
   Coconut - 2 tbsp

   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Pressure cook dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft. Mash it well and keep it aside. Dal* - You can use 1/2 cup tur dal or 1/2 cup moong dal or a mix of both dals (1/4 cup tur dal + 1/4 cup moong dal) as I have done.

Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water for 15-20 minutes. Extract its juice and keep it aside.

Finely chop 1 onion and 1 tomato finely and keep it aside.

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute coriander seeds, bengal gram, pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chillies.

When dal turns golden brown, add the grated coconut and switch off the heat. Saute the coconut in the heat of the pan. Leave it to cool.

arachuvitta hotel sambar

Heat another tsp of oil and saute 1 onion (chopped) until transparent. Then add 1 chopped tomato and saute until tomatoes turn mushy. Leave it to cool.

sauteing onion and tomato

Now grind the coconut mixture and the onion tomato mixture together to a fine paste. This is the masala paste for this hotel sambar.

preparation of masala for hotel sambar


Chopped onion and tomatoes, cooked dal, masala paste, tamarind extract are all kept ready below. Now we will proceed to make the hotel style sambar.

Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing and curry leaves. Add onions and saute until it turns transparent.

how to make hotel style sambar

Add chopped tomatoes and saute until tomatoes become soft.

Add the masala paste, 2-3 tbsp of water and saute until it thickens and oil separates.

hotel idli sambar

Then add tamarind extract, salt needed and cook until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

how to make hotel style tiffin sambar

Then add the cooked dal, needed water, mix well and boil it. The consistency of the sambar should be a little watery, so add water accordingly.

idli sambar recipe

When it starts to boil, simmer and cook for a few minutes, stirring in between.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with idli, dosa or ven pongal.

tiffin sambar

Check out more Sambar Recipes and more side dishes for idli and dosa.

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  1. Tried and yummy taste! Thanks for the Recipe!

  2. Sambar looks yummy with idli. Small request - it's not a good idea to use a metal spatula on a non stick utensils.

  3. Thank you padhu...for the delicious Sambhar

  4. thks for the receipe. Itsvery useful

  5. I tried your hotel sambar recipe and it tasted so yummi with idli. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Tried it and result was amazing . Thank u for sharing the recipe

  7. Thank u so much.. tried it and it came out very well..

  8. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It came out really tasty.

  9. Very tasty sambar......Thank u.....God bless u

  10. Very tasty sambar my hubby loved it.Thanks a lot for sharing

  11. Sumptuous sambar ... prepared it twice in the same week

  12. Really came out well. Thanks for thr receipe. My son says after eating this sambar..i am the best cook

  13. Did the sambar tonight for dosa...It was good. Thank you

  14. Tried today... My family liked it very much...thank you...

  15. Hi Padhu..thanks for the father complimented for the sambar..he said that he didn't have such tasty sambar in hotels in recent years..

  16. Hi Padhu..thanks for the father complimented for the sambar..he said that he didn't have such tasty sambar in hotels in recent years..

  17. This sambhar tastes soooo gooood .. everyone loved it .. i made it for idli and dosa but tried it for rice n it tasted great as well .. thanks for sharing for such a wonderful recipe :) ..

  18. Looks yummy. Planning to try this today. Has anyone tried adding veggies to this recipe.

  19. Going to try....... And wat is the measurement of one cup....

  20. Nice sambar. I make it regularly. Kids love it.


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