The secret to flavorful sambar lies in its key ingredient. Yes no prizes here for guessing..you got it! If the sambar powder is no good, the resultant is a bland and sad tasting sambar.To get that genuine taste and kick no store bought brand can do actual justice. A little bit of effort with freshly ground ingredients in the right proportion and there you go !
So on public demand from a lot of friends and readers here is my recipe for sambar powder to get that lip smacking taste of authentic homemade sambar.
Coriander ( Dhania) powder- 3 cups
Whole red chillies-2 cups
Toor dal- 1 cup
Chana dal-1/2 cup
pepper corns- 1/3 cup
Methi seeds-1/4 cup
Dry roast the coriander seeds and lentils individually in a wok (kadai). Start with coriander seeds, next toor dal followed by chana dal and roast them till they are golden brown.Ensure that you roast them on a medium flame taking care that they don't burn.
Next roast the red chillies, methi seeds and pepper corns. I simply love the aroma that you get while dry roasting the ingredients.
Allow all the roasted ingredients to cool and grind them all using a mixer or a coffee grinder.
I have a vitamix mixer with the dry container which I absolutely adore for all my grinding and blending needs!
Transfer and store the sambar powder in air tight containers.
Recipe for sambar follows next.
You may also want to try my recipe for Arachuvitta sambar-using no sambar powder but freshly ground paste!