Learn to make yet another version of the very versatile Tamil Nadu Sambar Powder!
Yes for a person who ends up making Sambar so many times in a week, having different Sambar Podis help. We always make our own home blend and I have only used what Amma makes for helpful. As I have said so many times, even if the method and ingredients are the same, she makes it in different ways with different vegetables.
She makes her own Sambar podi and sends my share once it gets over. Other than making some instant sambar podis myself, I have not ground the huge amount she gets ground.
Her version of Sambar Podi stays fresh for over 2 months. My SIL stocks it with her for 2 years and I have seen my Aunties taking it with them as well.
So even though its time tested and loved by all, I guess she was tempted to try this version of Sambar Podi that she came across in Prestige Pressure Cooker Recipe Booklet. We have so many of them, some new recipes are included in intervals, otherwise, the same recipes get printed all the time.
Why she was interested in it was because of the Sambar Recipe. It is a No Tomato Sambar! Well as I had said recently we have been looking at recipes that are prepared without tomatoes and given that, this sambar recipe caught her attention. She said she had to make the sambar powder as well if she has to try it out.
So it ended up being that she ground a huge batch and sent my share as well. This Sambar podi is what’s used at present at home. I also used this for making Mullangi Beans Carrot Sambar without Tomato
This is my Masala Dabba having all the regularly used Sambar Podi, Chili powder, Coriander Powder and the Tempering Blend for Sambar prepared and stocked.
This reminds me that I am yet to write about my Masala Dabba! Will do it sometime soon. Meanwhile, do share your Masala Dabba if you have!
The Roasted cumin powder is kept separately and unlike North Indian recipes, we do not mix coriander-cumin powder together nor use it for all dishes. Even though there is a common factor across all Indian Cuisines, there are slight subtle changes that make it different!
Sambar Powder ver 2
500 gms Coriander Seeds Dhania / Malli
500 gms Dry Red Chillies Round variety
1.5 cup Toor Dal
3/4 cup Chana Dal Bengal Gram
20 gms Pepper Corns approx 2 tbsp
1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds Venthaiyam
50 gms Turmeric powder
How to Make Sambar Powder
The above measurement will yield a huge quantity that will laste for at least 2 to 3 months, when we make sambar twice a week.
Below is the measurement for making samber using 100 gms of Toor dal for 4 person serving (it can depend as per your usage, we normally make this for 4 to 5 members for lunch)
Makes 2.5 tsp Sambar podi used for 100 gms (appr 6 tbsp) Toor Dal
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds / Dhania / Malli
7 to 8 nos Dry Red Chillies (Round variety)
1 tsp Toor Dal
3/4 tsp Chana Dal / Bengal Gram
1 tsp Pepper Corns
1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds / Venthaiyam
A Pinch Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds (not mentioned in the original recipe, adding it here as Amma sometimes adds it, you exclude if you want)
How to Make Sambar Powder
Dry roast all the ingredients, allow to cool and grind to a smooth powder in your mixer.
This goes for the September Week 2, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.