Sambar powder or sambar masala

A traditional method for making sambar powder (South Indian style).


  • Coriander seeds - 4 tablespoons
  • Chana dal (bengal gram split) - 2 teaspoons
  • Methi seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Whole red chillies - 5 to 6 nos
  • Fresh grated coconut - 5 tablespoons
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat oil in a pan. Add coriander seeds, chana dal, methi seeds, red chillies and fry on a medium flame, till they become light brown and aroma exudes.

Step 2

Add grated coconut to the above mixture and fry for 30 seconds on a low flame

Step 3

Remove from heat. Grind the above mixture with little water to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Sambar masala is ready to use.

Step 5

NOTE : The above sambar masala has to be consumed/used on the same day, since it is ground alongwith coconut and water to a soft paste. The image shown is sambar powder without coconut. This powder can be stored for 2 to 3 weeks. Whenever you want to make sambar, just add grated coconut to this powder and make a smooth paste and add at the time of making sambar. You can store dry sambar powder in an airtight container for future use.


One Response to Sambar powder or sambar masala

  1. must have in any household.

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