idli sambar recipe with step by step pictures | sambar recipe for idli

idli sambar recipe

idli sambar recipe with step by step pictures | sambar recipe for idli

Idli and sambar is a classic combination that’s delicious as well as healthy. Weekends are mostly about enjoying food with the entire family. When I am not making chicken curry, a South-Indian meal is the way to go; dosa, idli, uttapam, paniyaram, whatever my family wants to have. I usually serve these items with coconut chutneyย and sambar or rasam, and sometimes I also prepare the potato masala for dosa.

Idli sambar is an absolute favorite and there are a few ways to make it. I have already shared the restaurant style or hotel style vegetable sambar recipe, which is more on the authentic side. This one is a bit different. This is a sambar recipe without vegetables. It’s very light on the tummy and ideal for people who do not like veggies in their sambar. This idli sambar recipe has a great texture, you won’t find any bits of onions, tomatoes, chilies while you sip on it. It is a very smooth sambar. The only thing that lends any texture to this idli sambar is the cumin, mustard seeds, and urad dal from the tadka/tempering.

making idli sambar recipe in pressure cooker

sambar idli recipe

When I say this is a very quick and easy idli sambar recipe, I really mean it. You don’t have to boil the dal separately. Everything goes into the pressure cooker. It saves you a lot of time. If you are looking for sambar recipe for idli that needs minimal preparation, you should definitely try this one.

straining the idli sambar

Like I said, this idli sambar has a very smooth texture, that’s because I strain it. All the onion and tomato pulp gets removed. However,this step is optional but recommended.

making sambar recipe for idli with toor and masoor dals

sambar recipe for idli

I have used masoor and toor dal to make this idli sambar recipe. Masoor dal in English is called red lentils. Toor dal is yellow pigeon pea lentils. The combination of toor and masoor dals fives the idli sambar a much better taste and flavour. You may use just toor dal if you don’t have masoor dal at hand or if you don’t like it. Or you may use a combination of toor and moong dal as well. Use your imagination and get creative!

Now let’s take a look at the idli sambar ingredients and preparation.

how to make sambar recipe for idli

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Idli sambar recipe is a classic combination. This is a quick and easy sambar recipe with a smooth, velvety texture. Enjoy soft idli dunked in hot sambar for breakfast or lunch.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Masoor dal - ¼ cup
  • Toor dal - ¼ cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Onions - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Ginger - ½ inch piece, crushed
  • Garlic - 8 cloves, crushed
  • Tomato - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Byadgi red chili - 1 tsp
  • Sambar masala - 2 & ½ tbsp (I use Everest brand)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Fresh coriander - for garnish, finely chopped
  • Sweet tamarind chutney - 3 tbsp or to taste, recipe here (Or you may use tamarind pulp and jaggery)
For the Tadka
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Hing/asafetida - ⅛ tsp
  • White urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Whole red chilies - 3
Instructions
  1. To make the idli sambar recipe, start of by combining the toor and masoor dal in a bowl.
  2. Rinse the dals and soak them for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add in the onions. Saute the onions until they turn golden.
  4. Tip in the crushed ginger and garlic. Cook until the raw smell is gone.
  5. Now, add the tomatoes, green chilies, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy and the oil begins to separate.
  6. It's time to add the spices; turmeric, byadgi red chili, and 1 tbsp Sambar masala. The remaining sambar masala will be added later on. Saute the spices on low heat for a few seconds.
  7. Add the rinsed dals.
  8. Saute the dals with the spices for a minute. Add a splash of water to prevent the spices from burning.
  9. Add 1 & ½ cups of water or as needed.
  10. Pressure cook the dals for 3-4 whistles or until they are cooked through and soft.
  11. Once the pressure releases on its own, open the pressure cooker.
  12. Add in 2 & ½ cup of water. You may add more or less water depending on how thick or thin you like your sambar. Blend the sambar with an hand blender until smooth.
  13. Now strain the sambar using a soup strainer. This will make it's texture very smooth.
  14. Bring the strained sambar to a boil. Add The remaining 1 & ½ tbsp sambar masala. Stir.
  15. Add the sweet tamarind chutney. If you do not have the chutney, use tamarind pulp and jaggery as per your taste.
  16. Let the sambar simmer for 7-8 minutes. Then turn off the flame.
  17. Now let's give tadka or tempering to the sambar. Heat oil in a pan or kadhai.
  18. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds. Add the hing/asafetida.
  19. Now toss in the white urad dal and saute it on low flame until it turns golden brown.
  20. Add the whole red chilies and curry leaves. You will get a nice fragrance from the tadka now.
  21. Pour the tadka/tempering over the sambar.
  22. Stir is gently. Garnish the sambar with fresh coriander.
  23. Idli sambar recipe is ready. Serve hot. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 112 kcal Fat: 4.6 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 6 g Sodium: 21 mg Fiber: 2.3 g Protein: 6 g Cholesterol: 2 mg

idli sambar recipe with step by step pictures


Step 1

To make the idli sambar recipe, start of by combining 1/4 cup toor and 1/4 cup masoor dal in a bowl.

making sambar with masoor and toor dal


Step 2

Rinse the dals and soak them for 15 minutes.

soaking the dals to make sambar recipe


Step 3

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker and add in 1 medium onion, finely chopped. Saute the onions until they turn golden.

sauteing the onions for making the sambar


Step 4

Tip in the 1/2-inch piece of ginger and 8 cloves of garlic, both finely crushed. Cook until the raw smell is gone.

adding ginger and garlic to the sauteed onions


Step 5

Now, add finely chopped 1 medium tomato, 2 green chilies, and salt to taste. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy and the oil begins to separate.

adding tomatoes and green chilies


Step 6

It’s time to add the spices; 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp byadgi red chili, and 1 tbsp Sambar masala. The remaining 1 & 1/2 tbsp sambar masala will be added later on. Saute the spices on low heat for a few seconds.

adding in the sambar masala and other spices to the sambar recipe


Step 7

Add the rinsed dals.

making sambar with masoor dal and toor dal


Step 8

Saute the dals with the spices for a minute. Add a splash of water to prevent the spices from burning.

making idli sambar recipe


Step 9

Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water or as needed.

adding water to the sambar


Step 10

Pressure cook the dals for 3-4 whistles or until they are cooked through and soft. Once the pressure releases on its own, open the pressure cooker.

sambar recipe pressure cooker


Step 11

Add in 2 & 1/2 cup of water. You may add more or less water depending on how thick or thin you like your sambar. Blend the sambar with an hand blender until smooth.

making sambar recipe in pressure cooker


Step 12

Now strain the sambar using a soup strainer. This will make it’s texture very smooth.

straining the sambar


Step 13

Bring the strained sambar to a boil. Add The remaining 1 & 1/2 tbsp sambar masala. Stir.

adding sambar masala everest brand


Step 14

Add 3 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney. If you do not have the chutney, use tamarind pulp and jaggery as per your taste.

addig jaggery and tamarind to the idli sambar recipe


Step 15

Let the sambar simmer for 7-8 minutes. Then turn off the flame.

sambar recipe for idli


Step 16

Now let’s give tadka or tempering to the sambar. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan or kadhai. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp of hing/asafetida.

tadka for sambar


Step 17

Now add in 1 tsp white urad dal and saute it on low flame until it turns golden brown.

tempering for sambar recipe


Step 18

Add 3 whole red chilies.

sambar recipe ingredients


Step 19

Add 1 sprig of curry leaves. You will get a nice fragrance from the tadka now.

idli sambar recipe ingredients


Step 20

Pour the tadka/tempering over the sambar.

sambar recipe preparation


Step 21

Stir is gently. Garnish the sambar with fresh coriander.

idli sambar recipe preparation


Step 22

Sambar recipe for idli is ready. Serve hot. Enjoy!

sambar recipe for idli

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    nupur
    March 27, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    my son hates vegetables in general and this is just the sambar recipe i was looking for. thank you so much for sharing it. i made it for lunch and my kiddo loved it. much love!

  • Reply
    superna
    June 27, 2019 at 1:38 am

    This sambar seemed perfect for my son who hates the bits of onions, tomatoes and even veggies in his sambar. So i made it for him and he loved it. thanks a ton. blending and straining the sambar is a great idea.

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 1, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Superna. I am glad your son loved the sambar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    kian d'souza
    July 17, 2019 at 5:06 am

    drooling! that spicy sambar and fluffy idlis are making my mouth water. bful clicks.

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 26, 2019 at 4:46 am

      Thank you Kian ๐Ÿ™‚

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