Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe: South Indian style

Sambar Powder | A Homemade sambar podi is the quintessential ingredient found in every south indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe

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Homemade sambar powder is the quintessential ingredient found in every south Indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

The Samabar does not require any introduction, it is what we South indian families eat almost every day. It is present during breakfast, lunch and sometimes even during dinners. Today I would like to share a little story on how to make Sambar Powder at home. This  recipe is very easy to make and gives the sambar a fragrance that is unbelievable.

It was the year 2003, I was a new bride and had some knowledge in the kitchen area. Having helped my mother in the kitchen, I was not a total failure but the one thing I wanted was to learn making Sambar Powder at home.

My Sudha chithi (aunt) is an amazing cook and I love her sambar. That colour, that bright orange Sambar powder used by her to make Sambar….there have been so many instances in those early days that i would call her up and check with her whenever i had a confusion with regards to a recipe or ingredients to use in a specific dish.

During one of those days, i asked for her recipe of sambar powder and that homemade sambar powder recipe is something i still use and follow. This recipe never fails…its simple and easy to make and best of all it has got passed on to me from my chithi (aunt)

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

Here it is from my kitchen to yours, a vibrant and lovely orange homemade sambar powder recipe !!!

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
The mill near our house

In this recipe, we have used two varieties of dried chilli – salem and byadegi. The salem variety are spicy and the skin of these chilli’s are smooth to touch. The Byadegi variety are less spicy and have a very wrinkled texture.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

The mixture (recipe shared below) can be powdered in small quantities at home…if one has larger quantities, then a mill is the way to go. I have one near my house and is my go to place to get Sambar Powder ready…

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Sambar Powder | Homemade sambar podi recipe
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
kilo
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
kilo
Ingredients
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Instructions
  1. Dry roast each ingredient separately in a wok or kadhai (alternatively you can also let the ingredients sun dry for a couple of days)
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  2. Place the mix on paper or on a plate to cool down
  3. Grind to a smooth powder ( I get the entire mix ground at a traditional mill)
  4. Place the powder in a large wide mouthed vessel and let it cool down completely.
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  5. Store in an airtight and use this Sambar Powder for making yummy sambar !!!

Spicy and Sour Green Tomatoes Chutney

This Spicy and Sour green tomatoes chutney is made from using firm and unripe green tomatoes. These sour green tomatoes are loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C and anti oxidants.

Every day we hear that the vegetables that we consume are either loaded with harmful pesticides or toxic colours. The look of the vegetables and the rich colours seem to have a better sale value than the health of the population. I guess that’s why slowly lots of people from the cities are looking at growing their own vegetables organically. One such person that i know is my neighbour Karthik. Karthik is very passionate about organic farming and because of his efforts i got to buy really good quality green tomaotes, raddish (mooli), Palak ( greens), amarnath greens etc.

While growing up, green tomatoes was easily available in the market and amma always used to make a kootu variety with it. This time around my help at home Nanjamma, told me about a chutney recipe that they make in their hometown near Kadur. A chutney which is spicy and sour and a little sweet too because of the sauteed onions.

And in the middle of this blog…my daughter also wanted her kitty to be featured in the blog…so here she is 🙂

Kitty and tomatoes

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Spicy and Sour - Green Tomatoes chutney
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a pan, take a tsp of oil, add the chillies and tomoatoes and cook them with some salt.
  2. In a mixie, add the coconut, jeera and garlic and grind to a smooth consistency with some water.
  3. Add the cooked (cooled) tomatoes to the coconut mix and grind it all together.
  4. Once ground, remove the mixture in a serving bowl.
  5. For tempering: Take the rest of the oil, add mustard seeds to the oil. Once it splutters, add the sliced onions and saute them till they are soft and pink in colour.
  6. Add this tempering to the chutney and mix well. (Check if salt is required and adjust according to taste)