Home Made Sambar Masala

The history of Sambar goes all the way back to the days of Maharajas. Some people say that it has forever been a south Indian thing and some argue that it actually came from the kitchen of Thanjavur Marathas. Who were the Thanjavur Marathas? You can find out here. Nevertheless, I leave it up to you to decide.

‘Sambar’, the most loved south Indian broth, has stolen the hearts of many. No matter where it came from, it sure has been a boon to countless people. It is a reliable accompaniment to any south Indian dish, and honestly, I cannot agree more.

Back to my business…

About seven months here, and the foreign taste has sort of grown on me. However, I won’t deny my cravings that set foot every weekend, prompting me how much I miss good Indian food.

One fine weekend, tired of the unsavoury sambar served in the restaurants with the Dosas, I planned on trying the recipe myself (without using the ready-made sambar masala, of course). Turns out, we loved it so much that we indulge in Dosas every week!

If you are keen on trying this recipe, here is how you can.

Ingredients:

  1. Coriander seeds ……………..… 1/2 cup
  2. Red chillis ………………………… 18
  3. Fenugreek seeds …………….… 1 1/2 tspn
  4. Peppercorns ………………..…… 1 tbspn
  5. Split chana daal ………………… 2 tbspn
  6. Toor daal ……………..…………… 2 tbspn
  7. Mustard seeds ……………..…… 1/2 tbspn
  8. Curry leaves ……………………… 10
  9. Turmeric powder ……………… 1/2 tbspn
  10. 10.Asafoetida …………………… 1/2 tspn

Method:

  1. Dry roast all the ingredients from 1 to 7 on a pan over medium flame. Do not burn them and transfer them to a plate when you smell the aroma
  2. Clean the pan and then dry roast the curry leaves as well. Do not burn them. Keep them on the pan until light brown and crunchy
  3. Take a dry grinder (make sure there is no moisture). Put all the ingredients together and grind them to fine powder.

There! Your very own, home-made sambar masala is ready. You can keep the powder in an air tight container and use for a month or more.

(Note:- You can reduce or increase the ingredients as per your liking.)

For an amazing home-made Sambhar recipe, wait up for the next blog.

Till then… Bon Appetite!

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