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Hotel style Sambar idli had always been my favorite. Espcly the sambar served has special aroma and flavors in it. Made idlies with barley and brown rice and these tasted sersly yummyy..
For Sambar:
To be pressure cooked for 5 hisses and mashed well:
Thoor Dhal - 1/4 cup
Moong Dhal - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1 no, chopped
Green chillies - 2 nos, chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Other Ingredients:
Pearl Onions - 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder gen pinch
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp

Dry roast and ground to smooth powder:
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Channa dhal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 4 nos
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Fresh Coriander  - 1 stem

How to make:
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds once it splutters add curry leaves, pearl onions, asafoetida, salt and saute well.

Add 2 cups water, tamarind paste, sambar powder mix well and bring to boil. Add ground powder and cook for 4 mins add mashed dhal mixture and cook for 10 min or until the raw smell leaves.

Add chopped coriander and switch off the stove.

Barley and Bronw rice idli:
Barley - 1 and 1/2 cups
Brown rice - 1 and 1/2 cups
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt as reqd

Prepare idlies as in my earlier post.

In a plate place idlies pour sambhar over add finely chopped onions and fresh coriander.


  1. yummy I made vadas this same way this weekend.

  2. wow looks so tempting, i love sambar idly too, love your healthy version will sure give your barley brown rice idly a try ;)

  3. Lovely n flavorful sambar idlis

  4. awesome click da.. idli dipped in sambar is an heavenly combination..

  5. Oh my goodness!
    I am so so hungry now! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!
    Shashi @

  6. healthy one.. nice start for the day

  7. superb click,nice presentation

  8. Loved it a lot. looks so nice..

  9. Omg, wat a droolworthy sambar idli, a killer dish.

  10. You always make sambar with both toor and moong dal or for this sambar idly? because I started using both recently for my dad who is in cardiac diet.. BTW, it is simply attracting. one of my orders from sangeetha or HSB if I visit so.

    1. Jus recently started wit half thoor dhal n moong dhal for sambhar .. yup same health reasons based on a nutrtionist adv..Thanks ..

  11. what a plate simply make me feel to have some now and did remind me of Hotel Saravana Bhavan in ghee on top will be a scoop to scoop...

  12. Delicious sambar idly Kalpana.

  13. Wow, looks delicious and inviting.

  14. Looks stunning.. Makes me drool :)


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