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Instant Sambar Mix Recipe


Instant Sambar Mix Recipe

Hyderabadi Ruchulu's 15 minutes Instant Sambar mix recipe is the way to go to satisfy any last minute cravings. Pre-prepare this instant sambar mix at home to keep in handy for when there are unexpected guests. This instant sambar is not only quick to make but also very tasty  that is sure to keep your tummy satisfied!


  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/4 cup Bengal Gram
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 10-12 Dried Chillies
  • 1/2 cup Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 3 small pieces Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

For Tempering

  • 3 Dried Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

Recipe Notes

To make instant sambar mix, we need to dryly fry all the ingredients first.

Let's fry toor dal first

Fry toor dal on low flame only so that it doesn’t burn or the taste will change

Fry till it changes colour and cut off the stove

Move it into a plate

Let's fry bengal gram next

Fry till it changes colour and cut off the stove

Move it into the same plate

Fry coriander seeds till they give a nice aroma

Move it into the same plate

Fry cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds

Add pepper and mix

Don't fry pepper for too long. Fry till they heat up

Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom and stir

Move it into the same plate

Fry 10-12 dried chillies. The quantity of dried chillies depends on your taste.

We could add chilli powder later also if desired

Move dried chillies into the plate after they start to change colour

Fry curry leaves. These are washed and dried curry leaves.

Fry till the curry leaves lose all the moisture in it.

Fry till it turns crispy

Move it into the same plate

Let's heat up tamarind also since we shouldn't wash it

Cut off the stove and move it into the same plate

Let all the ingredients cool down

Add them to a mixie jar.

Also add tamarind, 1 teaspoon salt or salt to taste 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Grind them into a soft powder.

Move it into a bowl

We need to add tempering next

Heat 3 teaspoons oil in pan

Add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds and fry

Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds and fry

Add dried chillies and fry

Add this tempering to prepared power and mix

Store it in an air tight container.

This could be used for up to 1 month.

If stored in fridge it could be stored for up to 2-3 months

Let's see how to prepare sambar with this powder

Any vegetables could be used for cooking this sambar

Tomatoes, carrots, onions, drumsticks, bottle guard pieces are being used here.

To a pan, add all the chopped vegetables, 1 cup water, close lid

Heat for 5 minutes.

If in a cooker, cook for 1-2 whistles

Add as much water as desired

Add 3 tablespoons of instant sambar mix powder to a different bowl

Add a little water and mix

Add this mixture to boiled vegetables and mix

Stir in between and simmer for 10 minutes

Other ingredients like curry leaves, salt and chilli powder could be added

Jaggery or sugar could also be added

Since we already added tempering, we don't need to make it again

After the sambar simmers for 10-15 minutes, add coriander leaves

Cut off the stove

Serve with idly, dosa or rice

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