Mummy's Sambar Podi | How to make Mummy's Sambar Podi

By Akila Subramanian  |  13th Jul 2016  |  
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About Mummy's Sambar Podi Recipe

Every South Indian household has a secretly guarded 'sambar podi' recipe that is passed on through generations. About 10 years back my mother-in-law passed on her grandmother's recipe to me. I still have it written in an old diary. In fact my mom and granny liked my Sambar and Rasam so much that they now follow the same recipe too. I hardly ever make my own Sambar powder- My 70 year old granny still makes the yearly stock for mum and me. This recipe is now famous in my extended family as 'KJ's sambar podi' [My Mother-in-law's name is K.Jayalakshmi]. This one is super special for me.

Mummy's Sambar Podi, a deliciously finger licking recipe to treat your family and friends. This recipe of Mummy's Sambar Podi by Akila Subramanian will definitely help you in its preparation. The Mummy's Sambar Podi can be prepared within 20 minutes. The time taken for cooking Mummy's Sambar Podi is 45 minutes. With such flavoursome ingredients, the dish tastes superb! This recipe is appropriate to serve 4 people. The recipe details out how to make Mummy's Sambar Podi step by step. The detailed explanation makes Mummy's Sambar Podi so simple and easy that even beginners can try it out. The recipe for Mummy's Sambar Podi can be tweaked in a lot of ways to make it more interesting. So, the next time you have a party at home do not forget to check out the recipe of Mummy's Sambar Podi from BetterButter.

Mummy's Sambar Podi

Ingredients to make Mummy's Sambar Podi

  • coriander/ Dhania seeds -1 kg
  • Dry Red chillies- 1/2 kg
  • Split red gram/ Tuvar dal/ Arhar dal - 750 gm
  • Black peppercorns- 200 gm
  • fenugreek/Methi seeds - 150 gm
  • cumin/ Jeera- 100 gm
  • Split black gram/ Urad dal- 250 gm
  • Dry turmeric root/Sabut Haldi - 200 gm

How to make Mummy's Sambar Podi

  1. In a large thick bottomed wok/ kadhai dry roast each of the ingredients separately, except the turmeric roots.
  2. Keep the flame on low and dry roast until the ingredients lose their 'raw' smell. But do be careful not to burn them.
  3. Allow the spices to cool down completely.
  4. Break the turmeric roots into tiny pieces.
  5. Mix all the ingredients and grind into a fine powder. [ I usually get it ground in a mill]
  6. Divide the sambar powder into 4-5 portions and store them in separate zip-lock pouches before placing them in an air tight container.
  7. You can use one portion at a time. This way the rest of the batch remains fresh and lasts for over 6 months. [You can even refrigerate the zip-locked sambar podi pouches for increasing their shelf life]

My Tip:

1. It is very important to roast the ingredients well. Do take care to cover your nose while roasting the red chillies specially , it can be quite a task. 2. All the utensils and equipment [like the mixer jar] must be completely free of moisture. 3. This recipe yields enough sambar powder to last about 4-6 months. You can definitely halve the recipe to make a smaller batch. 4. Storing the sambar powder in separate pouches helps to make sure that it doesn't lose its aroma over a period of time. Just keep one small batch to use on your kitchen counter and refill as and when required. 5. Grinding in a mill is a better option since the final powder should be really fine. But a heavy duty mixer should do a decent job too. You may want to pass the sambar powder through a sieve in this case.

Reviews for Mummy's Sambar Podi (2)

Uma Shinde2 years ago

how can I use this sambar podi

Bindiya Sharma2 years ago

was looking for this recipe..thanks for sharing!