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Hotel Saravana Bhavan Style Idli sambar

Menaga Sathia
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Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Hotel Saravana Bhavan Style Idli sambar RECIPE

Idli Sambar is a traditional breakfast in South Indian households. It is also served as an evening snack at a lot of places. Idli is basically a savory, made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. Sambar is a lentil-based vegetable stew or chowder based on a broth made with tamarind. A lot of spices are added to the sambar to make it more flavorsome. Sambar is specifically served with Idli, as it gives a slight spice to the idli making it more appetizing. Sarvana Bhawan Style Idli Sambar is an absolutely outstanding recipe with an outburst of spices in the sambar and the exclusive softness of the idlis. Sarvana Bhawan have been offering an authentic spread of South Indian dishes since ages. One of the specialty is its Idli Sambar, which is very difficult to get hands on with. But this recipe is a total catch, as it brings you all the secret ingredients which make their Idli and Sambar so exotic!

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Dinner Party
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  2. turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  3. onion - 1
  4. tomato - 2
  5. Slit green chillies -2
  6. Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  7. salt to taste
  8. To grind : Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  9. Roasted gram dal /dhalia - 2 tsp
  10. tomato - 1
  11. hing - 1/4 tsp
  12. Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
  13. To temper : oil 1 tbsp
  14. ghee - 2 tsp
  15. Mustard seeds - Each 1/4 tsp
  16. Urad dal 1/4 tsp
  17. jeera - 1/4 tsp
  18. Curry leaves a few
  19. Dry red chilli - 1


  1. Cook the toor dal with turmeric powder & mash it well.
  2. Grind the given ingredients under 'to grind' to a fine paste.
  3. Heat oil in a vessel, add chopped onion. Once it is sauteed well add tomato, slit green chillies and salt.
  4. Add coconut paste, 1/2 cup water & boil it.
  5. Once the raw smell goes away add the mashed dal & mix it well. Boil it for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add coriander leaves & turn off the flame. Temper with the ingredients given under 'to temper'.
  7. Serve with idli or dosa or pongal

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Sukumar Velusamy
Sukumar Velusamy   Feb-15-2018


Latha Nair
Latha Nair   Sep-28-2017

What type of Sambar is this?? giving 5 stars!! In sambar , only roasted coconut is added along with other ingredients , like HING, CORIANDER & CHILLI POWDER & RED CHILLIES & CURRY LEAVES .roasted along with all these ingredients. I usually add Some small onions too. Thus makes sambar with some tamarind pulp. That s SAMBAR. some add coriander leaves too.If I post this they asked to rate this dish. So rated 1 STAR.

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