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Jan 8, 2014

Instant Tiffin Sambar / Pottukadalai Sambar / Easy Tiffin Sambar

Instant Sambar / Pottukadalai Sambar is a quick and instant sambar that does not need lentils/dal and can be made in a jiffy. This Instant sambar pairs well with all the South indian breakfast items Idli, Dosa, Pongal, Medhu vadaUpma, Paniyaram. Long back saw this recipe from Jeyashri's Kitchen and this is my family favorite sambar and have been cooking this every weekend for Pongal or idli but this time only got time to take pictures.
If i have mood to cook or enough time, will chop some veggies like carrot, yellow pumpking, peas, brinjal to this sambar or else this is my version. Thanks a ton Jeyashri for this quick and instant recipe, this Sambar
comes handy and most of our /Saturday's breakfast will be Ven Pongal and this Instant Sambar. Even On this New year's day i prepared this sambar and clicked picutres.
So if you are looking for a quick side dish for idli/venpongal without comprise in taste and flavor of your traditional favorite sambar then this is one best recipe.

Recipe Source : Jeyashri's Kitcen
Preparation Time :  5 minutes
Cooking Time :  10 minutes
Serves    4
To roast & grind
  1. Dry Red Chilli    4 no.s
  2. Coriander seeds    1 tbsp
  3. Onion    1/4 cup roughly chopped or 5 pearl onions 
  4. Tomato   1/2 of a medium sized tomato
  5. Curry leaves   few(optional)
  6. Pottukadalai   2 - 3 tbsp
  7. Oil   2 tsp
For Sambar
  1. Oil   1-2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Hing   a pinch(optional)
  4. Curry leaves   few
  5. Onion   1 small or 6 pearl onion/sambar onions
  6. Tomato   other half
  7. Cilantro    few finely chopped

  • Heat oil in a pan, and roast dry red chilli, corainder seeds, curry leaves for few seconds then add onions and tomato saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then allow to cool for a while and grind it along with pottukadalai and couple of tbsp of water to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan, when its heated add mustard seeds and allow to pop and then add curry leaves and onions and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add tomato saute it and then add the ground paste saute for few seconds and add enough water, salt and stir well. (make it little thin, as it thickens after boiling).
  • And then, stir well and allow to boil in medium heat.
  • After boiling and the raw smell leaves, finally add 1/2 tsp ghee(optional) & some chopped cilantro and turn off the stove.
  • That's it...Instant Sambar ready. Serve hot with idli or Pongal. I even like this sambar with white rice.

If you are adding veggies to this sambar, chop them finely or small pieces since this sambar gets cooked so fast.
And add the veggies along with tomato and saute for a minute then add the ground paste.
If you like you can also add tamarind paste (1/4 tsp dissolved in 1/4 cup water) to the sambar but i felt bit tangy when tamarind added. the tanginess from the tomato itself fine to us.
So i do not add tamarind to this sambar.
Sambar onions or pearl onions or chinna vengayam give nice taste and flavor but with regular onion also this sambar tastes great.


  1. You have had a wonderful meal on New year's day, Sangee!! Wish I was there.. ;)
    Anyways, Sambar looks delicious and comforting.. Nice clicks, as always..

  2. Very nice recipe sangeetha! Lovely clicks!

  3. Wow thats so instant sambar.. I never have eaten this version of sambar.. Surely will try it out.. Between the whole platter is tempting...

  4. Love tat bowl.too good.yummy with pongal

  5. easy to make healthy sambar. Yumm.

  6. Wow i never knew this will try soon.Last click looks super.

  7. super yummy sambar.. and what a combo!..

  8. I always make this version. I find it quick and easy.

  9. Mmm....the last pic with the pongal and sambar..truly yummy Sangee...Nice sambar

  10. looks great... have never tried this sambar.. bt heard goes well with tiffin recipes.. :)

  11. Wow, drooling platter aks... Its too awesome and delicious sambhar with mouth-watering pongal... Moreover jamun ena erkuthu...;)

  12. yummmm !!! just cudnt take my eyes off that last picture...u really caught me there !!!! very interesting recipe.

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  13. very comforting and delicious sambar sis...

  14. so good this looks... a sambar with just tomatoes... yum yum...

  15. Beautiful sambar I love the last click makes me drool...

  16. Delicious Sambar :) makes me drool especially love the last click

  17. Sambar looks delicious, am going to definitely try this..

  18. Lovely and delicious looking sambar.

  19. Very comforting sambar. The spread is too inviting ...

  20. I love sambar and these look so good.

  21. Wow instant sambar new to defnietly try this now.Thank u so much for the recipe.

  22. So; this is the way we quick sambar.. thanks for sharing .. I just wanted to make some :) but didn't knew how ??? :( u resolved the obstacles and solved my problem :D thanks dear ;)

  23. This turned out super yummy... :) Finger licking good.. :)


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