Sambar Podi/Sambar Powder

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Making Sambar Podi/Sambar Powder is almost a ritual in TamilNadu , involving a thorough understanding of spices, their quantities, and of frying and grinding them. A blend of fresh spices like Red Chillies, Coriander, Pepper, Lentils and Fenugreek are sun dried and powdered typically in a grinding mill to make an aromatic  spice mixture. I usually rely on Amma`s  Sambar podi to last for a year and when I run out of the Podi, I follow her recipe and grind them in small quantities in a mixer. Although lot of readymade options are available, nothing comes closer to the fresh aromatic homemade Sambar podi/powders.
I have been making tasty Sambar for my family and friends with great success ~a recipe from Amma to you.

Sambar Podi 2
Ingredients:
  1. 1/2 Kg Red Chillies/Vara Millagai
  2. 1/2 Kg Coriander/Vara Kothamalli/Dhania
  3. 1 cup Bengal gram/Kadalai paruppu
  4. 1 cup Red gram/Thuvaram parupu/Toor dhal
  5. 1 cup Pepper/Milagu
  6. 1/2 cup Fenugreek/Vendhayam/Methi
  7. 1/4 cup Asafoetida/Perungayam/Hing
  8. 1/4 cup Turmeric Powder
Procedure:
  1. Sun dry the red chillies and set aside.
  2. Dry roast all the other ingredients, each separately  except the Asafoetida and Turmeric powder.
  3. When cool grind to a fine powder.
  4. Mix in the  Asafoetida and Turmeric powder. Combine well and store in airtight containers.
I usually store them in the freezer for extra freshness. To make small quantities, reduce the ratio accordingly. 5 cups of red chillies measures approx 100gms.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks so much...iam actually running out of it so will refer u back when i start it.

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  2. I was thinking of making the powder but I wasn't sure about grinding. Do we need a special blender to get fine powder?

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  3. Annam,
    I get the powder from India and only when I run out, I use a mixer from India. You do not need a special blender. The Oster blender will do the job although you will be able to get a coarse powder which is Ok.

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  4. Wow!!! you have captured some beautiful clicks dear...your mom's recipe has to be excellent... mom's are the best:)

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  5. We do the same way too...i cant live without this sambar podi...awesome clicks..

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  6. This is nice and helpful recipe of Sambhar podi. I still use store bought one 'MTR' brand and it does work very well. I don't have any Indian mixers for grinding powders, chutneys, etc. and here in foreign, local blenders can't make fine powder.

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  7. I have never cooke dwith this spice but will make it and use it .

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  8. Thanks for the quick response. Your recipe gave me hope to make the sambar powder at home.

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  9. Gorgeous pics. I can smell the aroma from the pics. Looks soooo good :)

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  10. beautiful picture

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  11. I get the sambar powder pack from my mom...lovely color of the podi...
    even I have those cute glass containers from ikea..:)

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  12. Thanks for ur version C, I'd def.keep ur recipe handy :)
    Tc

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  13. I love the photos that you have posted. So colorful.I like the whole effect. I always get my amma's sambar powder every time I visit. Will keep this in file just in case.

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  14. Awesome clicks dear..We add pepper to the above ingredients ...

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  15. hey what a click..too good. thanks so much for sharing the recipe..

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  16. Beautiful pictures, sambar powder is one of the kitchen essentials...home made are always aromatic and spiceeee, love it:)

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  17. Love home made sambhar powder always,we do the same except hing,we add freshly when we make sambhar!

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  18. I love the hand written notes by the side - what a wonderful way to make homemade sambar powder! The pictures look sexy!

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  19. Have linked this in my latest post.

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  20. Thanx for your post. However, this line seems to have an error "4 cups of red chillies measures approx 250gms".... coz 1cup = 250ml. Please clarify
    Thanx in advance

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  21. Dear Anonymous,
    I have corrected the measurements and thank you for pointing it out. Its 10 cups measures approx 200gms.

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