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
  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
  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.


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

  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?

  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.

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

  10. beautiful picture

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Have linked this in my latest post.

  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

  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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