Hotel Sambhar/Hotel Sambar

Author: kittymatti / Labels:

Hotel Sambhar
Photo Courtesy: My parents

I personally think that this is the best kinda sambhar. My mom and grandmother came up with this recipe. I am sure that you will find this recipe worth the try! It is a great accompaniment with rice, idlis, dosais etc...


Small Onions / kutty vengayam/shallots/ pearl onions/baby onions (1 cup)
1 tomato
2 green chillies
3 red chillies
1 sp dhaniya/coriander seeds
3 tsp coconut grated
Tamarind(1 lemon sized ball extract)
Mustard 1sp
curry leaves-1 sprig
Oil 4 tsp
Methi seeds 1/8 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 sp
Hing 4-5 dashes
Jaggery 1/8 tsp,

toor dal 1/4 cup

Add some oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds. Add curry leaves. Add the onions and tomato. pieces. Saute well. Add the red chillies and green chillies.

After a few min, pick up 2-3 pieces of onions and tomatoes and all the red chillies. Place in a separate cup. Add 1 sp dhaniya(raw) and coconut gratings to the cup along with these pieces of onions, tomatoes and red chillies. Grind them to a wet paste with water. Keep this masala aside.

Pressure cook toor dal. Now in the kadai, which contains the remaining onions, tomatoes and green chillies, add the extract of tamarind, hing, turmeric,salt, 1 sp of sambhar powder. Add the wet paste and let it boil atleast for 20 min. Add the cooked dal and simmer. Add 1/8 tsp jaggery. Garnish with coriander leaves.


Anonymous said...

hi...was just browsing through your recipe...just wanted to know what kind of dal you used....its not on ur ingredients list!!!

kittymatti said...

Hi.. Thanks for that.. I just realised that I didnt write the name of the dal I use. It is toor dal. I have added it now..Thanks again :)

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