Tiffin Sambar – Guest Post for Subhasmita Panigrahi at The Flavours of my Kitchen

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A few weeks back Subhasmita from The Flavours of my Kitchen asked me if I would like to do a guest post for her blog, I instantly agreed to it. Me and Subha got connected over FB over a year ago. I immensely admire her work. My favorite being her amazing bread recipes, as I share the same passion for baking bread, I’m in love with her breads. You should go check out this No Knead Rustic bread without fail. Oh, I can’t stop looking at the bread! It’s outstanding, gorgeous!

When I agreed to do a guest post I knew I will be sharing one of my favorite recipe which is my mom’s signature dish, a family favorite – tiffin sambar. My family, friends love this sambar.

Tiffin Sambar

Our festival days must have this tiffin sambar accompanied with idli and vada for the breakfast. I cant imagine a single diwali when mom did not make this sambar and idli. Special day starts with a most delicious flavor packed shallots sambar to go with ‘the most softest’ idli’s. My mom makes THE BEST idli’s in the whole wide world and we all love our idli’s with mom’s special idli sambar or tiffin sambar.

This sambar is unique! The podi (or powder) to add in making this sambar is the secret behind the bold flavor and taste of this dish.

Tiffin Sambar

The specialty of this sambar(or any Tamil Nadu style sambar) is the delicious, fragrant, flavor packed ‘sambar podi’ and also we use only shallots while making sambar. At home usually tiffin sambar does not hold any vegetables. If you are a spice lover, you can increase the amount of red chili powder and also the measure of ‘sambar podi’. The nutty flavor packed sambar with hot idli, and a dribble of ghee…i call it HEAVEN!

It goes just perfect with dosas, pongal, upma’s too.



1 cup toor dal

6 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 cup shallots

1 big tomato

2 sprig curry leaves

1 teaspoon red chili powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Salt to taste

3 to 4 tablespoon tiffin sambar powder

2 teaspoon tamarind juice

1 tablespoon oil


For tiffin sambar powder

6 dried red chilies

1 ½ tablespoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

2 tablespoon Bengal gram (channa dal)

2 tablespoon black pepper corns


For tempering

1 teaspoon oil

1 sprig curry leaves

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Generous pinch asafetida

2 dried red chilies

1 teaspoon fine slices onion

For detailed recipe hop on to Subha’s The Flavours of My Kitchen space.   You will definitely love this flavor packed, spicy, easy to make, finger licking tiffin sambar. Your mornings are just gonna be delicious! :D

Tiffin Sambar



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