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Monday, November 5, 2012

Homemade Sambar Powder / Sambhar Podi

Today I am posting here a simple recipe of Homemade sambar powder / Sambhar podi. Sambar powder is the mix of lentils and spices which makes the sambar more aromatic and flavorful. There are different versions of sambar powder (Sambar podi) available, each with different ratios of spices and lentils. The version I am posting today has the ratio that I follow. 
Here is the link to recipe of Sambhar using Sambhar podi.

Sambar Powder
What are the ingredients needed for Sambar Powder (Sambar Podi) ?

Coriander seeds, 1 cup
Whole red Chillies, 1 cup
Chana dhal, 1.5 Tablespoon
Urad dhal, 1.5 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons
Black pepper, 2 tablespoons
Fenugreek seeds, 1.5 teaspoons
Turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida, 1/2 teaspoon

Sambar Powder
How Sambar Powder is made?
  1. Dry roast chana dhal, urad dhal in a low heat till they lightly change in color.
  2. Then roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper, fenugreek seeds till they lightly change color and give nice aroma.
  3. Then lastly roast the red chillies.
  4. Let them all cool completely. 
  5. Now grind them all together with turmeric and asafoetida.
  6. The ground powder may be warm, let it cool.
  7. Store them in a air tight container  and use.


  1. Homemade sambar powder is always the best

  2. this is great.my mom add little roasted rice to it and make powder.this gives more thickness to it.

  3. Aromatic and perfect sambar powder...

  4. Homemade is always the best. Nice one

  5. Good post thank u for sharing

  6. Good one...love homemade podis...

  7. Divya I have never tried to do sambar podi at home, i think it is high time i do it :) nice clicks dear

  8. Homemade sambar powder is always fresh flavourful.

  9. wow nice podi and flavourful...

  10. nice clicks divya! saw the pics in foodgawker too.

  11. I like homemade to store bought anyday, thanks for sharing Divya!

  12. We too make similarly. Truly aromatic :)

  13. Super flavourful podi,nothing will beat the homemade ones.

  14. sounds very flavorful, i rarely make this kind of spice powders...lovely presentation!!

  15. Love this sambhar podi looks perfect.

  16. Which brand of asafoetida or hing or perungayam is best for sambar podi

  17. hi divya, how do you add this podi to make sambar? can you tell that also.


    1. @Priya.. I have updated the post with the link to the recipe of Sambar using this sambar podi.. hope this is helpful.. Do try and give me your feed back.. Thank you.. :)


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