Tiffan sambar( no dal)

This is my MIL s recipe. Before marriage for me, sambar means , only with dal . But this was new to me when I went to my husband’s home. This goes well with idli and dosa.




Onion – 1/2 cup chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt –  as required

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – few

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

To grind

Coconut – 1/4 cup grated

Tomato – 1 medium sized

Roasted channa dal/ pottu kadalai – 2 tbsn

Dry Red chilli – 1

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Cinnamon – a small piece

Cloves – 2

Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp

Jeera – 1/2 tsp

Khus khus – 1/4 tsp

Ginger – a small piece

Garlic – 3 pods


  • Grind all ingredients under ‘to grind’ except tomato to coarse.
  • Then add tomato and grind to smooth.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add onions and sauté till golden.
  • Then add ground coconut paste and required water.
  • Add turmeric powder.
  • Let it boil till raw smell goes.
  • Add required salt.
  • Add coriander leaves and switch off.
  • Serve with idli or dosa.





  1. This sambar will thicken as boils, so add water accordingly.
  2. My dry red chilli is very spicy, so adjust yours as required.



20 thoughts on “Tiffan sambar( no dal)

      1. Sure I will,I love any kinds of Sumber ,if I’m in a restaurant and having dosa or idly,I will ask for samber at least 3 to 4 times or until the person who is serving gets annoyed ..your Samber recipe is quite unique,loved it.😃

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