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Tiffin Sambar

Tiffin Sambar

Tiffin sambar mainly differs from other sambars in the use of Tamarind and masala.  No tamarind should be added to this Tiffin sambar because sourness in tomatoes would be sufficient to give the desired taste.  The recipe follows.

tiffin sambar

Recipe For :2

Preparation Time : 20 minutes


Toor Dal              - 1 cup
Big Onion            - 1
Tomato                - 1
Carrot                  - 1 (Medium Size)
DrumStick           - 1
Mustard Seeds     - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal              - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds  - 1/2 tsp
Green Chili          - 1
Curry Leaves       - few
Coriander Leaves - few
Turmeric Powder  - 1/4 tsp
Salt                        - As required
Asafoetida             - a pinch (Hing /Perungayam)
Oil                         - 1 tbsp

To Grind:

Tomato                 - 1
Dry Red Chili       - 2
Coriander Seeds   - 1/4 tsp (Malli)
Fried Gram           - 1/2 tsp (Pori Kadalai)
Grated Coconut    - 2 tbsp


  • Cook well Toor Dal with a pinch of asafoetida, turmeric powder and a tsp of Gingely Oil.
  • Chop Big onion Lengthwise. Slit Green Chili. Chop  carrot and drumstick into bigger size pieces. You can also use any other vegetables. Chop finely one tomato.
  • Dry roast Dry red chili, Coriander seeds and grated Coconut. Grind it with another tomato and fried gram.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, Urad dal and Fenugreek seeds to it.
  • When they splutter add asafoetida. Add also chopped onions and curry leaves.
  • When they turn translucent, add chopped vegetables.
  • Saute it for some time and then add chopped tomatoes.
  • Cover with a lid and cook it. When the vegetables are half done, add enough salt, turmeric powder and ground masala.
  •  Saute till raw flavor goes off and after that add it to cooked dal. Add enough water and cook everything for a whistle.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with Idli or Dosai of your choice.