Hotel Style Tiffin Sambhar

Hotel Style Tiffin Sambhar

Also Known As: Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar. Idly Sambar. Tiffin Sambhar, Thanni Sambhar.


Mixed Vegetables (Eggplants, Pumpkin & Drumsticks)
Indian Green chilies 3, slicedCarolina Cooking 418
Pearl onions, sliced thinly
Country tomatoes 2, crushed
Thuvar dhall 1 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Tamarind paste 1/2 tsp
Oil few spoons

To Be Toasted and Powdered:

Fenugreek seeds 2 tsp
Coriander seeds 2 tsp

To Temper:

Oil few spoons
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 pinch
Asafoetida 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves few.

To Garnish:

Cilantro leaves few
Grated coconut 2-4 tsp


  1. Cook thuvar dhall on stove top, without using any lid over low-medium heat…until tender. Do not use pressure cooker. Its gonna be slow-cooking…sure this method imparts considerable flavor.
  2. In a wide vessel, heat oil. Add chilies, onions and tomatoes…fry real good. Once the onions are brown and tomatoes wilt…add salt, turmeric and chili powders.
  3. Further add the vegetables plus 1 cup of water. Cover and cook.
  4. Add cooked dhall, tamarind paste and powdered spices. Once the vegetable is done till tender…remove from heat and top them with tempered spices. Garnish them as you please.
  5. Serve to go with your idlies or dosas.

Carolina Cooking 419


8 Responses so far.

  1. Umm Mymoonah says:

    I love this Hotel Style Sambhar, looks very yummy.

  2. Chitra says:

    Thank you for the recipe. :-)

  3. Priya says:

    Yumm, such a tempting and wonderful looking sambar..

  4. Jisha says:

    sambar looks perfect and delicious…very nice..

  5. Sambhar…mmm yummm! Perfect with some rice and anchovies sambal! :D

  6. divya says:

    looks very tempting and delicious dear….

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