Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe (South Indian Curry Powder)

On Wednesday, 19 March 2008 16:26
Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe (South Indian Curry Powder)
SERVES: 4 cups approximately
TIME: 30 Minutes

The Homemade Sambar Powder is the most basic and important ingredient in making “Sambar”. This spiced powder is made with a blend of roasted coriander seeds, toor dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and few more which adds to this unique taste and exemplifies the taste sambar. Each region, each family, each household has their own variation of this spice blend. This is a very authentic Tamil Brahmin version of sambar powder that mother has perfected over the years of cooking.


  • 3-1/2 cups coriander seeds

  • 1 cup toorr dal

  • 1/2 cup channa dal

  • 1/4 cup fenugreek seeds

  • 1/4 cup white urad dal

  • 1/2 cup mustard seeds

  • 3/4 cup red chilli powder

  • 1/4 cup turmeric powder

  • 1/4 cup whole black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

Directions for Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe

  1. To begin making the Sambar Powder Recipe, we will first dry roast all the ingredients. Roast the 

  2. Roast the toor dal, urad and channa dal all separately in a pan over medium heat until they turn light brown in color and release a roasted aroma. Set aside. Make sure you roast each one of them separately, as they take different times to get roasted well.

  3. Next, roast fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, black pepper corns and cumin seeds until they changed color and release a roasted aroma. Set aside to cool. 

  4. Now blend all the roasted ingredients into a fine powder. Combine the red chilli powder and turmeric powder well into the ground mixture.

  5. The Sambar Powder is now ready to used in a variety of recipes.

  6. Store the Sambar Powder an air tight container and refrigerate/freeze for longer freshness and shelf life.

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