Idli Sambar
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This is typically served for breakfast in India but with the lifestyle over here I think it's better served as a main for lunch or dinner - great at a dinner party as you can have it all prepped and ready before your guests arrive leaving you time to mingle.
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
  • *Idli
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 cup Urad Dal (white)
  • 1 - 2 tsp Salt
  • A pinch of Baking Soda
  • Oil for greasing
  • *Sambar
  • 2 Cup Tuvar Dal
  • 1 large Tomato
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 Red Chilles
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Tamarind paste
  • 4 tbsp Mixed Vegetables (either fresh or frozen)
  • 1 heaped tsp Garlic / Ginger / Green Chilli paste
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking Oil
  • *Coconut Coriander Chutney
  • 1 fresh coconut (grated)
  • 3 fresh green chilies or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp split peas (roasted)
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt (if you're vegan replace yogurt with 3 tomatoes and a tspof sugar)
  • ½ tsp Salt (adjust To Taste)
  1. For the Idli
  2. Wash and soak the urad dal and rice separately overnight.
  3. Drain rice and dal.
  4. Grind the rice coarsely in a blender.
  5. Blend the dal into a smooth and forthy paste.
  6. Now mix the ground rice and dal making a batter.
  7. Add salt and set aside in a warm place for 8-9 hours for fermenting.
  8. Add the baking soda and stir briskly.
  9. Grease the idli holder and fill each of them with ¾ full of batter.
  10. Steam cook idlis on medium heat for about 12 minutes or until done.
  11. Use a butter knife to remove the idlis.
  12. For the Sambar
  13. Pressure cook the tuvar dal, tomato and salt for three whistles or boil until soft.
  14. When cooked through sieve and set aside.
  15. Heat some oil in a pan, add mustard and Cumin seeds and when they splutter add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric and mixed veg.
  16. Stir fry till softened.
  17. Now tip,in the tuvar dal and allow it to simmer.
  18. Add the tamarind and allow to simmer..
  19. Taste and adjust (you may want to add lemon juice and a tsp of brown sugar)
  20. For the Chutney
  21. Blend all the ingredients coarsely in a food processor.
  22. Taste and adjust as required.
Recipe by Indian Spice Company at