Idli sambar

Idli sambar is one of the well-known traditional breakfast recipes of South India. This tasty and healthy classic combination of idli and sambar has achieved widespread popularity in the country. The taste of steamed and soft idlies dipped in aromatic sambar is truly unmatched. Today, no matter which Indian city you visit, you will find this idly sambar there.

Have you seen sometimes, Idli and sambar served separately in a plate and bowl or idlies dipped in the sambar?. This combination is called the way it is served. When Idli and sambar are served separately it’s called “idli-sambar” and when the idlies are served dipped in the sambar it’s called “sambar-idli”.

Idli sambar – A healthy combination.

Idli sambar is not only delicious but also has amazing health benefits. If you are looking for a healthy breakfast then this deserves your attention.
Idlies are made with rice fermented with pulses/dal. It is low in calory, high in protien. Since it is steamed no oil is used and fermentation helps in easy digestion.

Sambar is made of pulses/dal and many varieties of vegetables,

The dal used in the sambar is high in vegetarian protein, which are required for muscle growth, repair, and weight loss too. The vegetables are of fibrous and rich in antioxidants, which is good for heart and cholesterol

Also, read about Mangalore Southekai Curry – Which is in Konkani called Mogem Losun Miri

Healthy Idly Sambar

Idli Sambar

Recipe by Rovena FernandesCourse: BreakfastCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • Ingredients for sambar powder (No.1)
  • 5-6 Red chillies

  • 3 tbsp Coriander

  • 1 Tsp Jeera

  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard

  • 1/2 Tsp Methi

  • 1 Tsp Channa Dal

  • 1 Tsp Urad Dal

  • 1 Tsp Moog Dal

  • 1 Tsp Rice

  • 3 springs Curry leaves

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • Vegitables and Dhal ingredients (No.2)
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal

  • 2 Tblsp Moong Dal

  • 1/4 kg mixed Vegetable of carrot, beans, capsicum, potatoes

  • 2 Green chillies

  • 1 inch Ginger

  • 6 Bimbli or half lemon sized Tamarind (gives sour taste, tamarind can be used instead). Bimbli in the picture below,bimbli

  • 3 Tomato

  • 1 Onion

  • Salt as per taste

  • Ingredients for Seasoning
  • 1 spring Curry leaves

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard

  • 1/2 tsp Hing

  • 4 Crushed garlic


  • Soak Dhal for 2 hours. (Vegetables and Dhal mentioned in ingredients No.2)
  • Fry the ingredients (Ingredients for sambar powder No.1) in oil add turmeric powder and grind to a fine powder.
  • Add chopped vegetable and soaked dhal and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Add Sambar powder and cook for some time.
  • Season with curry leaves, mustard, Hing and crushed garlic.

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  1. South Indian food maniacs are sure to enjoy this recipe you have shared. The sambhar in the picture looks just perfect. The best part about Sambhar is that it helps you get so much nutrition through the variety of lentils and vegetables. Keep sharing such posts of traditional Indian recipes.

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