Idli Sambar Recipe

Restaurant style

Idli sambar (Tiffin Sambar) is a popular South Indian breakfast combination where fluffy soft idli (savory steamed cake) is served with hot sambar (vegetable lentil stew). It makes a delicious, healthy, comforting, and protein-packed meal.

Easy and delicious

This Tiffin Sambar is

Comfort food

Serve with soft idli, dosa

Restaurant style

Nutritious & healthy meal

Vegan & glutenfree


Rinse the lentils and then pressure cook them in Instant Pot or pressure cooker with water and salt. Whisk once done. Keep aside. 

Step 1-4

Heat oil in a pan and make a tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Add onion and veggies and saute for 2 mins. 

Step 5-8

Stir in tomatoes and cook till soft. Add in spices and saute for a min. Add water, cover, and cook until veggies are done. 

Step 9-12

Add tamarind pulp, cooked dal,  and adjust consistency with water. Bring sambar to a simmer. Finish with jaggery and cilantro and simmer for 5 more mins.

Step 13-16

Delicious Hotel-style Tiffin sambar is ready!! Serve with freshly steamed soft Idlis and chutneys


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Soft idli


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