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Hotel style tiffin sambar | easy tiffin sambar is with detailed video and photo recipe. This tiffin sambar recipe is popular in south india. It is also famous in north indian cuisine. It is known as सांभर in hindi and டிபன் சாம்பார் in tamil language.

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                                            Hotel style tiffin sambar description

Hotel style tiffin sambar | easy tiffin sambar is a simple, easy, delicious and tasty side dish for idli, dosa, upma, idiyappam, pongal, etc,. This can also be known as idli dosa sambar recipe. This restaurant style tiffin sambar is prepared with moong dal, toor dal, small onions, tomatoes, tamarind, pumpkin, coconut and spices.

Usually in tiffin sambar recipes, the dals will be cooked separately in pressure cooker and later cooked along with other ingredients. But here in this hotel style sambar recipe, the moong dal and toor dals are soaked in water for few minutes and ground along with the ingredients that are mentioned. There is no need for pressure cooking the dals. This is an unique and easy sambar recipe.

This hotel style sambar (for idli, dosa, pongal) is a mildly spiced side dish. The addition of pumpkin and sambar onions adds an unique taste, flavor and aroma to this simple dish. It is prepared in south indian style (tamilnadu). Potatoes and pumpkins which are added to it makes the sambar thick. Country variety tomatoes are used in this recipe as it will be more juicy and makes the sambar tastes more delicious. It can also be replaced with bangalore variety tomatoes.

The consistency of the sambar can be adjusted according to our preference. If you wish to reduce the thickness the sambar, please add more water. Tiffin sambar hotel style recipe is written from scratch below (in hindi, tamil and english). You may like our hotel sambar recipe.

The taste of this sambar will linger to your taste buds and will make you to prepare it often. Many tiffin centres in south india will prepare tasty sambar using this method. Enjoy this hotel style tiffin sambar at home.

Hotel style tiffin sambar | easy tiffin sambar with step by step video recipe (youtube) is below.

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                  hotel style tiffin sambar | easy tiffin sambar recipe

Cooking time: 18 – 20 minutes

Serves: 3-4


1 cup = 300 ml

1 spoon = 10 ml

1 tsp = 5 ml

1 coffee spoon = 2.5 ml

For preparing tamarind water:

  • Tamarind / इमली / புளி – ¾ (of small lemon size)
  • Water /  पानी / தண்ணீர் – 75 ml

For preparing dal paste:

  • Moong dal / मूंग की दाल / பாசிப்பருப்பு – 1 ½ tsp
  • Toor dal /  pigeon peas / अरहर की दाल / துவரம் பருப்பு – 4 tsp 
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர்  – 20 ml
  • Small onions / sambar onions / छोटा प्याज / சிறிய வெங்காயம் -5
  • Tomato /  टमाटर / தக்காளி (medium sized – country variety)  -2 (chopped)

For roasting and grinding:

  • Sesame oil / gingelly oil / तिल के तेल / நல்லெண்ணெய் – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds / धनिया के बीज / கொத்தமல்லி விதைகள்– ¾ tsp
  • Channa dal /  चना दाल / கடலை பருப்பு – 1 tsp
  • Dry chillies /  लाल मिर्च / சிவப்பு மிளகாய் – 4
  • Coconut (grated) (fresh/dry) / किसा हुआ नारियल / தேங்காய் துருவல் – 1 ½ tsp (heap)
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 30 ml

For preparing tiffin sambar:

  • Sesame / Gingelly oil / तिल के तेल / நல்லெண்ணெய் – 1 spoon (1 spoon= 10 ml)
  • Mustard seeds /  सरसों के बीज / கடுகு – ½ tsp
  • Green Chilli /  हरी मिर्च / பச்சை மிளகாய் -1 (slit)
  • Dry red Chillies /  लाल मिर्च / சிவப்பு மிளகாய்  – 2
  • Sambar / small onions / छोटा प्याज / சிறிய வெங்காயம்  – 10 (chopped)
  • Tomato /  टमाटर / தக்காளி (medium size – country variety) – 1 (chopped)
  • Potato / आलू / உருளைக்கிழங்கு  (medium size) – ¾ (chopped)
  • Carrot / गाजर / கேரட் (medium sized) – ¾ (chopped)
  • Beans / फलियां / பீன்ஸ் – 3 (chopped)
  • Drumstick / सहजन / முருங்கை – 1 (chopped into small pieces)
  • Yellow pumpkin /  कद्दू / பரங்கிக்காய் (chopped) – 1 cup (1 cup = 100 ml)
  • Turmeric powder /  हल्दी पाउडर / மஞ்சள் தூள் – ½ coffee spoon
  • Salt / नमक / உப்பு – required
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 1 ½ cup ( 1 cup = 300 ml)

For tempering:

  • Sesame/ gingelly oil / तिल के तेल / நல்லெண்ணெய் – 1 tsp
  • Hing powder/ asafoetida / हिंग / பெருங்காயம்  – 1/8 coffee spoon
  • Curry leaves / करी पत्ते / கறிவேப்பிலை (chopped) – few

For preparing tamarind water:

  1. Dissolve tamarind in water (75 ml). Filter it to remove solid particles (if any). Tamarind water is ready.

For preparing dal paste:

  1. Soak the toor dal and moong dal with little water (20 ml) for 15 minutes.
  2. Grind the soaked dals along with tomato (2), small onions (5) and the water (20 ml -used for soaking). Toor dal paste is ready.

For roasting and grinding:

  1. Roast the coriander seeds, channa dal, dry chillies and coconut powder with the sesame / gingelly oil until chana dal turns slightly golden brown (it took 3-4 minutes at medium flame) in a kadai. Turn off the flame.
  2. Grind the roasted ingredients with little water (30 ml). Thin liquid ground paste is ready.

For preparing tiffin sambar:

  1. Add sesame / gingelly oil to a kadai and add mustard seeds to it. Allow it to crackle.
  2. Add dry red chillies and green chillies to it. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the sambar/ small onions (10) and sauté until it becomes transparent.
  4. Add tomato (1) to it and water (little) to it. Mix it well and cook until tomatoes becomes soft.
  5. Then, add the vegetables (carrot, beans, drumstick, pumpkin, potato), prepared tamarind water, salt (required for vegetables) and turmeric powder to it. Mix it well.
  6. Add water (1 ½ cup) to it. Cook covered until the vegetables are cooked well (it took 11 minutes at medium flame).
  7. Add the prepared dal paste, liquid ground paste and salt (required for sambar) to it. Mix it well.
  8. Boil it for 2 minutes (until froth appears). Turn off the flame. 

For tempering:

  1. Add hing powder to the gingelly oil /sesame oil (1 tsp) in a pan (at low flame).
  2. Add the curry leaves to it and roast it for 30 seconds and turn off the flame.
  3. Transfer it to the prepared sambar and mix it well. Hotel style tiffin sambar is ready to serve.      
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