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idli sambar



Idli Sambar is a popular South Indian dish that consists of steamed, rice and lentil-based dumplings called Idli, and a flavorful lentil soup known as Sambar. This dish provides a balanced meal, as it includes essential nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Plus, it's easily digestible, making it a popular breakfast or brunch choice. The tangy and spicy Sambar pairs perfectly with the soft and fluffy idlis.

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For Idli

idli rice

2 cups

urad dal (black gram)

1 cup

fenugreek seeds

1 teaspoon

Salt to taste For Sambar

toor dal (pigeon pea)

1 cup

mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, drumstick, etc.)

2 cups

sambar powder

2 tablespoons




A pinch

Salt to taste

tamarind paste

1 tablespoon

mustard seeds

1 teaspoon

A few curry leaves



Step 1:

Soak the rice and dal separately for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 2:

Grind both separately to a smooth paste and mix together with salt.

Step 3:

Let the batter ferment for 8-10 hours.

Step 4:

Next, pour the batter into greased idli moulds and steam for 10-12 minutes. For Sambar

Step 5:

Cook the dal and vegetables in a pressure cooker.

Step 6:

In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves.

Step 7:

Add the chopped tomato, sambar powder, tamarind paste, and salt.

Step 8:

Add the cooked dal and vegetables and bring it to a boil.

Step 9:

Serve the hot Idlis with the Sambar.

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