Hotel Sambar | Tiffin Sambar ~ Restaurant Style | Step by Step

>>  Monday, June 25, 2012

Being a Madrasi, having a fetish for Sambar is nothing new. However when I see how my colleagues love the Hotel Saravana Bhavan Sambar, makes me wonder if there is a different sambar all together! Afterall a sambar is a simple, everyday dish right!

Hotel Saravana Bhavan is a chain of hotels that specialises in vegetarian food. Their chargers are sky high, yet the place is always crowded. That must show you, how much fanfare the place has. We have a hotel close by and trust me their parcels are much sought out, even if the food packed is very less, not enough to feed a person. Same goes for the side dishes like the sambar or the chutneys. Everything comes in a very small packets.

However it is, there is no doubt that people who eat it loves their sambar. Coming to the recipe for today, it's a sambar made with MTR Sambar powder. This recipe is so quick and can be done in flat 15 mins.
Hotel Sambar
Hotel Sambar

The process used is so simple I always wonder why I have not thought of it myself for my tiffin sambar. As I had already said the sambar Amma makes for Idlis is different from what she makes for Rice. She was making this for a while, before I actually asked her why she has been making this sambar constantly. Then I was told how simple she has made this process.

I realized I had to make this myself and till the powder lasted, I must have made this every other week. 

Making this is very simple. Mix everything in one single bowl, pressure cook and temper! How much simpler can it become?

Hotel Sambar:

Ingredients Needed:

Toor Dal - 1 cup
Sambar Onions/ Pearl Onions - 3/4 cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
MTR Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Tamarind pulp, thick
Fresh coconut, grated - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - handful
Salt to taste

For tempering

Sambar whole spice (Mustard Seeds, Urad dal, cumin, methi) - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves, handful
Asafetida a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp

How to make Sambar:

Wash and pressure the toor dal along with turmeric powder till done. 

Once the pressure falls, mash well, transfer to a bowl. Add the tamarind pulp, chopped tomatoes, peeled small onions, sambar powder, grated coconut, salt and coriander leaves. Add water as per requirement.

Again pressure cook for a whistle. Wait for the pressure to fall down.

Heat a small pan with oil, temper with the sambar whole spice mix. Add curry leaves. Pour this over the cooked sambar. Simmer for 5 mins.

Serve with Idlis

Tiffin Sambar
Tiffin Sambar
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Chef Mireille June 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM  

saambhar looks delicious

Nirmala Gurunathan June 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM  

Lovely and a very tempting one....

Jayanthi June 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM  

I'm trying this recipe and bookmarking it right now. I need such a recipe for busy days. So easy and lovely idea. Thanks to your mom and you for sharing this recipe. Awesome.

Gayathri Kumar June 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM  

Very easy to cook sambar. The plate looks appetizing...

Kalyani June 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM  

I too use MTR sambhar powder somtimes to make Hotel type sambhar, and its always a hit with Idlis / Sambhar..

yummy clicks, Valli !

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R.Punitha June 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM  

Hi Srivalli ,

My favourite breakfast :))

Looks Aawesome!!

Keep on Srivalli..

Rumana Rawat June 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM  

Lovely sambar but i have fall in love with those idli's too...

Priya June 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

Can smell the flavour of this sambar from here, simply inviting.

vaishali sabnani June 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

OMG!...I m loving me for us it is a treat!!...lovely delicious sambar with those beautiful adorable idlis...I m going ga ga over them:)

Sangeetha June 26, 2012 at 2:54 AM  

wow...soft idly n yummy sambar looks too tempting...quick and flavorful sambar...i too have used MTR samabr powder :)
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Vardhini June 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM  

Now for some idlis to go with it :). Looks delicious.

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Cool Lassi(e) June 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM  

That sambhar looks splendid! I am going to try this recipe coming weekend for my Idlis. I have been wanting to making restaurant-style sambhar" for ages!

DivyaGCP June 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM  

Idly and sambhar, the most heavely combo. Sambhar looks very inviting.

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Nalini's Kitchen June 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

Yummy and flavorful sambhar,looks tempting and love to have those soft,white idlys.......

sushma June 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM  

Will surely try this recipe as i too love the taste of hotel sambar

Prabha Mani June 27, 2012 at 4:44 AM  

Very soft idlis..looks pretty with cilantro topped!Tempting platter.

The Pumpkin Farm June 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM  

lovely platter...i use MTR sambhar too sometimes

PJ June 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM  

That platter looks absolutely tempting!!

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi June 28, 2012 at 6:52 AM  

Absolute winner of a breakfast! I never tried this method. For us sambar means loads of veggies :)

Watson emma December 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM  

nice information.i suggest you Hotel in Darjeeling in unbeatable price.

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