For all the avid fans of South Indian food dishes, you must know how to make Sambar. It is one of the most common accompaniment served with idli, uttapa or dosa. The core ingredient required to make Sambar at home is the Sambar Powder or the Sambar Masala. The entire taste of Sambar relies on this one spice-mix powder that goes into its making. This Sambar powder recipe is easy to follow and needs only few common condiments.
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The key to make the tasty and scrumptious Sambar in the Sambar Powder. Even the entire preparation of Sambar gets simpler if you have Sambar Powder in your kitchen. It is an easy to make spice mix powder. If you are looking to prepare the Sambar quickly, then you must learn how to make authentic Sambar powder at home. This aromatic spice powder is used specially to make Sambar but you can use it for any other South Indian varieties as well.
The homemade Sambar masala is always fresh and aromatic when compared with store bought. To prepare Sambar masala at home, you need to dry roast the whole spices. It is a tangy and a tarty mixture of various spices which are added while preparing Sambar. It is quite handy and useful if Sambar is one of your staple food. This homemade version of samba powder is healthy and hygienic. You can make it in bulk and store in an airtight glass jar. The blend of various spices provides heat and warmth in the body.
This spice mix powder can be added with various vegetables and lentils during the preparation of Sambar to enhance its flavour. The spice powder has a bit of coarse texture. The most basic Indian condiments are roasted and grinding to prepare the Sambar Powder. You can add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorn, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, and coconut along with lentils. All the various spices infuse flavours and fragrance in the Sambar Powder. You can make this powder with humble and subtle spiciness as well.
- Always use the fresh spices to make the best Sambar powder.
- As soon as the Masala cools down, store in the jar.
- Use the dry spoon while adding masala to the jar.
- After adding the Sambar masala in jar, tap the jar.
- You may shake the jar properly for powder to settle.
- Also you must store Sambar powder in small container.
- Whenever you take out Sambar powder, use dry and clean spoon.
- It is very important to closely tight the lid of the container.
- You can store this powder at room temperature.
- Do not skip to add red chillies or black pepper.
Add the Sambar Powder whenever you are making the spicy and hot vegetable Sambar. You can sprinkle this Sambar masala powder in various south Indian curries and gravy dishes. You can a pinch of Sambar masala powder in stir-fries or simple dishes. The addition of Sambar masala can enrich the taste of the roasted or grilled vegetables as well. It can also be stirred into mashed potatoes smeared with melted butter.
Once the Sambar Powder is ready, you can use it in place of homemade Rasam powder used for making of Rasam like:
For the serving of 3 to 4 person, you can add 1 tbsp. of Sambar powder.
- You must use the heavy bottomed thick pan for roasting spices.
- Do not refrigerate the Sambar Powder.
- Keep the container of Sambar powder in the kitchen cupboard.
- Store the powder in your everyday masala box.
- For the less spicy Sambar powder, use Kashmiri red chillies.
- Adding too many Methi seeds can make the powder bitter.
- You must clean coriander seeds, cumin seed and fenugreek seeds.
- The spices should smell aromatic.
- The dry red chillies must not have any molds.
- The dry red chillies must not be moist.
- You may add salt to the Sambar Powder but only a pinch.
No other combination of spices can beat this flavourful and aromatic Sambar powder. There is a perfect combination of various spices in this homemade Sambar powder recipe. The whole spices used for making this powder are roasted to give the authentic flavour. The blend of all these spices do give heat to the body but it does not have too much heat as well.
At times, we may wonder that why to work hard and make the masala powder at home when it’s readily available. But homemade Sambar powder is way healthier and economical than the store bought. Also, it can be prepared without any additives and preservatives. In the homemade Sambar Powder, you can be flexible with the ingredients and their proportions. You can make it less spicy or make with more heat, it shall taste wonderful.
Also, you can roast the spices of your choice. Even you may roast with the method that is preferred to you. These whole spices can be roasted in pan, or you can let them dry naturally in the sun. At times, you may also keep them in oven to dry roast. The order in which you want to roast is also dependent on your choice. You can roast lentils first and spices or you can roast spices first and then lentils. You must roast the spices and lentils till they are aromatic but you must not burn them.
The spices would become bitter if they are burned. Also, if you over roast them, they would turn too crisp. So you must be careful while roasting the spices and the lentils. Always roast these spices on a low flame to avoid burning and over roasting. Once these ingredients are roasted, you must allow them to cool. Do not grind the spices in haste without letting them cool. Then grind everything together or separately. It is quite easy and simple to grind the roasted spices as compared with the un-roasted spices.
This Sambar Powder is extremely easy to prepare once you are done with roasting. You must not skip the roasting of the spices, it is of very much importance. There is no substitution or alternative to roasting of these ingredients. The entire taste of the Sambar Powder is dependent on how you roast these spices. Even roasting separately and roasting together always make a difference in taste. Dry roasting the spices helps them to become aromatic and flavourful. It releases the hidden oil in these spices. So roasting the dry spices is very crucial for making Sambar Powder at home.