Pottukadalai Sambar | Instant Tiffin Sambar

Sambar is definitely a best combination with all south Indian breakfasts. But pressure cooking dal /lentil and further cooking with  vegetables and tamarind water takes a little longer time. 
Pottukadalai / Instant sambar is an easy and fast procedure to make exactly similar Tiffin Sambar. The sambar is so simple, it doesn't call for lentil and tamarind. The fried gram/pottukadalai gives the thickness and taste to the sambar. Make a paste of fried gram with coconut and sambar podi, add to cooking onion and tomato gravy. Add salt to bring out the delectable aroma. Garnish with coriander and serve.

Pottukadalai Sambar | Instant Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Preparation & Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Yield : serves 2


Onion - 1 large,thinly sliced
Tomato - 2 medium, finely chopped
Vegetables - 1 cup(optional)
Turmeric Powder - 1/3 tsp
Salt To Taste
Oil - 1tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/3 tsp
Mustard - 1/2  tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dried Red Chilli - 1, broken into pieces
Curry Leaves, few sprigs
Coriander for garnish

To Grind: 
Sambar Powder - 1tbsp
Fried Gram / Pottukadalai - 2tbsp
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1tbsp


  1. Blend the fried gram, coconut with sambar powder to coarse paste. Mix the paste with enough water to avoid any clumps. Keep aside.
  2. Heat a deep pan with oil. Add mustard, when it starts to splutter add cumin, asafoetida and red chilli. Add onions and fry till it becomes transparent. Add vegetables(optional) at this stage, sprinkle little salt to cook fast.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute well. Add the turmeric and ground paste.
  4. Add around 2 cups of water or more as needed to the sambar thickness. Allow it to cook for around 8-10 minutes over medium fire. 
  5. Garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
  6. Serve with Idli / Dosa /Pongal / upma of your choice.


  • If you don't have sambar powder use chilli powder(1 tsp) + corinader powder.
  • Adding vegetables like carrot, beans, brinjals is optional. {I generally don't add vegetables for this instant sambar.}

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