Home Made Sambar Powder

This is recipe for the traditional sambar powder that is made at home and stored for long term use. Check out another version of sambar powder recipe.  

  • Sambar Powder

    Difficulty: Easy

    The sambar powder is used for making sambar which is served with rice or idli and dosa.

Home Made Sambar Powder

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: Masala PowdersCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This is recipe for the traditional sambar powder that is made at home and stored for long term use.


  • Red Chillies – 1 cup

  • Coriander seeds – ¾ cup

  • Black Pepper – 1 tablespoon

  • Jeera – 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard – 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon

  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Thuvar Dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Asafoetida – 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – 4 springs

  • Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon

  • Oil – two to three teaspoon for frying


  • In a pan add the oil and roast all the ingredients (except turmeric and asafetida) individually on a very low flame.
  • Finally mix all the fried items in the same kadai and add asafetida and turmeric powder and once again mix well.
  • When it is lukewarm, grind to a coarse powder.
  • Store it in an air tight container.


  1. Thank you very much for the recipe. Are you using a rice cooker cup for measuring here?

  2. I tried this sambar Powder yesterday for sambar, Taste was delicious.. even it goes well with idli and dosa by mixing with gingelly oil .. Thank you.

  3. Hi Kamala
    Could you pl post the recipe for rasam powder?

  4. Hi Kamala Mam
    I asked for a homemade rasam powder recipe long before. Could you pl post it soon? Thanks.
    I am tried some recipes from your site. All came out well. I really appreciate your effort.

  5. Awesome kamalamma. I was searching for sambar powder recipe. But most of the sites gave recipe in gm, and for large quantities. This quantity suits for me as I make only for 2 persons, and I dont have access to any rice mills in this place.

  6. Srividhyasundar

    Nice recipe.I always get sambar podi from my Mom.Now I got the recipe. Will you please post the recipe for Bisi bele bhath powder.

  7. Hi madam,
    Nice post. Can you please tell the shelf life of this powder

  8. Hi mam,
    I have tried lots of recipes from ur site everything turned out very good.i have a doubt here does the store bought sambar powder contain dhal ?so can we make this powder omitting the toor dhal n Urdu dhal ?as I think it will thicken the sambar.so while making sambar ,for half cup toor dhal what amt of sambar powder should we add .please reply mam.

    • Thank you for your writing. Store bought sambar powder contain dal, but the quantity may differ Brand to Brand. Some may not contain dal. For half cup thuvar dal, you can add one tablespoon sambar powder. However, if you want more spice, you can increase the quantity.

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