Homemade Sambar Powder – Sambar Podi

November 25, 2014 Podi/Powders  9 comments

Sambar is a must in every South Indian household. This post is about Homemade Sambar Powder / Sambar Podi.. Am sure all of u will agree that homemade is the best and nothing can beat this freshly ground homemade sambar powder. I use it to make Sambar, kootu,poriyal and vatha kuzhambu too. It is a universal powder. Everyone has their own version and this is Amma’s recipe. I always bring a batch from home whenever we go to India.

Now the recipe…


[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 20 mins]


  • Red Chillies – 2 1/2 to 3 cups
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 cup
  • Toor Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Jeera/Cumin Seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Rice – handful
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 2 tsps
  • Pepper Corns – 3 tsp


  • Heat a pan and dry roast red chillies in low flame until they turn slightly brown. Keep it aside. Then dry roast coriander seeds until u get a nice aroma. Keep it aside. Next dry roast toor dal until slightly brown.

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  • Similarly dry roast jeera, pepper corns, fenugreek seeds separately and keep it aside.

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  • Finally roast the rice and keep it aside. Let all the ingredients cool completely.Once cooled, first take the red chillies and grind it coarsely.

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  • Once u grind the red chillies coarsely, add the rest of the ingredients and grind it to a fine powder.

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Let the sambar powder cool for some time and store it in an air tight container.

Freshly ground homemade sambar powder is ready.



  1. U can sun dry the ingredients for 6-7 hours and grind it in a mill if available. I dont have both the facilities so I make it at home as mentioned above.
  2. Make sure not to burn the ingredients while roasting. Else it will spoil the taste of sambar.
  3. Use a clean, dry spoon to handle the sambar powder.
  4. Cool the sambar powder once u grind it by spreading it in a newspaper and then store it in an airtight container.
  5. Adjust red chillies according to your spice levels.

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9 comments to Homemade Sambar Powder – Sambar Podi

  • Suja hari  says:

    Nothing can equate a homemade Sambar powder!!! Authentic recipe!!!

  • aparnarajeshkumar  says:

    Yes agree home made’s are best and i use it to make it for sambhar , curry … amma’s recipe s always perfect

  • Jeena  says:

    Thanks for sharing step by step recipe of the Sambar powder. Actually mine homemade powder doesn’t give a good taste. Will try with your recipe.

  • ritu  says:

    I have never tried making sambar powder at home. This looks nice. I will give it a try soon. 🙂

  • srividya  says:

    Normally we use kadala paruppu instead of toor dhal in sambar powder since kadala paruppu acts as a thickening agent. Any how cooked toor dhal is a must in sambar. kindly clarify.

    • Sundari Nathan  says:

      I have used rice as a thickening agent in my sambar powder. U can skip that and add 1/4 cup of chana dal for the above measurements too. Toor dal gives a unique flavour. I would recommend not to skip that.

      • srividya  says:

        today i made your version of sambar powder and prepared radish sambar. We liked it very much 🙂

        • Sundari Nathan  says:

          Glad u liked it!! Thank u for your feedback..

  • Alboni  says:

    Looks very easy to make at home sambar powder ! Will try it .

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