Instant Sambar Mix


Need a recipe that is just perfect for busy days? Try this amazing Instant Sambar Mix by Chef Neha Deepak Shah to whip up the tastiest sambar in no time!

This mix is a must-have for those living in hostels and for travellers who often crave homemade foods. Chef Neha says that the reason she loves this recipe is because all it needs is for you to add water and some veggies and boil it for a few minutes to have a comforting meal ready.

Chef Neha has made this recipe in the Stahl Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai, which is India’s 1st lightweight cast iron kadhai. It is easy to use, needs minimal maintenance, is easy to clean, and most importantly rust free!

This recipe makes 6-9 servings of delicious sambar. Let’s check out how it’s made!

Preparation for Instant Sambar Mix

  1. Measure all the ingredients given below and have them ready before making the mix.
  2. Heat the Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai on low flame. 

Ingredients for Instant Sambar Mix

For the Mix

  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 4 to 5 Dried Red Chillies
  • 8 to 10 Curry Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 Lime sized ball of dry tamarind
  • Salt , A Little Black Salt
  • Jaggery is optional 

For the Tadka

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 10 to 12 Curry Leaves
  • Few Whole Red Chillies

For Making the Sambar

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 10 to 12 Shallots
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 cup Veggies (I used pumpkin & drumsticks)
  • 750 ml Water
  • 3 big spoons of Sambar mix
  • Some chopped Coriander
  • Salt to taste 

How to Make Instant Sambar Mix

  • Dry roast the toor dal in the Stahl Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai until it is fragrant.
  • Add in the rest of the sambar mix ingredients and roast them all till they are fragrant.
  • Cool this mixture and then grind it.
  • Heat some oil in the Stahl Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai and add the tadka ingredients.
  • Then, add the ground toor dal mixture and mix it well.
  • Cool this mixture too and store it in an airtight container.

How to Make Sambar Using the Instant Sambar Mix

  • For making the sambar, heat some oil in the Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai and add the shallots, tomatoes, and the vegetables and some water.
  • Then, add the instant sambar powder, mix, and cook it for 7-8 minutes.

Tips to Make Instant Sambar Mix

  • You can wash & dry the dal a day prior if you’d like.
  • Do not dry heat the Blacksmith Hybrid Kadhai once it is hot. Always start on a low flame to maintain it longer.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients until chillies & curry leaves are crisp & brittle.
  • Cool the mix before grinding & filling in the jar.

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