Learn how to make 1 Plate delicious Idli Sambar with this easy recipe.

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Idli Sambar is one of the most popular dishes in South India. It is usually eaten as breakfast and served with a variety of chutneys and sambar. Idli is very easy to make and is also beneficial for health.

Ingredients for making Idli:

  • Urad dal (brihat): 1 cup
  • Rice: 2 cups (any rice can be used)
  • Fenugreek seeds: 1 tsp
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Oil: For spreading on idli plates.

How to make Idli :

  • First wash urad dal and rice separately and soak for 4-5 hours.
  • Blend the soaked rice and urad dal well in a blender. You can also blend fenugreek seeds.
  • After blending, pour the mixture into a large bowl. It will be like a thick paste.
  • Allow the mixture to ferment for 8-12 hours. During this time it will swell.
  • After fermentation, add salt to it.
  • Apply a little oil on the plate of the idli stand. Pour the mixture into it.
  • Steam in steamer for 10-15 minutes. When the idli is cooked, take it off the stand and serve it hot.

Sambar: The best accompaniment to idli:

Sambar is a delicious and nutritious South Indian curry, which goes very well with idlis. Sambar takes some time to make but tastes amazing.

Ingredients for making sambar:

  • Tur dal: 1 cup
  • Onion: 2 (chopped)
  • Tomatoes: 2 (chopped)
  • Carrots, cut long: 1 cup
  • Potatoes: 1 cup (shredded)
  • Drumsticks: 2-3 (cut into small pieces)
  • Capsicum: 1 (chopped)
  • Eggplant: 1 cup (cut into small pieces)
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Mustard Seed: 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds: 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves: 8-10
  • Red Chillies: 2-3
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Sambar masala: 2 tbsp
  • Asafoetida: 1 pinch
  • Tamarind paste: 2 tbsp
  • Salt: As per taste.

Method of making sambar:

  • First, wash the tur dal well and cook it in a pressure cooker. Once the dal is cooked, mix it well.
  • Heat oil in a large pot. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves to it.
  • After it boils, add chopped onions and fry until golden.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Then add carrot, potato, drumstick, capsicum, brinjal and saute until the vegetables are slightly soft.
  • Saute the masala well by adding turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, sambar masala and hing.
  • When the vegetables and masala are well mixed, add the boiled dal.
  • Make a thin broth by adjusting the amount of water. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add tamarind paste and salt and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • If desired, can add grated coconut.
  • Once the sambar is ready, serve it hot.

Serving idli sambar:

To serve idli sambar place the hot idli on a large plate and add the sambar. Idli served with chutney and podi enhances the taste. Sambar goes well with idli, as well as dosa, upma, and rice

Idli Sambar as healthy food:

Idli sambar are not only tasty but also healthy. Idli contains protein and carbohydrates which provide energy to the body. As sambar is made with a variety of vegetables and pulses, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Variations of Idli Sambar:

Idli sambar recipes vary slightly in different regions of South India. In some places semolina is used in idli, while in some places coconut paste is mixed in sambar. You can customize the sambar using different vegetables and spices.


Fermentation: Keep the idli batter in a warm place while fermenting. It will help to ferment well.
Sambar taste: After adding the tamarind paste to the sambar, boil it for a while, so that the sour taste blends well.
Healthy Alternatives: You can use brown rice or ragi to make healthy idlis.


Idli Sambar is a natural, healthy and nutritious dish that the whole family will love. It can be easily made at home with simple methods and readily available materials. Idli and sambar are a perfect example of South Indian cuisine combining taste and nutrition. You can add it to your daily diet and will be appreciated by everyone in the family.

Hope this recipe will be useful for you. Enjoy the taste by making it at home and share it with others too.

Learn how to make 1 Plate delicious Idli Sambar with this easy recipe.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 hrs Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 15 hrs 45 mins


How to make delicious Idli Sambar with this easy recipe. Enjoy the traditional taste of soft idlis and spicy sambar, perfect for any meal.

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