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5 from 9 votes

Sambar Powder Recipe

Sambar powder is a flavorful South Indian style spice powder, prepared by grinding an exquisite mix of basic Indian spices.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time24 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Hindu, Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Peanut free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 20
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas




  • Place a big vessel over medium heat. As it heats up, saute the Urad dal (black gram) and chana dal(Bengal gram) until they turn golden brown and place them aside.
  • Saute cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds on medium heat until they turn light golden and place them aside.
  • Sauté (with 1 teaspoon coconut oil) the coriander seeds for 30 seconds and add dry red chilies. Continue to stir until you get a golden yellow hue. Place it aside and saute the dry, washed curry leaves until they turn crispy. Switch off the heat.
  • Place all the spices in a big tray and allow them to cool and blend them in a coffee blender or a high-power blender to a fine texture. Store it in an air-tight container to keep the freshness intact.



  • Use fresh spices to get the best-tasting powder.
  • Be sure to pick the right kind of dry red chilies. If you cannot find the dry byadagi red chilies, try similar red (dried) chilies.
  • Using curry leaves in this recipe is optional. That’s because you could always add fresh curry leaves when you prepare the sambar or curry.
  • You can saute the chilies with coconut oil, but I sauteed them with coriander seeds because it tempers the burning odor from red chilies.
  • I used 5 regular red chilies and 15 byadagi chilies. Use any variety of your choice.
  • Feel free to use 1 whole dry turmeric root to get bright colors.
  • This recipe yields about 240 grams of sambar masala powder.
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg