Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to make Hotel Idli Sambar - Recipe for Hotel Idli sambar

My mom used to make this idly sambar very often. So what is hotel idli sambar? how it is different than normal idli sambar? Actually hotel idli sambar we need to add both toor dal and moong dal. Because of this combination this sambar will be delicious and yummy.


Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium (cut in length wise)
Tomato - 2 (chopped)
Tamarind juice - 3 tsps
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp


1. Carrot - 1 (cut in lengthwise)
2. Drumstick - 1 (cut in lengthwise)


Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2 nos
Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1/4 tsp
Whole black pepper - 4 nos
Coconut (grated) - 3 tsp

For seasoning

1. Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Asafoedita(hing) powder - pinch
Salt to taste.

Method of preparation

1. Wash both dals thoughly in water and soak for 30 minutes.
2. Take a pressure cooker, add soaked dal, onion, tomato, tamarind juice, turmeric, vegetables with some salt and cover the cooker.
3. Meanwhile heat 1/2 spoon of oil in pan and fry coriander seeds, red chillies, jeera(cumin seeds), black pepper together.
4. In a mixi bowl, add the grated coconut and fried ingredients, grind it nicely.
5. Now open the pressure cooker and stir it once. Add the grinded ingredients to the dal mixture and mix it well. If the mixture is so thick and then add a cup of water. Cook this mixture for 5 mins in a medium flame.
6. Heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Allow them to crackle and then add urad dal and hing. Once urad dall gets into golden color, swtich off the stove and pour it in a sambar. Add some curry and coriander leaves, mix it well.

That's it. The yummy hotel Idli sambar is ready!!!

If you like ghee then you can add one or two tsps of ghee at last.


  1. Super flavorful sambar idli,makes me hungry

  2. Idli and sambar....great combination…my all time fav breakfast :)


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