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Tiffin Sambar

Saravana bhavan Sambar | Tiffin Sambar

A Delicious Tiffin Sambar or Saravana bhavan Sambar which goes great with idly and Dosa. A Perfect Side dish for Breakfast
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword hotel sambar, how to make sambar for idli, idli sambar, tiffin sambar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 275kcal


  • 1/4 cup Toor dal
  • 8 Shallots
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 cup Carrot chopped
  • 1/2 cup Beans chopped
  • Salt as required
  • 2 tbsp Oil

Make a Paste :

  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Gram Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Raw Rice
  • 1/4 tsp Peppercorns
  • 4 Dry red chillies
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • few Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Vadagam optional
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut


  • In a pressure cooker, add Toor dal, turmeric powder and a tsp of oil. Cook for 4 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. Then mash the dal.
  • Now add carrot and beans. Cook for 2 more whistle. Keep this aside.
  • In a pan, add oil. Once hot, add items under “make a paste” except coconut. Fry till dal turns golden. Add coconut before switching off the heat. Let it cool
  • Once cooled, grind to a fine paste adding ¼ cup or more water.
  • In a pan, add oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds, split urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add onions and sauté till translucent.
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Let the oil separate from the onion tomato gravy.
  • Add mashed Toor dal and vegetables.
  • Add the masala and 1 ½ cup of water and bring it to boil.
  • Simmer for 5 mins and switch off the heat. Garnish with Coriander leaves.


Serve with idly/dosa or any breakfast recipes.
You can find the recipe for Desiccated Coconut here.