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homemade sambar powder recipe

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe. A quintessential must have spice powder of every South Indian household added to sambar, kulambu, kootu & poriyals.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 1 kgs


  • Round Red Chillies or gundu milagai – 1/2 kg
  • Whole Coriander seeds or dhaniya – 1/2 kg
  • Cumin seeds or jeeragam – 100 gms
  • Black pepper corns or milagu – 100 gms
  • Turmeric stalks or virali manjal – 100 gm
  • Fenugreek seeds or vendhayam – 50 gm
  • Bengal gram dal or kadalai paruppu – 100 gm
  • Raw rice or pacharisi – 100 gms
  • Curry leaves or karuveppilai – 2 fistfuls
  • Rock salt or kal uppu – 1 tsp


  • Dry the chillies, coriander seeds, turmeric stalks and the curry leaves together in hot sun.
  • Dry cumin seeds, black pepper corns, fenugreek, bengal gram dal together in hot sun.
  • On the day you are going to the mill, add raw rice, rock salt and grind it.
  • If you cannot dry in hot sun, you can dry roast all the ingredients individually one after the other except turmeric stalks and rice.
  • Transfer it to a large plate, let it cool down completely, add turmeric and rice before taking it to the mill for grinding.
  • You can also dry roast in a microwave following the same procedure of dry roasting on stove top.