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Tiffin Sambar is a typical South Indian homestyle sambar prepared with moong dal and vegetables using freshly prepared sambar powder. It’s one of the easiest sambar recipe that can be prepared for morning breakfast. Most importantly the aroma of freshly ground spice powder adds flavours to this Sambar. Vegetables used for this sambar are mainly Carrot , Beans , Potato, Brinjal and Drumsticks . You can use any  mixed vegetables as per availability.

Tiffin Sambar

This sambar is not similar to the sambar that is served along with Idli in Restaurants as Idli – Sambar.  Because Toor Dal is used to prepare restaurant style Sambar for Idli  but here moong dal is used as main ingredient. But this is a kind of Tiffin sambar which is a most generic sambar hence it can be served as a side dish with any kind of South Indian Breakfast like Idli , Pongal , Dosa or even Upma.

 I often prepare this Tiffin Sambar for morning breakfast as a side dish for Rice Idli or Dosa or Pongal. This is a very mild sambar and kids would love this sambar. Also the amount of  tamarind paste used here is very less when compared with regular sambar. 

After being a Nutritionist , my view towards food and eating habits has totally changed. Clean eating and right cooking methods are what I have learnt , adapted and developed these days .

Sambar is most healthiest dish to incorporate in diet  because spices and tamarind juice has has its own set of health benefits. Sambar , is an elixir of health . It benefits the health by better digestion , relief from gas and flatulence. Also good source of protein by lentils , immunity boosters like turmeric, cumin seeds and also vitamin, minerals from vegetable stew.

Other typical Karnataka Style South Indian Curries / Saaru  recipes shared on my blog are : Molake Hurali Kaalu Saaru | Spicy Horsegram Curry , Massoppu Saaru | Assorted Greens Sambar and  Hurali Bas Saaru | Stewed Horsegram Curry .

RECIPE CARD FOR TIFFIN SAMBAR

Tiffin Sambar – Moong Dal Sambar

Tiffin Sambar is a typical  South Indian homestyle sambar prepared with lentils and vegetables. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South India
Keyword: Curries, Sambar
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Muktha H S

Ingredients

For Pressure Cooking Dal

  • 1/3 cup Moong Dal
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil
  • 1.5 Cups Water

For Sambar

  • 1 No Onion chopped , medium size
  • 1 No Tomato ,medium size
  • 2 No’s Green Chillies
  • 1 No Potato medium size
  • 1 No Carrot Small
  • 4-5 No’s Beans
  • 1 Tsp Tamarind firmly pressed and juice extracted
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp Organic Jaggery Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt or as required
  • Water as required

For Tempering

  • 2 Tsp Oil / Ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing

For Sambar Powder

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 4 No’s Dry Red Chillies Guntur
  • 1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera seeds , Optional

Instructions

  • Soak 1 Tsp of tamarind in  1/2 cup water for 15-20 minutes . Extract the juice and set aside.
  • Whilst rinse and wash moong dal , add turmeric powder , oil and water .
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles , allow pressure to settle down on its own . Open the lid and mash dal lightly.
  • Meanwhile dry roast all the chana dal , coriander seeds , red chillies and methi seeds till fragrant . Don’t burn the spices.  
  • In a small mixer jar , blend the dry roasted spices to fine powder.
  • Heat oil / ghee in a kadai  ,add mustard seeds once it crackles , now add jeera seeds , curry leaves and hing.
  • Add chopped onion and green chillies , saute till onions turn translucent.
  • Now add in all chopped veggies , tomatoes  , turmeric powder and  cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Pour extracted tamarind juice and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add 1 cup water to the sambar powder , mix well and  this into the vegetables. 
  • Bring it to boil , now add cooked dal ,salt as required and  mix well .
  • Add water as required , adjust the consistency , continue to cook  for 5 more minutes and turn of the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Pongal , Idli  or Sambar.

Step by Step directions on making of Tiffin Sambar :

Soak 1 Tsp of tamarind in  1/2 cup water for 15-20 minutes . Extract the juice and set aside.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Whilst rinse and wash moong dal , add turmeric powder , oil and water .

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Pressure cook for 3 whistles , allow pressure to settle down on its own . Open the lid and dal should be mushy.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Meanwhile dry roast allthe chana dal , coriander seeds , red chillies and methi seeds till fragrant . Don’t burn the spices.  

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

In a small mixer jar ,blend the dry roasted spices to fine powder.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Heat oil / ghee in akadai  ,add mustard seeds once it crackles , now add jeera seeds , curry leaves and hing.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Add chopped onion and green chillies , saute till onions turn translucent.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Now add in all chopped veggies , tomatoes  , turmeric powder and  cook for 3-4 minutes.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Pour extracted tamarind juice and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Add 1 cup water to the sambar powder , mix well and add this into the vegetables. 

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Bring it to boil , now add cooked dal ,salt as required and  mix well .

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Add water as required ,adjust the consistency , continue to cook  for 5 more minutes and turn of the heat.

Tiffin Sambar Recipe

Finally , garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Pongal , Idli  or Sambar.

Tiffin Sambar
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