Saturday, 19 April 2014

Home made Sambar Powder / Belesaar Pudi / Udiriso Pudi .... Kitchen Basics

Sambar powder is one of the flavorful ingredient to make Sambar, a popular south Indian lentil based gravy. Each home has their own signature recipe for the sambar pwd. 

Here, I share my mom’s version, which we usually prepare at our home. My mom makes the absolutely best and  mouth-watering sambar!  Typical ingredients of this sambar pwd includes roasted lentils, coriander seeds, dried whole red chillies and other aromatic spices.

Ingredients for Sambar Powder / Belesaar Pudi / Udiriso Pudi:

1/4kg coriander seeds/dhania/dhaniyalu
1/4kg Guntur dried red chillies/lal mirchi/endu mirapakayalu
1/4kg Byadige dried red chillies/lal mirchi/endu mirapakayalu
1/4kg cumin seeds/jeera/jeelakara
100gm mustard seeds/rai/avalu
100gm fenugreek seeds/methi/menthulu
50gm pepper corns/kali mirch/miriyalu
150gm bengal gram dal/channa dal/senaga pappu
100gm split black gram dal/urad dal/minappapu
2tsp turmeric pwd/haldi/pasupu
1 tsp asafoetida/hing/inguva
1 bunch Fresh curry leaves/kadi patta/karivepaaku

To prepare this powder :

1. In a fry pan Dry roast all the above mentioned ingredients separately ( you can adjust red chillies according to your spice level ) except turmeric powder 
2. Make sure that all the ingredients are nicely cooked in a very slow flame, to ensure, just fold the red chilli and it should break in to pieces in no time. If all the ingredients are cooked good they can be powdered easily.
3. Switch off the flame and let all ingredients cool for 10 mins
4. Grind them in to a fine powder.

Tips / Notes:

·        You may sieve it before storing if preferred (unless you are using a heavy duty mixer).
·        Store in an airtight glass jar.
·        Use as required. As with most condiments, use only DRY spoons to increase the shelf life.

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