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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sambar Powder (Gun Powder - South Indian Style)

              It is an essential spice mix in any South Indian kitchen. This homemade sambar powder is much better than a store bought powder. Instead of preparing in bulk, it is always better to prepare a fresh batch whenever you happen to make sambar. 

          This way the intense flavour can be preserved. The use of coconut is also recommended to enhance the taste. The ingredients varies from region to region and from one household to the other. sambar powder can also be used in various curry preparation as an added flavour. 

  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds
  • 10 dry red chilies, broken
  • 1/4 cup chana dal
  • 1 tbsp. tuvar dal (yellow pigeon pea lentil)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. oil

          Heat oil in a pan and temper with the asafoetida and turmeric powder.. Then add rest of the ingredients and saute on low flame for a minute or two till you get a nice aroma. Cool and grind into a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.

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