Sambar Masala

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Sambhar Masala


I love to use home-made masala’s in my recipes, as it lends its own unique taste and aroma to the dish. I regularly use my mom’s Garam Masala ,  also prepare my own Roasted Cumin powder and Coriander Masala Powder at home. I used to buy Sambar and Rasam Masala, but was always in search of an authentic or traditional recipe as the true flavours lie in them. So when I hopped on to The Food Samaritan (more details below), I didn’t knew my patience was about to be rewarded. Though I was initially tempted to prepare the Delicious Cake Rusk using the recipe from her Blog, I hopped on to her Sambar Masala Recipe as it was too good to resist. She has mentioned that it was her Grandma’s special recipe and exactly what I was looking for all this while.  


Sambar Masala


I am also sharing this Sambar Masala recipe with our group Recipe Swap Challenge, where we are paired by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan with fellow food blogger’s. We search for recipes from each other’s blog, prepare them and share in the group as well as on our blogs, with due credits to each other. This Month I am paired with Amrita Iyer from The Food Samaritan. Amrita has a wonderful collection of Indian and International recipes on her blog. I have already bookmarked many recipes to try later. Do check her blog for more mouth-watering recipes. Thank you Amrita for this wonderful share.

The Sambar Masala recipe is authentic yet simple and easy to make with the ingredients at home. I halved the quantity of the ingredients from the original recipe and was able to make approximately 180 gms of Masala. The key for making this Sambar Masala is dry roasting all the ingredients on slow to medium flame. You will know that the ingredients are done when it gives a nice aroma or when it starts changing color. Your house will be filled with the lovely aroma of all the ingredients.

So here goes the recipe:


5 from 1 vote
Sambar Masala
Prep Time
10 mins
Cooling Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The Sambar Masala recipe is authentic yet simple and easy to make with the ingredients at home

Course: Masala
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Masala, Sambar
Servings: 180 gms
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Red Chillies
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Seeds (Akha Dhania)
  • 1/4 Cup Split Pigeon Peas (Tur/Arhar) Dal
  • 1/8 Cup Split Yellow Lentils (Chana Dal)
  • 1/8 Cup Split White Lentils (Urad Dal)
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns (Whole KaliMirch)
  • 1 tsp Cumin (Jeera)
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Methi Dana)
  • 1/8 Cup Curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
  1. Assemble all the ingredients and dry roast them slowly one by one except Turmeric.

  2. Roast the ingredient's in the following order. 

    1. Dried Red Chillies

    2. Coriander Seeds

    3. Tur Dal

    4. Chana Dal

    5. Urad Dal

    6. Pepper Corns 

    7. Jeera

    8. Fenugreek Seeds

    9. Curry Leaves

    10. Asafoetida (Better switch off the stove/gas during this, or else the powder might burn. Be quick in roasting Asafoetida)

  3. Cool completely at room temperature. 

  4. Powder all the above ingredients in a mixer, add Turmeric Powder and mix.

  5. Store in a clean, sterile and Air Tight Jar/Container.


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    • Jen, you can get that in Asian Shops and nowadays even supermarkets do have them. If not you can use this link if you want (Affiliate Link – you will get the same price as on Amazon, but I might get a small commission) –

  • 5 stars
    Thank you Renu for trying out the recipe!This was passed on from my great grandmother almost a century ago to my grandma when she got married!My mom got all emotional seeing ur post and has praised you at her best words! My grandma would be doing the same from above!Thanks dear!You made our family proud!

    • Thank you so so much Amrita. You are making me emotional, and I am happy that I selected this one and made a your mom proud. Thanks.

  • Nothing in the world can beat the aroma that fills the home when one makes Sambar Powder at home. I hope you enjoy Sambar with this homemade powder.

  • The only thing I miss from India is the family recipe for sambhar powder. After amma passed away, I yearn for her hand made sambhar powder and other masalas. Slowly I have started making them myself. This recipe sounds really good and you have done a great job. Sambhar would taste amazing with homemade fresh masala powder.

  • 5 stars
    I just love the aroma of roasted spices and when mixed to form a special spice powder, its a moment of joy. Love making spice blends at home. My sambhar masala is nearly getting over and will try this one.

  • Homemade spice mixes are the best. They are fresh flavorful and hygienic than the store bought ones plus we have the liberty to alter the quantity of spices as per our preferences..this share masala sounds very flavorful ..thanks for the share Renu.

  • 5 stars
    Nothing beats the flavour, taste and aroma of freshly ground Sambar Masala. Every South Indian home has a unique recipe and every sambar tastes different, yet delicious. Masalas are the key to great food. Loved that you chose a lovely recipe and dedication from Amrita’s blog for the theme.

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