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Easy Sambar Masala

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Sambar Masala is a flavourful and aromatic blend of spices and dal. This traditional and authentic Sambar Masala without oil is an easy and fail-proof recipe and definitely enhances the taste of your sambar.

Easy Sambar masala in a bowl with some spices scattered around.
Easy Oil-free Sambar masala

Preservative free masala

I love homemade masala. I try to make fresh or make my own whenever possible. Fresh masala has its own unique taste and aroma. And you exactly know what is inside that masala. They are preservatives free. One can make them in small batches or bulk, the choice is ours. 

I regularly use my mom’s Garam Masala. The taste it adds to different dishes like in this No Onion No garlic Chole (Chickpea Curry) or in this simple Gajar Aloo matar without onion and garlic is just amazing.

I even make my own Roasted Cumin powder and Coriander Masala Powder at home. I add a few more ingredients to coriander masala powder which adds to the taste as well as the nutrient content of the masala. For me, these two masalas are used almost every day and I cannot compromise on the taste and texture of this.

This Easy 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

Easy Sambar masala in a bowl with some spices scattered around.
Easy Oil-free Sambhar masala

Oil-Free Sambar Masala

This masala does not use any oil. We just dry roast the ingredient one by one, on a slow to the medium stove. Once the ingredients are roasted they change color slightly and release a nice aroma. Once done, we allow it to cool completely and then grind it. Fill it in an air-tight sterile jar. 

I used to buy Sambar and Rasam Masala but was always in search of an authentic or traditional recipe as the true flavors lie in them. So when I hopped on to The Food Samaritan (more details below), I didn’t know my patience was about to be rewarded. I hopped on to her Sambar Masala Recipe as it was too good to resist. She mentioned that it was her Grandma’s special recipe and exactly what I was looking for all this while.  

Shelf Life

This masala stays good at room temperature for at least 6 months. Do maintain sterile conditions and use sterile jars.

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Easy Sambhar masala in a bowl with some spices scattered around.
Easy Oil-free Sambhar masala

So here goes the recipe:

Easy Sambhar masala in a bowl with some spices scattered around.

Easy Oil-Free Sambar Masala

This traditional and authentic Easy Sambar Masala without oil is a flavourful and aromatic blend of spices and dal.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: Curry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 180 gms
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 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 teaspoon Peppercorns (Whole KaliMirch)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds (Methi Dana)
  • 1/8 Cup Curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric (Haldi)


  • Assemble all the ingredients and dry roast them slowly one by one except Turmeric.
  • 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
    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 teaspoon Peppercorns (Whole KaliMirch), 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera), 1 teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds (Methi Dana), 1/8 Cup Curry Leaves
  • Switch off, and add asafetida and quickly mix it.
    1 tbsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • Cool completely at room temperature. 
  • Powder all the above ingredients in a mixer, add Turmeric Powder and mix.
    1 teaspoon Turmeric (Haldi)
  • Store in a clean, sterile and Air Tight Jar/Container.
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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.


This recipe was first posted on my blog on 7th August 2018. Today, 26th March 2023, I am updating the contents. The recipe and pics remain the same.

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I shared this Sambar Masala recipe with our group Recipe Swap Challenge, where we are paired. Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan with fellow food bloggers. We search for recipes from each other’s blogs, prepare them and share them in the group as well as on our blogs, with due credit to each other. This Month I am paired with Amrita Iyer from The Food Samaritan.


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Friday 14th of April 2023

Your sambhar masala is different from what I make and sounds so delicious. Making some tomorrow as my girls want some and will carry it. Thanks.

Priya Vj

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Home made sambar masala is so very aromatic and fragrant . The taste of sambar increases Manifold when we use home ground masala ... it is a must have in my kitchen


Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Nothing to replace homemade fresh masala ans I am sure this sambhar masala must have tasted great with loads of flavourful. Brilliant clicks!!


Wednesday 5th of September 2018

I always make similar masala as wet masala along with coconut. But I will try this powder version for quick busy days.


Sunday 2nd of September 2018

Such a delicious masala. I can imagine the smell when the sambhar is cooking.