homemade sambar powder

Homemade sambar powder recipe with step-wise pictures. Sambar powder is an important ingredient in the south Indian cooking. It is added poriyal, sambar and fries. This homemade powder is not only for the sambar but also can also be added to puli kulambu, vathal kulambu and rasam. The homemade sambar powder is not only economical but also aromatic, fresh and flavorful than the store bought ones. This can be made in large quantities by grinding in mill and used for months.

homemade sambar powder

I have also mentioned the quantities for making more than 1 kg of sambar powder in brackets. I have prepared only 2 cups of powder for sharing the recipe here. Usually virali manjal (wild turmeric) is used for making this but I have used turmeric powder. Do try it at home and you will never go for readymade powders again.

homemade sambar powder

Total time required : 15 minutes 

Makes : 2 cups ( 1 and 1/2 kg in brackets) 


  • Red chilli – 2 (or 200 gms)
  • Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp (or 50 gms)
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp (or 25 gms)
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp (or 10 gms)
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsp (or 10 gms)
  • Channa dal – 3 tbsp (or 25 gms)
  • Toor dal – 2 tbsp (or 10 gms)
  • Pepper seeds – 2 tsp (or 10 gms)
  • Fenugreek seeds – 2 tsp (or 2 tbsp)
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp (or 2 whole turmeric)
  • Hing – 1 tsp (or lemon size)
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig (or 4-5 sprigs)
  • Raw rice – 3 tbsp (or 10 gms)
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp


1. Gather all the ingredients. Dry roast coriander seeds in low flame until it changes color. Keep aside.

2. Then add rice to the hot Kadai and roast until it changes slightly brown.

3. Dry roast each ingredient one by one (except red chill and curry leaves) until fragrant and slightly changes color.


4. Finally, after roasting all the ingredients, add 1/2 tsp of oil to the pan and roast red chilli and curry leaves for a minute.

5. Once all the ingredients cools, transfer into grinder jar and grind into fine or coarse powder. You can give it mill for making large quantity.


6. Spread the powder on a newspaper and store in a clean airtight container once cools.

7. If you want a very fine sambar powder then sieve it once. Grind the coarse residue again in grinder and add to the powder.

homemade sambar powder

8. Add it to all sambar and poriyal. You can actually feel the difference between homemade and store bought powder.

homemade sambar powderNOTE:

  • Use a clean spoon everytime handling the sambar powder.
  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli according to your preference of spiciness.
  • One tablespoon of sambar powder is enough to add in a sambar for four persons.
  • The color of sambar powder depends on the amount of red chilli added.

homemade sambar powder

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