Homemade Sambar Powder | how to make sambar powder

Sambar powder with step by step pictures.

Sambar powder is one of the most used powders in the south Indian kitchen. It is not alone used for sambar but can be added in vatha kuzhambu, stir-fries, and koottus. My mom always makes a fresh small batch of this powder every time she makes sambar. But I never make it and always go for a shortcut method with readymade sambar powder. Fresh sambar is so aromatic and tastes the best. So always make a small batch and use within a week.

Let us see how to make this.

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Recipe type: powder/Podi
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Babitha
Makes: Around 1/2 cup


Red chilly - 5-7 ( i used regular & Kashmiri chili)
Dhania/coriander seeds-1/3 cup
Methi/fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Jeera-1 tsp
Channa dal/kadalai paruppu- 1 tbsp
Raw rice-1/2 tbsp


1. Dry roast each ingredient one by one till an aroma comes.

2. Cool and powder it in a mixer grinder.

Cool the powder and store.


  1. Freshly prepared podi is always flavourful 👍

  2. Looks great, thanks for sharing detailed recipe with pictures. It helps, will try.


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