Tiffin Sambar with Toor Dal - Idli Sambar recipe - Sambar Recipes - Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

I love to try different sambar recipes for idli / dosa. My husband can have sambar with literally anything. My mum does idli sambar with toor dal and moong (yellow split) dal. However I do this version quite often too. I wanted to post it with video. Finally made it. It is quite flavourful because the powder is made with fresh spices which is fried in little bit of ghee. I like the Ghee smell but if you prefer oil you can use oil to fry too. It goes well with idli / rava idli or dosa. You can add your favourite vegetables. Sometimes I add 2 tablespoon of coconut but this version has no coconut added.
Toor Dhal / Thuvar dal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - Marble size
Mixed vegetable - 1 cup (I have used beans, carrot and brinjal- eggplant)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Shallots/ small onion - 10
Tomatoes - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10
asafoetida / Hing - Generous Pinch
Red chillies - 1
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon

For Masala

Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Chana Dal - 2 teaspoon
Pepper corns - 8
Red chillies - 4-5 (adjust to spice level)
Sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
asafoetida / Hing - small piece
Ghee - 1 teaspoon


Cook Dal (Place tamarind in a bowl with water while cooking dal) with 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Once cool down add required water to make tamarind water.
Heat Ghee in a pan. Roast all the ingredients except sesame seeds till it is slight brown in color. Add sesame seeds and fry till browned
Cool down and grind to powder
Heat pan with oil. Add Mustard seeds and let it pop. Add cumin seeds, urad dhal, Curry leaves, Red chillies. Fry till brown color. Add Onion and chopped tomatoes Fry with Salt. 
Add All the vegetables. Add Turmeric powder and masala powder. Mix well
Add tamarind water. Let it boil. Add Dal and mix well
Now transfer this to a pressure pan and cook till 1 whistle. 
When it is ready to open heat it again add hing and coriander leaves. Boil it
Switch it off.. Enjoy