My Favorite Idli - Sambar

4/07/2011 Raksha Kamat 28 Comments

On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padva commonly known as Ugadi in South India, I decided to cook Idli - Sambar for breakfast. My hubby was travelling from Goa to Bangalore and I thought of surprising him with this delicious breakfast. When he came home, I knew he was tired travelling the whole night. On asking him, he denied and said that he does not feel tired travelling in AC train. I asked him to freshen up and to come for breakfast.
Yo! He was surprised to see what I had prepared for breakfast. As usual he did appreciate me for what I prepared for him.

Recipe for Idli


1 cup rice
1/4 cup urad dal / black gram dal
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon salt

Soak rice and urad dal for 6-8 hrs.
Mix and grind coarsely.
Add soda and leave it for 4-6 hrs for fermentation.
Add salt and mix properly.
In a Idli cooker, properly grease the idli tray with ghee and put in required quantity of idli batter.
Let it get steamed for 20 Min's. Do not open the cooker immediately.
Open after 10 Min's. Carefully take off the idli's and serve hot with chutney and sambar.

And now comes the tasty Sambar

Recipe for Sambar

1/2 cup toor dal
1 onion
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 inch jaggery cube
10 curry leaves
1 green chilli
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped okra
1/2 cup chopped beetroot
1/2 cup beans
2 tablespoon shakti sambar powder
Salt to taste

Pressure cook the dal with 2 cups water.
In a kadai, heat oil and put mustard seeds. When they splutter put in jeera seeds.
Add asafoetida and curry leaves.
Cut onions straight.
Now fry onions.
Once they turn brown add tomatoes and fry.
Add to this all the chopped veges.
Add 1 cup water and let it boil for 10-15 Min's.

Now mix the dal and sambar powder.
Stir properly.
Mix tamarind paste and jaggery and let it boil for 15 more Min's.
Add salt to taste.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with hot idli's.

Believe me, the idli's turned to be very fluffy and the sambar was just perfect.

Doesn't it make a perfect healthy breakfast?

This recipe goes to  Breakfast Mela.

Sending this recipe to Pari's 'ONLY' event for March i.e. South Indian recipes. This recipe belongs to the South Indian state of Karnataka.

Sending this to Street Food of India event by Rosh.



  1. Its my fav too...nothing n beat that combi..Your idli looks soft and yummy...

  2. mouth watering idli sambar...too too tempting !

  3. yumm.....idlis an all time favorite!!

  4. My absolute favorite too- Please have me over :)

  5. Soft and spongy idlies looks prefect and irresistible...Love idlies anytime..

  6. Super duper soft n fluffy idlis! A classic combo..

    US Masala

  7. Raksha, the idli sambhar is looking so inviting, i cudnt resist myself swiping few frm ur space. Gud to knw that u have learnt mastery over ragi pudding, there is so much to leran even at home, isnt'it... !

  8. Delicious idly and sambar. Love this combo as always.

  9. Wow, those are some really fluffy and delicious looking idlis..looks so YUM!

  10. Perfect and delicious combo of soft idli and sambar! Did you use regular or instant yeast?

  11. looks good..inviting me..very nice presentation...

  12. Idli looks so soft and tempting.. thanks for sharing... inviting clicks !!
    Indian Cuisine

  13. very comfortable breakfast :) looks yum :)

  14. This looks good ... nice presentation. I have shared few awards with you. Please accept these :)

  15. very good presentation.. very yummy :)

  16. My fav combo too...Nothing better than piping hot idlis with sambhar for a healthy & tasty breakfast,..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. Perfect Breakfast, my fav too...Pls pass the plate:)

  18. That's indeed a great way to surprise the DH, I never add soda and would advice you also not to use it as much as possible.


  19. Thanks for the wonderful comments and Pari special thanks to u for ur suggestion :) Will do what u said :)

  20. Hi Raksha... First time here.. Saw ur lovely comment on my blog. Thanks for that. You have a lovely space dear. Loved the quilt u've kept idli sambhar on... Good work.. God bless u..

  21. Thanks for the lovely entry..My favorite too.:)

  22. Delicious Raksha... I need to try this with rice as u said... Looks very yummy :)

  23. That idli looks so soft and fluffy...not to mention the stunning colour of sambar! Thanks for linking Raksha :-)


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