Kerala Sāmbhar – Ammachi Special

A doorbell rang and the neighbours, attracted by the fine smell, asked Ammachi about recipe for her delicious Sambhar. Super-tasty Sambhar with all the flavours vegetables and spices. That day I decided to write down her favourite recipes in a blog. Let everyone enjoy the taste of appetizing Sambhar.

Grand children in Kerala call their grandmother as ‘Ammachi’ or ‘Ammama’ in Malayalam. Yes she is my daughter’s Ammachi.

I always try to write using less text and more images because visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text. And I believe that text-based communication’s life is lesser then visuals-based information.

Here I am starting with :-

Sambhar Masala Powder.


Sambhar Masala Powder

Fig 0.1 Sambhar Masala Powder


  • ½ cup or 40 grams coriander seeds (sabut/akhaa dhania)
  • 16 to 18 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 1.5 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • 2 tablespoon chana dal
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1/3 cup curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds (rai) (Optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt as per taste

Once, cooled, grind this roasted spice mixture in the grinder.

Lets start with Sambhar


 Step 1. Vegetables


Fig 0.2 Vegetables


Step 2. Marinating the Vegetables

Marinating the Vegetables

Fig 0.3 Marinating


Step 3. Adding Sweet and tangy taste to cooked vegetables.

Adding Sweet and tangy taste to cooked vegetables

Fig 0.4 Tamarind and Tomato


Step 4. Adding Tur Dal and fried the Lady’s Finger in cooked vegetables.

Tur Dal and fried the Lady’s Finger in cooked vegetables

Fig 0.5 Tur Dal and fried the Lady’s Finger


Step 5. Tadka or Tempering and Adding Sambhar Masala.

Tadka or Tempering and Adding Sambhar Masala

Fig 0.6 Tadka




Fig 0.7 Idli Chutny Sambhar.


Benefits of

Urad Dal
Energy Booster, Protein rich, Anti-Aging, Improves Digestion, Boosts Heart Health

Curry Leaf
Antioxidant, Anti-diabetic, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Good for Eyesight, Good for Liver

Coriander seeds
Clearing colds and coughs, Prevent indigestion, Help lower LDL cholesterol, Help in increasing red blood cell count, Improve metabolism

Chana dal is high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.

Chili peppers have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals

Fenugreek seeds reduces Inflammation Inside the Body and Improves Digestive Problems & Cholesterol Levels

Hing Asafetida treats Stomach Problems and Relieves Menstrual Issues. Hing Asafetida is most noteworthy Ayurveda Home Remedies of Ayurveda.


Happy Cooking!


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2 Responses

  1. Yum looks really good ☺️☺️ x x

  2. Robin (Ajay) Robert says:

    Thank you so much 🙂

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