AN ALL SPICE POWDER / Sambar Powder

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Viji Varadarajan

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The most creative, tasty and versatile ayurvedic powder.

Most homes have three different Cooking Powders - one for the iconic Sambar, one for Vethal Kuzhambu (a tangy vegetable sauce without cooked lentils) and one for Rasam (the south Indian delicious brot...

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AN ALL SPICE POWDER / Sambar Powder

The most versatile and healthiest of all powders in a Tamil home. Completely flavorful and Ayurvedic (holistic medicine) in nature, it can be used for a slew of recipes - main course and side dishes.
Prep Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 cup coriander seeds
  • 3/4 cup pigeon peas / thuvar dal
  • ½ cup bengal gram / chana dal
  • 1/2 cup husked whole black gram / urad dal
  • 1/4 cup fenugreek seeds / methi
  • 1/4 cup mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup cumin seeds
  • 2 cup dried red chillis
  • 1/4 cup peppercorns
  • 3/4 cup curry leaves
  • 8 long thin turmeric pieces OR
  • 3 tbs turmeric powder

Instructions

  • Wash and wipe the curry leaves dry.
  • Roast all the ingredients with the curry leaves in a saucepan over a medium flame for a couple of minutes, until the lentils turn light golden and start emitting their distinctive aromas.
  • Blend into a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. The powder remains fresh for many months.
Course: other
Cuisine: Indian

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