Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Saravana Bhavan Sambhar / Restaurant style sambhar

I am a very big fan of Saravana Bhavan Sambhar.we used to order sambhar idlies,where cute mini idlies will be floating in a pool of sambhar.we will literally drink the sambhar .It wud be a perfect match made in heaven.I was frantically searching for this recipe.When I saw the recipe in geetha's space,cudn't stop myself from trying this.Geetha has beautifully explained the recipe in her post here .I have altered a bit.Also I have added sugar as a flavouring agent at the end,to bring out the real taste of retaurant.Its almost 3 years,I tasted this sambhar.It was too good to have with idlies.I prepared today mini idlies .

Recipe Source : En Samayal Araiyil

Ingredients:
For pressure cooking:
1.Toor dal                    -          1/2 cup
2.Onion                        -           1/2 (big)
3.Tomato                     -            1 (medium sized)
4.salt                            -            as required

For grinding:
1.Roasted gram/chutney dal             -           1 tbsp
2.Tomato                                          -            1
3.Turmeric pwdr                              -            1 tsp
4.Chilli pwdr                                   -             1 tbsp
5.Coconut                                         -              2 pieces

For tempering :
1.Onion                                   -          ( 1/2 big) chopped
2.Green chillies                      -           2 (chopped)
3.Mustard seeds                      -           1/2 tsp
4.Cumin seeds                         -           1/2 tsp
5.Fenugreek seeds                   -            1/2 tsp
6.Urad dal                                -            1/2 tsp
7.Curry leaves                         -            few
8.Red chillies                          -            2 to 3
9.Cilantro                                -             a hand full

For garnishing;
1.Cilantro                                     -            few
2.Sugar                                         -            1/4 tsp



Method:
* Take  a pressure cooker,add toor dal,finely chopped onion,tomato ,bit turmeric pwdr and cook with water for 3 whistle.After the whistle is relaesed,mash the dal roughly and keep it aside.
* Grind all the ingredients under "for grinding " into a fine paste ,adding little water.We can also use shredded coconut ,instead of using whole coconut.
* Take a pan or kadai,add oil and temper with mustard,cumin ,curry leaves and methi seeds.When it splutters,add the chopped onion and green chillies.When it is sauteed well,Add the cooked dal into the pan and bring it to boil.


* When the mixture comes to sizzling boil,add the grinded paste,cover and cook in low for 10 mins.
* When the sambhar is cooked,add red chillies ,curry leaves and cilantro and turn off the stove.Cover the sambhar,as the aroma will be retained.This step is very essential in bringing the taste of restaurant style sambhar.
* At last ,add sugar and mix.This is purely optional,but this is a restaurant touch.Serve with idlies,dosai or pongal.Perfect match for these tiffins.

The recipe for soft idlies is here

 Sending this to Aipi and Priya's Bookmarked Recipes events







59 comments:

Kalyani said...

my fav. combo ... that too saravana bhavan's sambar recipe ..... looks so delicious and pictures look so tempting ...........

Raji said...

The colour of the sambaar is very beautiful. I too love sarvana bhavan sambaar..bookmarking this recipe.

Rani acharyulu said...

Tempting sambar looks so delicious.Beautiful clicks.Awards are waiting for you in my blog my dear.

G.Pavani said...

my favt breakfast..looks grt.before coming to uk atleast once in a week i used go to saravana bhavan and used to eat this tasty n delicious combo..thanks dear for sharing ..

Priya Sreeram said...

aaha- paakava arumaiya irukku; kalakiteenga ponga!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Hmm truely restaurant type..looks very tempting

Nandini's Food said...

I remember how my daughter used to drink this sambar...It looks very mouthwatering and tempting...

Vimitha Anand said...

Lovely and mouth watering combo.. would love it anytime... So delicious..

Priya said...

I do order always their sambar vada and idlis, droolworthy sambar...simply makes me hungry..

Gayathri Anand said...

perfect combination ...sambhar looks so delicious ..will try ur version soon...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I am a big fan of Sarvana Bhawan, but never tried their sambar at home, looks simple and delicious :)

Suja said...

Love this combo so much..makes me hungry

asiya omar said...

wow! superb,thanks to both of you..

Now Serving said...

You had me at Saravana .... Sambar looks better than any hotel sambar - not flattering, but truth be told :)

Mélange said...

Thats really a meaningful recipe to try.I loved the recipe.Who can forget saravana bhavan food ? Those cute idlis look heavanly too !

Panchpakwan said...

Wow sambar looks so colorful and delicious..

Nithya said...

Delicious looking sambhar. Love the color by itself :)

CinnamonNChillies said...

Hi. First time here. Saravana title hooked me and brought me here. Love the look of this Sambhar. Homely and inviting!!!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Absolutely drooling here.. wanna put those cute li'l mini idlies to the sambar with a spoon of ghee... mmm.. heaven...
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Sobha Shyam said...

Great recipe..loved it..sambhar is looking delicious..will surely try this out!!following u :)

divya said...

Wonderful presentation, tempting n looks fabulous..

Saras said...

Pictures tempting me dear..perfect combo..

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious sambar idly combination looks wonderful

Vidhya said...

Your sambar and idlli looks too tempting.I am bookmarking this sambar recipe.

Alessandra said...

What a lovely dish, so inviting! Great blog, full of vegetarian recipes too, I am following you!

ciao
Alessandra

Swathi said...

Sambhar looks awesome delicious with cute idlies

Deeksha said...

looks very inviting! must try recipe...thanks for sharing.. my favorite..

SouthindianHome said...

Love SB Sambar. Beautiful presentation.Bookmarked it
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Vardhini said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Lovely space and drooling pictures :) Happy to follow u.

Vardhini
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Kurinji said...

vaasam enga varaikkum varuthu savi.
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Chandrani Banerjee said...

Sambhar looks so delicious and colourful....

Sayantani said...

we love to drink our sambhars just out of the pan. this one looks so bright and mouthwatering.

Biny Anoop said...

Sambhar is looking fab ....i tooo love the mini idlis with sambhar...pics are very temptg

saffronstreaks said...

what a colorful and flavourful sambhar. very tempting indeed. soft idlis are just perfect

Rathi said...

thanks for taking the effort to stop by Savitha :) . Love your blog. Love the saravana bhavan sambhar..so yummmmmmmmmmm! following you now!

Shanavi said...

so tempting de savi..flavourful masala sambar..

Prathima Rao said...

Looks so aromatic & flavorful!!! Loved the color!!
Prathima Rao
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Smitha said...

who can say no to mini idlis in sambar!...tempting clicks!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

R said...

loved to eat at sarvanna bhavan when we were in chennai. the combo looks super tempting!!

GEETHA ACHAL said...

ரொம்ப நன்றி சவிதா...செய்து பார்த்தில் மகிழ்ச்சி...

அழகான படங்களை பார்க்கும் பொழுதே அப்படியே சாப்பிட தோனுது...அப்படியே இங்கே பார்சல் அனுப்புங்களேன்...

sowmya said...

i just love this one...very tempting indeed

julie said...

Tempting sambhar..dt too from saravana bhavan,oh!yummy ..
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RS said...

Lip Smacking Sambar:)

அப்பாவி தங்கமணி said...

வலைச்சரத்தில் உங்களை பற்றி குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளேன்... நேரம் உள்ள போது பாருங்கள்... நன்றி... சுட்டி இதோ... http://blogintamil.blogspot.com/2011/05/blog-post_08.html

Priya said...

wow excellent. and tempting...

Anonymous said...

Complex Post. This post helped me in my college assignment. Thnaks Alot

Anonymous said...

Tried this sambar yesterday. It tasted awesome. I love this recipe and going to follow the recipe in future for idly sambar

Pls post rice sambar tooo.

savitha ramesh said...

Hello anonymous,
Thanks for trying this sambhar and conveying your comment.will surely post sambhar for rice too.

Anonymous said...

Hi this is cappu, i loved your sambar and made 100's of times...so far. Please post the saravana bhavan Rice Sambar, kootu recipe, kaara kuzhambu recipe and poriyal recipe, plssssssssssssssss.

I especially need rice sambar recipe first. Expecting soon. Pls post it.

Thanx in advance.
-cappu.

Savitha said...

Hi Cappu,
Thanks for trying my sambar .
Will post rice sambhar sure next week,as I am on vacation and just publishing the drafts.Thank u very much.I appreciate ur patience.

Suchi said...

Hi Savitha,

I was looking for hotel style sambhar to go with dosa and I found this recipe. It came out really well and tasted like hotel sambhar almost;). I also added a little ghee to the sambhar towards the end and that enhanced the flavor. Keep blogging....

savitha ramesh said...

Thank u for trying suchi :)
Hope u liked it.

Asha said...

Hi Savitha

I am not an South Indian but am a very passionate cooking and my husband is die hard fan of South Indian Food as he has lived in Bahgalore for a while. Again have never tried the Sarvana Bhavan Sambhar but have read in many blogs how people love it, and today found the recipe on your blog, am looking ot try in tomm, so can I kindly request you to help me with query as soon as possible, in your recipe I didn't find you using the sambhar powder/podi, so do you kmake this sambhar without the powder. Kindly respond. My email id is dear2asha@yahoo.com

BINDHU MATHI BALU said...

i will try.

Anonymous said...

its no where close to the original recipe. original uses lot of shallots

Savitha Ganesan said...

Hi anonymous,thanks for ur comments.This is not the exact Saravanan bhavan sambhar.I have mentioned it ,its a style of saravana bhavan.It tasted almost like it.No chef will gove out thier secret,so does the hotel.Any way thanks for ur pain in commenting.

Radhika Swaminathan said...

Hi savitha,
Thank you for the amazing recipe!!
It was very close to hotel sambars in madras..
The only suggestion I would have is to make it more fluidy and temper the ingredients in ghee and viola its just amazing!! My husband n I loved it a lot!!!
Thanks again
Radhika

Nisha Ravi said...

Hi, Chilli pdr here refers to home made chilli pdr (kulambu podi) or red chilli pdr (Milaga vathal podi)????

Savitha Ganesan said...

You can use kulambu milagai thool.

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