I make this Tiffin sambar especially with Idly and hence the name Idly Sambar or Tiffin Sambar. This sambar goes very well with Idly/Dosa. I use moong dhal (Payatham paruppu/Siru paruppu) for the preparation of this sambar. If you invite somebody for the breakfast/tiffen and you are making idly/dosa, then try Tiffin sambar next time to serve with Idly/dosa and i am sure your guest will like it and no wonder if they ask the recipe for idly sambar.
Tiffin Sambar
Tiffin Sambar

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins
Servings4 persons


Moong dal1/4 Cup
Tamarind1 gooseberry size
Green Chilli1 or 2 (depending on the spice level you want)
SaltTo Taste
Sambar Powder1 tablespoon
Coriander Leaves1 tablespoon

* The vegetables are choice of yours

For Seasoning:
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Hinga Pinch
Curry Leavesfew

Tiffin Sambar
Tiffin Sambar

  1. Soak the tamarind in water for sometime and extract the juice and keep it aside

  2. Pressure cook the moong Dal and mash it and keep it aside

  3. Finely chop the vegetables and clean it in water. Chop the green chilli vertically and add it to the chopped vegetables. Heat the oil in pan, and add mustard seeds when the oil is hot. Once the mustard seeds begins to sputter add the curry leaves and hing and fry for a minute

  4. Now add the chopped vegetable along with turmeric and fry for a while. To this add water to cook the vegetables

  5. When the vegetables are almost cooked, add the tamarind extract and salt and allow the tamarind juice to boil for 5 minutes till the raw smell goes off. Then  add the sambar powder. Keep in medium flame  

  6. When the sambar starts to boil and the raw smell of sambar powder goes off, add the mashed Dal and stir well. Add 1/2 Cup of water to make the consistency a little thin. When the sambar starts to boil, garnish with coriander leaves and remove from flame

  7. The mouth-watering Tiffin Sambar(Gotsu) is ready for serving
  8. Tiffin Sambar
    Tiffin Sambar
    Serve this yummy Tiffin sambar with Idli/Dosa/Uthappam/Pongal and any upma varieties
Tiffin Sambar
Tiffin Sambar

Brahmin sambars are always special.. you can try them below

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  1. Hi Deepa,

    Sorry, my mistake. You should add the sambar powder when you add the tamarind extract. Thanks for pointing it out. I have corrected the recipe.

  2. tried mungdal sambar and it was very good easy to digest too

  3. The recipe still does not show the sambar powder and its measure, as an ingredient.. Could you post the updated recipe once agian pls...

  4. Hi Malathy

    I can very much see the sambar powder measurement in the recipe. I am not sure why you are not able to see the same. Anyhow, you can use 2 teaspoon of sambar powder for the above ingredients.


  5. I see the sambar powder now:-) Going to try this out today... Can you also add onions to this sambar (big onion, finely diced)?

  6. Sure Malathy. You can add onions as well for sure.

  7. Dear Mami

    You have mentioned garnish with coriander seeds Is it to be fried or added raw to the sambhar

  8. Apologies Vasanthi. This should be coriander leaves. I wrongly mentioned as Coriander seeds. Its a typo error. I have corrected it now.

  9. Can I add 'hing' to Gotsu? Everyone in my family likes the flavour of hing in Sambar.

  10. Hi,

    Really mouthwatering to see. i like sarabavana hotel's sambar very much...seems ur sambar....will try my best. thanks for all recipies.

    rs lakshmi

  11. Makes me want to try this again.. BTW, I love that kutty stainless steel bucket :-)

  12. Tried this sambar today, the pathiram was licked clean, not a drop of sambar left. Slurpily yummy.... Thank you for posting this recipe.