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Kadalai maavu sambar | Instant Sambar for Idli, Dosa
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Kadala Maavu Sambar | Instant Sambar for Idli Dosa

Kadala Maavu Sambar is an easy and instant sambar based using tamarind water, Besan flour (Kadala Maavu) and spices. This is made using least number of ingredients and within 20 minutes. A perfect accompaniment for Ven Pongal, Idli and Dosa. This is also called Bombay Sambar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Kuzhambu
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 1 nos Onion Roughly chopped
  • 1 nos Tomato Roughly chopped
  • 1 small lemon size Tamarind
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Gram Flour (Besan / Chickpea Flour)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ¾ tsp Salt adjust to your taste

For Tempering

  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves



  • Soak the tamarind in the warm water and extract the juice and keep it aside.
  • Chop the onion & tomato roughly and set it aside.

Start with Tempering

  • Heat the oil in the pan. Once the oli is hotadd the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begins to sputter add fenugreek seeds and the curry leaves

Cooking Kadal Maavu Sambar

  • Add onion and saute the onions till it turns transparent. 
  • Then, add the tomato, pinch of Turmeric powder and saute them till the tomato is mushy.
  • When the tomato is cooked add the extracted tamarind juice, Also add Red chili powder and salt.
  • Boil the tamarind extract for about 10 minutes.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of Besan flour with 1/2 cup of water and keep it ready.
  • Once the Kuzhambu start to boil, add besan mixture and stir well to avoid lumps. Add water to adjust the consistency of the sambar.
  • Boil for couple of minutes and switch off the flame.  Kadala Maavu Instant sambar is ready to serve with Idly/Sambar.



Add water to adjust the consistency of the Kuzhambu as per your liking. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.5g | Protein: 11.1g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 437mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 2g