Authentic Chettinad Sambar Powder Recipe

Authentic Chettinad Sambar Powder Recipe is the basic ingredient used in South Indian cooking. Sambar  is taken with rice, idli, dosa and vada. We used to prepare Sambar at least twice in a week. So this is one of the essential ingredients in our kitchen. The main spices used in Sambar Powder are red chillies and coriander seeds which will be harvested and come to market in fresh during summer. More over everyone will be in holidays, and it’ll be easy to dry in hot sun and grind during summer and store for one year. It’ll be more economical and healthy if we prepare this Sambar powder at home, once in a year.


  • red chillies / vara milagai – 500gms
  • coriander seeds / malli – 500 gms
  • toor dal / thuvaram paruppu – handful
  • channa dal / kadalai paruppu – handful
  • cumin seeds / seeragam – handful
  • raw rice / pacharisi – handful
  • fenugreek seeds / vendhayam – handful
  • pepper corns / milagu – handful
  • dry turmeric roots / manjal – handful (optional. I do not use this because I used to grind turmeric powder  separately and use.


1. Cut the stalks from red chillies. (This is to protect from insects for a long time)

2. Dry red chillies and coriander seeds in hot sunlight for two days. (This is to retain colour)

3. Dry roast coriander seeds, toor dal, channa dal, cumin seeds, raw rice, fenugreek seeds and black pepper one by one separately in a pan till you get nice aroma.

4. Mix all the ingredients together and grind it in a rice mill. Spread over a tray for 15 minutes to cool down. Store this sambar powder in an air tight container. This can be used while preparing any type of sambar, for more than 6 months upto one year without refrigeration.

Authentic Chettinad Sambar Powder Recipe
Authentic Chettinad Sambar Powder Recipe

For other powder recipes in my website click on the following links

1. Chettinad Milagu podi recipe | மிளகு பொடி

2. Maharashtrian Goda Masala recipe | கோடா மசாலா

3. Biriyani masala powder preparation | பிரியாணி மசாலா பொடி செய்முறை

4. Chettinad idli | dosai podi recipe | இட்லி தோசை பொடி

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