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Idli and Sambar

Last Saturday we were invited by our landlord for breakfast. We were early so I had a chance to observe aunty make an authentic idli and sambar.

Idli is a healthy Indian breakfast. These steamed rice cakes are so light and delicious. They are usually served with spicy vegetable with lentil stew called Sambar and coconut chutney.

So here you are… the famous healthy Indian breakfast recipe, Idli and Sambar.

Idli (Steam Rice Cake)


2 cups Rice
1 cup Urad dal or Black lentil (skin remove)
1/2 tbsp Salt
A pinch of Baking Soda
Oil for greasing

Pick and wash black lentil, then soak it overnight or for 6-8 hours.

Grind the soaked black lentil into a smooth paste.

Wash and drain the rice.

Grind it coarsely in food processor. .

Combine rice paste, baking soda and black lentil together with some salt and mix well.

Set aside in room temperature for 8 hours or overnight for fermenting.

You need an idli steamer for this recipe but I have found a genius way that you can use muffin liners for steaming, too.

Set up the steamer over the high heat.

Grease the idle moulds or mini muffin liners and fill them with the batter.

Steam the idlis on medium flame for 10 minutes or until cook.

Remove form the pan and serve hot.

Sambar (Spicy vegetable stew with lentil)

1 cup chickpea lentil- cooked until tender
2 cups mixed vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, okra, snow beans, squash, drumstick)
1 Onion- chopped
1 Tomato- chopped
2 tbsp tamarind paste or lemon juice
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder- optional
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp black lentil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp salt or to taste
2 tbsp Oil
Curry leaves

For Sambar Paste:

4 shallots
2 dry red chillies
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
4 tbsp grated coconut
5 curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
( Heat oil in the pan and throw every things except coconut in and fry until golden brown. Add the fried ingredients and coconut in the food processer and grind until smooth.)

Heat oil in a large pot over the medium heat, add the mustard seeds, black lentil, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and allow them to splutter.

Add, curry leaves, onion, tomatoes and fry until tomato is soft.

Add mixed vegetables and turmeric powder, then sauté for few minutes.

Add the cooked chickpea lentil along with little 1 1/2 cup of water, tamarind paste and salt.

Add Sambar paste and cook further for 5 minutes or until vegetable is cook and soft.

Check for seasoning and serve hot.

It’s Yaseen’s 2nd birthday on 15th August, which is also an Indian Independence Day. We have guests over for dinner party. Most of our guests are vegetarian so we have decided to create the whole vegetarian feat including cake and dessert.

Can you suggest a delicious recipe from your blog? Kindly post the link in the comment. We can really use your amazing vegetarian recipes!

Have a wonderful day,

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