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Instant Tiffin Sambar - Tiffin Sambar without Dal - Kadalai Maavu Sambar

Instant tiffin sambar - quick and easy tiffin sambar with besan flour. It's one of those special sambar recipes when we want to prepare sambar within 15 minutes. Usually during weekends I prefer this instant sambar for rava dosa and ven pongal. Both rava dosa and ven pongal requires 30 to 35 minutes, so this instant sambar is ideal to cook within 15 minutes plus it is light too.

The ingredients are simple for this sambar. 

Onions and tomatoes - the best combination for these types of instant sambar which makes the sambar colourful. 

Sambar powder or red chilly powder - you can use any of these powders for the spiciness. Make sure to use any one powder in minimal quantity. 

Besan flour - the best choice for this instant sambar. You can also use fried grams flour, but I haven't tried it yet. When adding besan flour to the sambar, make sure to dilute it in water without any lumps and then add it to the sambar. 

Coconut + Coriander seeds - these two ingredients, bring the flavour to this instant sambar. No need to roast these two ingredients, just simply grind it and add it to the sambar.

Tamarind - a completely optional ingredient for this instant sambar but it helps to stay good for a few hours. 

Fresh coriander leaves - my favourite ingredient for any sambar dishes. As the sambar cools, coriander leaves releases a nice aroma. So do not omit it. 

Check out my other side dishes for idli and dosa

 Here is a short video for Instant Tiffin Sambar


Instant Tiffin Sambar - Tiffin Sambar without Dal Recipe Details

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes 
Serves : 4
Category : side dish 
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan



  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomato
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 tsp tamarind
  • 2 tbsp besan flour
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp sambar powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
  • few curry leaves
  • few coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp urid dal
  • 2 tbsp oil

Cooking Directions

Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard and urid dal. When it splutters add slit green chillies and onions. Saute well for a few minutes until the onions turn soft. 


Next, add the tomatoes and saute well. 


Soak and extract tamarind with 3/4 cup of water. When the tomatoes turn soft, add in the tamarind extract. 

 Add required salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder. 

In the meantime, grind the coconut and coriander seeds with little water. 


In a bowl add besan flour and 1/2 cup water. Mix well without any lumps. 

Now add the besan flour water and mix them quickly. If it gets thick, add some more water and mix well. 


Next, add the ground coconut coriander seeds paste along with 1/2 cup water. Mix it well. Add asafoetida powder and allow the sambar to boil for 7 minutes on low medium heat. 


Finally add chopped coriander leaves and turn off the heat. Quick and tasty instant sambar is ready to serve. 


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