masala or Sambaar Powder (also spelled
Sambar) is a classic spice blend commonly
used in South Indian cooking. It is
especially used in cooking lentils
(dal or dahl) and mixed vegetable.
Sambhar Masala can be either made
at home by mixing spices such as turmeric,
coriander, cayenne, fenugreek, cumin
and pulses or easily bought in store.
A simple classic recipe of Sambhar
masala is given below.
10 dried red chilies
6 tablespoon coriander
2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1½ tablespoon turmeric
2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon fenugreek (methi)
2 teaspoon urad dal
2 teaspoon channa dal
2 teaspoon mung dal
- Take out seed and
stalk from chilies. Heat all spices
except turmeric in low-medium heat
until they give rich aromatic flavor.
Make them toasted without burning.
- Heat all the pulses
(lentils) in low medium heat. Make
them toasted without burning.
- Grind and mix both