Sambar Powder / Sambhar Podi/ Curry Powder

            Sambar powder is a basic and important ingredient available  in all South Indian kitchen. This powder is prepared by sun drying and pan roasting of whole spices, make it to a fine powder using a spice grinder. Ingredients and method of making sambar powder may vary from one home to other home. This is my mom's method. I can say, this powder is her magic wand  in making most of her recipes not only in sambar preparation but also she treats it as a curry powder and  uses it  in curries, stir fries, kulambu, kootu & korma. It tastes extremely good and delicious.  So everytime we return from India, our bags are filled with sambar powder, curry leaves powder, kulambu milagai powder and paruppu podi.  So one fine morning my heart sank as I found that my spice supply was getting low . So I started making my own after getting the formula from my Mom and it turned out really good. So here is the recipe so that any one can taste a slice of South Indian cuisine ...


        Whole Coriander Seeds ( Dhania)  - 1 Kg
        Dry Red Chillies (Varamilagai)      - 1 Kg
        Whole Turmeric( Virali Manjal)    - 1/4 Kg
        Whole Black Pepper ( Milagu)        -100 gms
        Whole Cumin ( Seeragam)              - 100 gms
        Fenugreek ( Vendhayam)                - 100 gms
        Toor Dal ( Thuvaram Paruppu)     - 100 gms
        Bengal Gram (Kadalai Paruppu)   - 100 gms
        Mustard (Kadugu)                           - 50 gms



   Health Benefits of Sambar Powder

   Coriander Seeds : Protects against salmonella bacteria, aids in digestion, lowers blood glucose and cholesterol.

   Red ChilliesThey not only add heat to the meal, high in vit A, boost immunity, weight loss, prevents cancer.

   Turmeric : Prevents cancer, natural pain killer, antimicrobial properties, treatment for depression, prevents Alzheimer's disease and arthritis, help in weight loss
   Black Pepper : prevents cancer, weight loss, powerful antioxidants, dental health, antidepressant.

   Cumin : aids in digestion and respiration, good for lactating mothers, boost the immunity, prevents cancers.

   Fenugreek : good for diabetes, aids in digestion, good for skin disorders and lactating mothers, cancer prevention, rich in fibers

   Toor Dal and Bengal Gram Dal: Excellent source of carbohydrates, fibers and protein.

   Mustard Seeds high in anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and anti fungal properties,  rich in selenium, reduces migraine problems

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