This legendary sambar idly dont need introduction at all. Shiva and I used to visit Balaji temple in Venkatnarayana Road often when we were in Chennai and after darshan we head over straight to Ratna Cafe near that temple. Whoever visits that restaurant the first order will be their sambar idli. First they serve the idlis in plate, then the waiter would bring a stainless steel container full of piping hot Sambar & pour it over those two idlies. That fresh aroma of coriander seeds will hit you and you cannot just stop with just two idlies. Also they serve generous mugs of sambar unlike Saravana Bhavan 😝😝
Started missing home very badly and this Saturday thought of preparing some comforting breakast. Nothing screams comfort better than this idli & sambar.
I tried various combinations & followed various recipes to achieve that exact consistency. It took a while to achieve that. Not sure if its the authentic one but trust me it tastes exactly the same as that hotel’s sambar.. More or less it is similar to Tamil brahmin style Arachuvitta Sambar recipe with few changes here and there.
I used my mom’s sambar powder. In case if you don’t homemade have sambar powder try replacing it with 1/2 tbsp Chilli Powder + 1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder. Hopefully it should work. The veggies I use to prepare this sambar are shallots,drumstick & tomato. However you can replace it with Raddish or carrot or anyother veggies of your choice. The following measurement yields sambar which is sufficient for atleast 4-5 people 😬😬