Toor dal Tiffin Sambar-Idli Dosa Sambar

Toor dal Tiffin SambarHere is a recipe on Toor dal Tiffin Sambar. I usually prepare tiffin sambar only with moong dal. But at times, it is easier for me to reserve some portion of cooked toor dal in the morning for tiffin. It saves me time in cooking dal. In moong dal sambar texture for the sambar is created with the dal. But with toor dal, we need to create the texture using vegetables only. You can use potato or yellow pumpkin to create the texture. In the recipe below I had used Parangikai (Yellow pumpkin), but you can substitute cooked and mashed potato in its place.

Here is a simple recipe for Toor dal Tiffin Sambar.

Toor dal Tiffin Sambar
Toor dal Tiffin Sambar
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Tiffin
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4 peopl
  • 1/2 Cup Toor dal/Thuvaram paruppu
  • 1 Tbsp Sambar powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Asefoetida/Perungayam
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 10 nos Small onions/Chinna Vengayam peeled
  • 2 Nos Tomato/Thakkali Chopped
  • 50 grams Yellow Pumpkin/Parangikai Cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander stem Optional
To temper
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Spring Curry leaves/Karuveppilai
  • 2 Nos Dry red chilli/Milagai
  • 1/4 Tsp Vendayam/Methi optional
  • 1/4 Lemon Size Tamarind Squeezed
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds/Kadugu
  1. Pressure cook toor dal and yellow pumpkin together to mashing consistency. If you are using potato in place of yellow pumpkin, dice it and add cook it along with dal. I used coriander stem and added it to the dal.

  2. Soak tamarind in water and extract its juice. Gather other ingredients.

  3. In a kadai, add oil in medium flame. Add mustard seeds and when it cracks add methi seeds along with dry chillies. When raw smell goes off, add onions and fry in low flame. Cook till onion turns pink and add chopped tomatoes. Fry till tomatoes become tender. 

  4. To this, add extracted tamarind water along with salt and sambar powder. Cook till raw smell of tamarind and sambar powder disappears.  Add asafoetida at this stage.

  5. To this add dal and pumpkin mixture and allow the ingredients to blend well. Dilute to consistency as needed. Cook together for 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*The body for the sambar is given by the pumpkin. If you do not have pumpkin, you can use peeled and diced potato. 


*Mash the vegetable with dal completely. 


*Tiffin sambar has to be more runny than sambar prepared for lunch, and hence adjust consistency.


*If using potato, you might like to add a pinch of jaggery towards the end.

Toor dal Tiffin Sambar-Step by step instructions


*Pressure cook toor dal along with yellow pumpkin to mashing consistency.Toor dal Tiffin Sambar

*Squeeze water from tamarind and gather other ingredients.Toor dal Tiffin Sambar

*Heat oil in a kadai. In low flame add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. To this, add methi seeds, dry chillies and curry leaves. Put peeled small onions and cook in low flame till onions turn pink. To this, add tomatoes and allow tomatoes to become tender. Toor dal Tiffin Sambar

*Pour in squeezed tamarind juice along with sambar powder and salt. Add Asefoetida and cook till raw smell disappears.Toor dal Tiffin Sambar

*Mash dal and add to the kadai. Adjust consistency and cook together for five more minutes. I enjoyed it with Idli and you can enjoy it with Paneer Masala Dosai and Ven pongal also.

Related: Hope you tried Coconut chutney and Idli milagai podi. They are also awesome combination with Idli. 

 Also check my troubleshooting guide for Sambar or Kuzhambu. It has loads of tips that comes handy everyday.

Do leave your footprints by commenting below. You can also let me know your feedback by clicking any of the social media buttons in this page.

Leave a Reply