Buttermilk Sambhar - Cook Smart

This unusual sambhar is a treat for even the most discerning palate This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Buttermilk Sambhar - Cook Smart

Main Ingredients Sour buttermilk, Dried red chillies
Cuisine South Indian
Course Dals and Kadhis
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Tangy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Buttermilk Sambhar - Cook Smart

  • 1 cup Sour buttermilk
  • 3-4 Dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 6-7 Black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons Poppy seeds
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coconut scraped
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mustard seeds
  • 20-25 Curry leaves
  • 10-12 Shallots peeled
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup Boondi


  1. Put dried red chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, poppy seeds, garlic cloves and coconut into a grinder jar. Add a little water and grind into a smooth paste.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 10-15 curry leaves and shallots and saute well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Transfer ground paste into a bowl, add buttermilk and mix well. Add salt and turmeric powder and mix well.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to the pan, mix well and simmer till it comes to a boil.
  5. Add boondi, mix and simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Heat remaining oil in another non-stick pan. Add remaining mustard seeds and remaining curry leaves, let the seeds splutter and add this tempering to the sambhar.
  7. Serve hot.