Key spices in Sambar

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

South Indian food is not only devoured by the population in the south of the county but is loved all across. May it be steaming hot and tender idlis or crispy dosas, we all love a good south Indian meal which is incomplete without its perfect companion, sambar. 

Sambar, a dish commonly loved and devoured by most Indians, contains not only various nutritious benefits but is also known for its spicy and tangy taste. This aromatic and flavourful dish is made up of tamarind, vegetables and dal. Sour, spicy and satisfying, the unique authentic flavours of Sambar are truly refreshing. But, the lip-smacking South Indian preparation is not just filled with flavour but holds a number of health benefits, every sambar lover must know.

Sambar powder also traditionally known as sambar podi is a spice blend used to make the dish. Most Indian families have their own sambar powder recipe, curated with ingredients added according to their liking and preferences. However, these days the availability of ready to use sambar powders has made the preparation of sambar easier and faster.

Sambar is a mixture of local spices such as coriander, chilli, turmeric, black pepper, cumin, asafoetida, curry leaves, methi seeds and sugar; with its main ingredient being urad dal. These spices go through a process of roasting and grinding in order to prepare an ideal sambar powder. Each spice adds its own special flavour to make a mouth-watering sambar.

Tata Sampann Sambar Masala is a special recipe created by the renowned Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. It is now easy to achieve authentic sambar in your kitchen using this carefully curated masala which creates a perfect balance of taste. The spices used in this masala are handpicked from top quality farms in the country to ensure optimal quality and consistent taste every time you make sambar.

The spices in the sambar masala help boost immunity and are anti-inflammatory in nature. Tata Sampann Sambar Masala is naturally rich as it uses spices that have their natural oils intact therefore this masala doesn’t use ‘spent spices’ like other masalas available in the market. Spent spices have had their essential oils extracted for other purposes which negatively impacts the flavour and nutritional value.

The packaging of the Tata Sampann Sambar Masala is very particular as it ensures that the natural goodness is not compromised on its way to your kitchen. Each 100g masala pack contains 5 individual packets to retain the freshness, original flavour, natural oils and all other natural properties.

What could some key health benefits of Sambar be?

  • Sambar helps in detoxifying the body as it contains a mix of detox friendly ingredients
  • It contains turmeric and curry leaves which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Fenugreek, commonly known as Methi, works as an excellent antibacterial agent.

Preparing sambar at home with the authentic South Indian taste is no more a dream with Tata Sampann’s Sambar Powder.  


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