The Real Thing Revealed

brinjal sambhar
brinjal sambhar made according to ISG’s Drumstick Sambhar recipe

So what’s more precious than gold?

Revathi, Jyothsna and Richa get gold stars — it’s sambhar powder. Not just any sambhar powder though — Nupur and Sandeepa get an extra star for mentioning ISG’s recipe. And that’s not all it is!

A few days back ISG posted her family recipe for sambhar powder;
she said it was “specially for me”.
I was very happy and I sent her a note to say so.

ISG very kindly offered to send me some of the “real thing”. How could I refuse?!
I gratefully accepted thinking I would get a nice little packet to try. Imagine my surprise, and then my delight, when I found this *gigantic* bag-in-a-bag waiting for me last night!

sambhar powder from ISG
homemade sambhar powder from ISG and her ammayi!

When I wrote to thank her, I was surprised again to learn that not only is this ISG’s family recipe — it comes straight from India! Of course I had to open it and try some right away, so I made sambhar with eggplants I had in the fridge. I can’t wait to taste it with drumsticks. Now that I know what I’ve been missing, I’ll never go back to store-bought — this is total tastebud tantalization!!

So what’s more precious than gold? Homemade sambhar powder, for sure, but even more precious is the generosity of spirit that prompted a friend I have never met to share something so dear. As ISG said, “it’s a little bit of home and aroma all the way from there, with ammayi’s magic”. That is priceless.

This beautiful, silky-soft gift with the heavenly aroma will hold a special place in my home. Thank you, ISG, you are a sweetheart!! 🙂

more precious than gold…

more precious than gold… sambhar powder made by ISG’s grandmother

Speaking of things dear to the heart, I’m off to the lakes for a few days — hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

desolate beauty -- huron coast
lake huron coast in late winter


  1. revathi said

    sambar powder ??

  2. Swapna said

    Is it something to do with mangoes?

  3. mathy said

    Goda Masala?? :scratching chin:

  4. Suganya said

    Curry powder??

  5. bee said

    the stuff left over after making carrot juice.

  6. Jyothsna said

    No clue…. sambhar powder??

  7. trupti said

    Viji’s Curry powder? Goda Masala?


  8. Nupur said

    I’m guessing it is sambar powder from Indosungod’s recipe??

  9. sandeepa said

    so you made indo’s sambar masala ?

  10. Asha said

    Garam Masala?! Punjabi one?!

  11. sharmi said

    what could be precious than gold? is it cinnamon powder? looks like some chutney!!

  12. Tee said

    more precious than gold you say…all I can think of is Saffron 🙂 but I am not sure if powdered saffron looks like this 🙂

  13. Richa said

    home made sambar powder

  14. Hi Tee — glad you came by 🙂

    Revathi, Jyothsna, Richa — y’all win, and Nupur and Sandeepa were very observant indeed! Great guesses and thanks for playing everyone 🙂

    Bee, if I’d only known I could get sambhar podi from carrots…………..


  15. Revathi said

    That is absolutely true. Anything and everything from India is very very veryyy precious and to have the heat to share it is ofcourse very very generous.. Hats off to ISG !! – I am happy Linda that you are savouring real sambar powder.

    Wasn’t that great of ISG! 🙂 I’m happy too — thanks, Revathi!

  16. Anita said

    Lucky Linda!

    True, family recipes are precious. And even more precious is the love with which a family member prepares a special recipe for you. Which is all the more precious if that family member is your grandmother – or as in this case, a blog-friend’s grandmother!

    I agree Anita… on all counts! 🙂

  17. pelicano said

    Hey Linda! Looks like I missed a quiz- ah well, I’m not sure I would have guessed rightfully anyway, but still…

    That is such a nice gift! And sambar-powder is indeed a precious thing: it makes the humble toor dhal into something incredible! And that’s magic! 🙂 Did I ever tell you that I am sorely addicted to daalitoy? I’ve been looking for a support-group… 😉

    Let me know if you find one Pel… I may join too 😉

  18. Nupur said

    Awww….how sweet! The things that money cannot buy!
    And yay I got two stars 😀 😉

    That’s the truth Nupur — those are always the best! 🙂

  19. indosungod said

    Linda! I am soooo glad you are enjoying it. If you do get hold of drumsticks give it a try in my opinion Drumstick is King where Sambhar is concerned.

    The sticky on the bag (makes me smile) was for the Post Master!! what if during the journey it leaks and they have to open the bag and wonder what it is!!! 🙂

    Now that made me smile ISG — here I wondered if you put that there in case I forgot what it is 😉 Glad none of that priceless spice spilled! And will def. be getting some drumsticks soon as I can get to the store. Thanks a million, again! 🙂

  20. MeltingWok said

    I don’t know what the secret ingredient is, but I’d love some of that shambar with roti right now, yums !:) Have a pleasant weekend, Linda 🙂

    Thank you and hope you had a great weekend too! 🙂

  21. Jyothsna said

    Yay!! So I’m good at guessing huh?? 🙂 Great to hear you got some precious sambar powder straight from India! Yum!

    You have the touch, Jyothsna! Thanks 🙂

  22. sandeepa said

    That was such a sweet gesture ISG !!!

    I agree, Sandeepa 🙂

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