Mar 11, 2008

Kolombya Pitto ( A Konkani sambar masala )...

Another must-have or rather a powder which most Konkani's will have is the Kolombya Pitto. Kolombo is the name for sambaar and pitto is powder. Coming to the powder first, here is the recipe.


Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Toor dal (split yellow pigeon peas) - 1/2 tsp
Udad dal (Split black gram) - 1/2 tsp
Chana dal (split chickpeas without seedcoat) - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds)- 1/4 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - 2 small pieces
Black pepper corns - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece - 1
Red Byadagi Chillies - 6
Haldi powder- a pinch


- Dry roast all the ingredients separately (without oil), except haldi powder.
- After cooling, powder all together ( including haldi) in a mixie until fine.
- Store it airtight container after cooled completely.

This was my second ingredient that I sent out in the Arusuvai chain. The recipe for Kolombo ...

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Red Chillies said...

The picture of the 'pitto' like the temple gopura looks good! One of these days I need to make the pitto myself. I always use the store bought stuff.

Meera said...

Thanks for your family recipe, Maya. Looking forward to Kolombo now. I can almost smell the aroma here.

Purnima said...

Maya, pitto looks very nice in color and must be very aromatic! Thks for sharing!

Sagari said...

adding toordal is a nice idea maya

Uma said...

wow, lovely picture. The sambar masala looks so aromatic and delicious. Our way of preparation is different than yours. Love to try yours too.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

thanks maya for sharing it ! Can make it at home, too !

Asha said...

Ooh! You made two kinds for Arusuvai? I made just one and sent it to both. Love the spice mound, looks yum!:)
I will go and check out Kumta now!

Cynthia said...

Darn! I don't get some of the dals you mentioned here! Darn, darn, darn! Nevertheless, I have it bookmarked.

Bharathy said...

Homemade powders are my greatest passion!..
Lovely medley of ingredients!
The Tamil powder we make is with lesser number of ingredients!

One of the BEST choice to be sent out for ARUSUVAI!:)!

Dhivya said...

Wow!konkani sambhar powder....thanks for giving the recipe maya...

Seema said...

Kolombiya pitto looks good! Its like i can smell it right of my lap top :-) Love the heap of Pitto!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

I've experienced that home made sambhar powder is the best..The fragrances are better and the masala is stronger too..Sure you would agree !! Thanks for sharing Maya .

remya said...

wow!!! i can feel that aroma of it....lovely powder....thanz

Maya said...

RC,thanx and yes, do tryit..I end up buying store bought too, but after making this realsied the difference. Home-made is so good..
Thnx Meera..
Thanx Purnima..
Sagari, I won't credit on adding the toordal in there. Its the original way :)..
Uma, Thanx and would love to see ur recipe also.

Maya said...

Soni, thanx!! Sure you can make it. With the kind of cakes you wow us with, this powder is like a breeze for you..

Asha, Thanx, yes, I made 2 kinds for Arusuvai after a lot of thinking and breaking my head deciding on what to send ;)..

Cynthia, I updated the names now, hope that helps :)..

Bharathy, Thanx for visiting and your kind words :)..

Maya said...

Dhivya, thanx, do try it..

Thanx Seema :)..

Swati, totally agree with what u say :)..

Thanx Remya :)..

Ramki said...

Hi Maya,
Am blogging your sambar powder in the 1001 sambar cookbook at

/Thanks for the recipe