Sambar (Varutharacha Sambar)

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Today I would like to share the recipe of Sambar  or Varutharacha Sambar. This Sambar is made with freshly  ground spices and coconut hence its taste is unique. It is one of the must item in onam sadya menu. This South Indian recipe made with lentils and vegetables is also an accompaniment for idlis, Vadas and Dosas . Do give a try to this yummy sambar recipe and share your comments below.


½ cup Toor dal

2  cups of  Vegetables  cut into pieces

(I have taken one drumstick, a piece of pumpkin

10 small onions, and one tomato)

1tsp  tamarind pulp

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp hing

1tsp  salt

For Roasting and Grinding

½ cup coconut

3 or 4 small onions

Few curry  leaves

2 tbsp coriander seeds

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

4 or 5 red chillies

For tempering

1tsp Mustard  seeds

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

2 broken red chillies

Few coriander leaves

3 tsp oil


Pressure cook toor dal . Mash it well and keep aside.

Add  one teaspoon of oil and roast the fenugreek seed, redchillies and coriander seeds till good aroma starts coming. Remove it from pan and add one teaspoon of oil. Roast the coconut, small onions and curry leaves till the coconut turns golden brown.

Grind it to a smooth paste and keep aside.

Cook the chopped vegetables along with required water, turmeric powder and salt. Cook till the veggies are done.

Now add dal and Tamarind paste. When it boils add the coconut paste and hing to it. Add water to adjust the thickness of the curry. When it boils thoroughly remove from flame.

Heat 1sp  oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and the red chillies  to it. When it crackles add it to the sambar. Garnish with coriander leaves and curry leaves and serve with  rice or with idli or dosa.

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