Arachuvitta Sambar

Arachuvitta Sambar

This is the Palakkad Brahmin way of making sambar.

Meenakshy Ramachandran


  1. 3 cups Mixed vegetables
  2. 1/2 cup Tur Dal
  3. Tamarind gooseberry - sized
  4. 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  5. 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  6. 1/4 cup Coconut
  7. 5 chillies Red
  8. pinch Asafoetida a
  9. 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  10. 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  11. to taste Salt
  12. 1 sprig Curry leaves


45 mins
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    Saute vegetables for a minute to remove the raw smell.

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    Pressure cook dal till its cooked soft.

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    Soak tamarind in hot water and extract its juice.

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    Boil the vegetables in water alongwith salt, turmeric and tamarind juice.

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    Dry roast fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies, asafoetida and grated coconut. If coriander seeds are not available, you can use coriander powder too. 

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    Grind the above roasted mixture into a smooth paste.

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    Mash the pressure cooked dal.

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    Add the dal to the boiled vegetables.

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    Add the ground mixture to the above mixture and heat well.

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    Crackle mustard seeds in a little oil.

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    Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves to the sambar.

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