Varutharacha Sambar


For Sambar Masala:

  • Dry Red Chillies - 5 to 6
  • Coriander Seeds / Mullu Malli - 5 tblspn
  • Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 2 tblspn
  • Urad Dal / Uludu Paruppu - 2 tblspn
  • Cumin Seeds  - 1.5 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds / Vendayam - 1 tsp
  • Coconut - 4 tblspn grated
  • Oil - 1 tsp

Vegetables for Sambar:
  • Carrot - 1 cubed
  • Ladysfinger - 4 chopped
  • Potato - 1 cubed
  • Drumstick - 1 cup cubed
  • Cucumber - 1 cup cubed
  • Brinjal - 3 small cubed
  • String Beans - 6 chopped
  • Beans - 5 chopped

For Seasoning:
  • Oil / Ghee - 2 tblspn
  • Mustard Seeds  - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli - 2
  • Curry Leaves - a handful
  • Hing/Asafoetida - 1 tsp


First cook dal, by taking all the ingredients given for cooking dal in a pressure cooker for 3 whistle, simmer the cooker for 5 mins. turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and mash up the dal. Set aside.

Preparing sambar masala:

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add in all the sambar masala ingredients. Roast on a low heat till it gets golden.

Remove this to a blender and add little water at a time and make it into a fine paste. Set aside.

Making Sambar:

Wash the vegetables and cut them into medium sizes.


Take a big pot. Heat 2 tblspn of oil. Once it is hot, add in onions, shallots, green chillies, tomatoes and curry leaves. Saute for a couple of mins.

Add in all the veggies along with salt and turmeric powder. Mix that well for 5 min or so. So there is no raw smell. 

Now add the grounded paste along with little water and cover the pot and cook for 10 mins till the veggies are tender.

Add in jaggery and tamarind pulp.

Now add the cooked dal to it.Mix well and taste the sambar adjust the seasoning. simmer the pot for 10 to 15 mins.

Now make seasoning by heating oil or ghee and frying all the ingredients listed. 

Pour this over the sambar and mix well.

Add in lots of chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Tasty Sambar is ready. Serve hot with rice.

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