Arachuvitta Sambar

Arachuvitta Sambar

This is the Palakkad Brahmin way of making sambar.

Arachuvitta SambarThis is the Palakkad Brahmin way of making sambar.


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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisinesouth indian
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time45 minutesPT0H45M
  • Total Time45 minutesPT0H45M


Mixed vegetables  
3 cups
Tur Dal
1/2 cup
Tamarind - gooseberry sized
Fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds 
1 tsp
1/4 cup
Red chillies
Asafoetida  a
1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
to taste
Curry leaves
1 sprig


  1. Saute vegetables for a minute to remove the raw smell.
  2. Pressure cook dal till its cooked soft.
  3. Soak tamarind in hot water and extract its juice.
  4. Boil the vegetables in water alongwith salt, turmeric and tamarind juice.
  5. Dry roast fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies, asafoetida and grated coconut. If coriander seeds are not available, you can use coriander powder too. 
  6. Grind the above roasted mixture into a smooth paste.
  7. Mash the pressure cooked dal.
  8. Add the dal to the boiled vegetables.
  9. Add the ground mixture to the above mixture and heat well.
  10. Crackle mustard seeds in a little oil.
  11. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves to the sambar.