September 24, 2009

Arachuvitta Sambhar

Posted in Dinner, Gravy, Indian Lunch at 3:20 pm by kalpana


This sambhar tastes just like hotel sambhar.


  1. Chopped veggies (carrots, eggplant,beans)- 4 cups
  2. onion medium -1
  3. Toor Dal – 3/4 cup
  4. Tomatoes – 2
  5. Tamarind pulp – 1/2 cup
  6. Turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Mustard seeds – 1
  8. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  9. Ghee – 3 tablespoons

To Toast and grind

  1. Freshly grated coconut – 3 tablespoons
  2. Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  3. Chana dal – 2 teaspoons
  4. Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Dry Red chillies – 3 (can be adjusted to suit your taste)


  • Soak the toor dal in water for 4-5 hours.
  • Pressure cook the veggies,finely chopped tomatoes,toor dal,turmeric powder,tamarind pulp,salt with little water.
  • You can also cook the dal and veggies seperately, if you want to.This way, you need not worry about overcooking the veggies.In this case ,no need to soak the dal in water.
  • Heat a pan.slowly toast the coconut till it turns to a nice caramel brown color and keep it aside.This is a very important step for a delicious sambhar.
  • In the same pan ,toast chana dal,cumin seeds,red chillies till you get a nice aroma.
  • On a low heat,toast the coriander powder as it may burn easily.If you using whole coriander seeds,you can toast it along with the other ingredients.
  • Add a little water to the toasted ingredients and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Now ,add the paste to the cooked toordal-veggie mixture and bring it to a boil.Add water if it is too thick.
  • For tempering,heat ghee in a pan,add the mustard seeds,curry leaves,finely chopped onion and saute them for few mins.
  • Add it to the sambhar,mix well and garnish with cilantro.


  1. homecooked said,

    Wow…I have to try this if tastes like hotel sambhar 🙂 Looks yummy!

  2. kalpana said,

    Thanks home cooked..Make sure you are getting the measurements right when you make it.I hope you like it dear 🙂

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