Arachivitta sambar - This is yet another authentic dish of South India and is quite different from the regular sambar we prepare. As the name implies this recipe gets an impeccable flavor form the roasted spice powder and tanginess from the tamarind . If you are bored with the usual sambar , then give this recipe a try. 

A perfect sambar comprises of  thuvar dal cooked along with vegetables,tamarind extract and sambar powder. There are quite a lot of variations in preparing sambar, depending on the vegetables and the spices used , the taste also differs. 

Sambar powder, the key ingredient required for preparing sambar , is not required for this recipe. It is replaced with the freshly grounded spices of coriander seeds, dry red chillies, channa dal,coconut and urad dal.This is the variation to this sambar recipe,any vegetable of your choice can be used and I mostly prefer Drumstick,brinjal or yellow pumpkin. Serve it with Idli or Dosa or just plain rice.

Preparation time : 15 minutes                                         
Cooking time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4

For this recipe you need

  • 1 cup of Toor| Thuvar Dal, cooked and mashed
  • Tamarind extract - (extracted from gooseberry sized tamarind) - 1 cup
  • 1 medium-sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped 
  • 1 cup of cubed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Salt
  • Oil

 For Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of mustard and urad dal
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafoetida

        For the Masala Powder
        • 1 tbsp. of  channa dal
        • 1 1/2 tbsp. of coriander seeds
        • 2 tsp. of urad dal
        • 4 - 5 dry  red chillies
        • 1 1/2  tbsp. of grated coconut


        Pressure cook thuvar dal with a pinch of turmeric powder until soft and keep it aside.

        Heat oil in a pan and add all the ingredients listed under masala powder. Fry it on medium flame until fragrant, about 2- 3 minutes. Allow it to cool and grind them to a fine powder.

        Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. When they crackle , add the urad dal, curry leaves and asafoetida. Stir for a min. 

        Add the chopped onions and fry it until soft. 

        Add the tomatoes and pumpkin , fry it for a minute, add a cup of water , cover and allow the veggie to cook on medium flame

        Now add the cooked thuvar dal and tamarind extract to it and allow it to boil for a couple of minutes.

        Finally stir in the grinded masala along with salt  gently and add water if needed,let it boil for few more minutes in a low flame.

        Remove from heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

        Arachuvitta sambar is ready to be served.

        Serve it with Idli, dosa or with plain rice and enjoy :)

        Aruna Manikandan

        I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)


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        1. Lovely sambhar.....Like this texture....First time on ur space.Happy to follow you.Would be glad if u follow me back........


        2. Lovely sambar... Love the traditions chatti

        3. Very delicious and lovely looking sambar...
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        4. Hi Aruna was thinking it is long since any recipe came from ur side.Hope u r doing good.
          Arachuvitta sambar looks yum.

        5. Yummy looking healthy sambhar...looks so invitinig.

        6. Glad to see u back Aruna, fingerlicking sambar, love it to the core.

        7. Glad to see u back Aruna, fingerlicking sambar, love it to the core.

        8. Welcome back Aruna..This sambhar looks delicious and flavorful..

        9. my dad is a big fan of freshly ground spiced sambar...nothing beats the aroma around

        10. This sambhar made with freshly ground spice is sounding delicious.

        11. Topping of coconut oil on the sambhar with Hot idly :) OMG i am feeling that i am in heaven !

        12. I love this a lot, super post :) Was wondering where you have been, good to see ur post

        13. different way to prepare but still to see you at my space too.

        14. Love this sambar, nice clicks..

        15. What a lovely and quick recipe. Thanks for sharing

        16. I make regular sambar must try this one as u said :)

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