Arachu-vitta Sambar (அரைத்துவிட்ட சாம்பார்)

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Arachu-vitta Sambar (அரைத்துவிட்ட சாம்பார்)



  • Small Onion – 10 nos (peel the skin and cut into half)
  • Tamrind paste – 2 tsp
  • Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Hing – ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves -few
  • Salt – to taste


  • Channa dal – 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 3 tsp
  • Red chili – 3 nos / to taste
  • Grated Coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Arachu Vitta Sambar Paste contents

For Seasoning:

  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustered seeds – ½ tsp
  • Urad dal (split) – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Hing- 2 pinch (for flavor)


  • Cook the toor dal with turmeric powder using enough water in the pressure cooker for 3 – 4 whistles. Once cooked, keep it aside and mash it.
  • Heat the kadai, add few drops of oil and add channa dal. Fry for 1-2 min and add coriander seeds and red chili. Fry until Dal gets golden color. Finally add the curry leaves and fry for 1 minute. Make sure not to burn the content. Let it cool.
  • Grind the above fried item with coconut and some water to a fine paste using a mixie.

Arachu-vitta Paste

  • Take a kadai, heat the oil and add the onion. Sauté it for few minutes and add tamarind extract (by mixing the tamarind paste with 2 cups water), turmeric powder, hing and salt. Let it boil until the raw smell is gone.
  • Then add the above ground paste, cooked – mashed toordal and 1 cup of water. Mix it well.
  • Heat the oil in a seperate utensil and add mustered seeds. When it splutters add urad dal and fenugreek seeds. When it gets golden color add hing and curry leaves. Pour it into the Sambar. Garnish it with Coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot with rice or use as a side dish for any south Indian Tiffin items.


  • You can add any extra vegetable (Drumstick/Carrot/White Pumpkin etc).
  • You can adjust the Sambar consistency as you like by adding water as needed while cooking.

There are 2 Comments

  1. Posted by dhivya Reply


  2. Posted by jeyashrisuresh Reply

    suresh’s fav, just made today with drumstick. The dangar pachadi (previous post)looks nice and my fav one. Thinking to post that in my blog also

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