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Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala
A Traditional way to make Sambar

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 Lemon Size Tamarind
0.5 Cup Toor Dal (Pigeon pea) 1 cup = 250 ml
10 Shallots / Baby Onions
0.5, Chopped Tomato
1, Chopped Drumstick
1, Cubed Carrot
1, Cubed Potato
0.25 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
To Taste Salt
A Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
For Garnishing Coriander Leaves
For Grinding
1 Teaspoon Oil
2 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
1 Tablespoon Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
0.5 Teaspoon Peppercorns
0.25 Teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
6 Red Chili
0.25 Cup Grated Coconut
For Tempering
1 Teaspoon Oil
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1, Slit Green Chilli
Few Curry Leaves

Nutritional information

1 Cup
Serving
308 g
Calories
9 g
Fat
57 g
Carbs
15 g
Protein

A dish which is so intrinsic to Tamil Nadu cuisine ! A Perfect mix for hot steaming Rice!

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Arachuvitta Sambar – A Traditional method to make Sambar

It is a traditional method and an authentic way to make sambar in Tamil Nadu. ‘Arachuvitta‘ in Tamil means ‘Freshly Ground’. Freshly ground sambar masala gives fresh aroma, texture and the sambar tastes very good than the sambar made with readymade sambar powder. When we need to cook sambar in larger quantities we usually prefer making it using Arachuvitta sambar method as it  gives more quantities than the sambar made using readymade Sambar Powder .

Different ways to make Arachuvitta Sambar

Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala can be done in two ways. Both the ways are similar with just one variation of adding coconut. If you are making Sambar as a daily routine, then we don’t need to add coconut every time. Adding coconut definitely make the sambar much more richer, both in terms of taste and calories.  I prefer adding coconut when making sambar using Radish or Vengaya Sambar (Shallots) . I have given the video version of both ways. It’s your choice to make this sambar with /without coconut

Other different ways to make Sambar

Sambar can be made in many different ways. The sambar being made in Karnataka  is different from what we make in Tamil Nadu.  My MIL usually add multiple veggies in the sambar to make it much healthier. Please check out the recipes of different types of sambar

The most easiest and quick ways to make the Sambar is using readymade sambar powder. We can make Sambar Powder at home and store it in airtight container. I always do that regularly.

Video Version of Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala with Coconut

Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala

Video Version of Arachivitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala without Coconut

Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala

How to Make Arachuvitta Sambar ?

(For the detailed step by step instructions along with pictures and more details, please scroll down further to Steps section below)

  1. Take toor dal in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until it is mushy.
  2. Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 mins and extract the juice and set it aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add the grinding ingredients other than coconut and fry them till the dal turns light brown color. Cool the roasted ingredients and take it to mixer jar and add grated coconut and grind them to a fine paste and set it aside
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add green chili and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Finally add shallots and saute in oil till translucent
  5. Now add tomato along with other veggies and saute for 2 mins. Add water and cook the veggies till they are half done
  6. When the veggies are half-done, add tamarind extract along with salt and asafoetida and allow the tamarind to boil till its raw smell goes off
  7. When the raw smell of tamarind goes off, add mashed dal and mix well. Allow the sambar to boil for a minute. Add ground paste and stir well. Add water to adjust the consistency of sambar
  8. Boil the sambar in medium flame for 2 mins and garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame
  9. Serve the delicious Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala with hot steaming rice along with ghee and relish this yummy sambar

Notes

  1. You can make this sambar without shallots / onions. For festival we used to make sambar but without onion (no onion – no garlic)
  2. You can add the vegetables of your choice in the Sambar. The common vegetables are Brinjal, Lady’s Finger, Drumstick, Potato, Raw Banana, Carrot, Capscium, etc., You can choose the vegetables that you like and use it.
  3. Make sure that Drumstick is cooked completely before you add Tamarind. Drumstick won’t cook nicely in Tamarind water.
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Steps

1
Done
15 mins

Cooking Dal

Take toor dal in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until it is mushy. Mash the cooked dal and set it aside

2
Done
10 mins

Soaking Tamarind

Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 mins and extract the juice and set it aside

3
Done
5 mins

Preparing Grinding Ingredients

Heat oil in a pan and add the grinding ingredients other than coconut and fry them till the dal turns light brown color. Cool the roasted ingredients and take it to mixer jar and add grated coconut and grind them to a fine paste and set it aside

4
Done
2 mins

Tempering Time

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Add green chili and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Add shallots and saute in oil till translucent

5
Done
5 mins

Adding other veggies

Add tomato along with other veggies and saute for 2 mins. Add water and cook the veggies till they are half done

6
Done
5 mins

Time to add Tamarind

When the veggies are half-done, add tamarind extract along with salt and asafoetida and allow the tamarind to boil till its raw smell goes off

7
Done
2 mins

Adding Dal

When the raw smell of tamarind goes off, add mashed dal and mix well. Allow the sambar to boil for a minute. Add ground paste and stir well. Add water to adjust the consistency of sambar

8
Done
2 mins

Garnishing Time

Boil the sambar in medium flame for 2 mins and garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame

9
Done

Ready to Serve!

Serve the delicious Arachuvitta Sambar | Sambar with Fresh Ground Masala with hot steaming rice along with ghee and relish this yummy sambar

Sowmya Venkatachalam

IT Engineer turned full time Food Blogger. I ♡ FOOD. I also love food blogging.Did you make a recipe? Tag @Subbusktichen on Instagram. I WANNA SEE!

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12 Comments Hide Comments

Hi Subha

For joint families or if we have more guests coming, instead of using sambar powder, if we grind the ingredients and add it then we will get more quantity. So i have given this recipe. I have included coconut in another recipe 'onion sambar'

Yes Mami, Onion Sambar I read after posting this comment

Thanks.. Will try Onion Sambar (without Sambar podi) this weekend

Thanku
Subha

mami, yes i tried with sambar podi for araithuvita onion sambar but it tasted like brinjal pitlai. so wanted to clarify as to what went wrong

Hi Lalitha, for Pitlai, we use urdal and also we fry the grated coconut till it turns red color. But for this onion sambar, we dont fry the coconut and we dont use urdal. Please try again and let me know your comments.

Maami: Have you used brinjal in the recipe you have shown as pics? It is not mentioned in the recipe. How much brinjal do you add?

Namaskaram maami,
Your recipes used to have the ingredients quantity before. It was so convenient. Now I can’t see the quantities of ingredients. Please change to the older version. Also I think some recipes have been changed and are no longer traditional versions. You are my guide for traditional recipes. I can’t see your name on the recipes as well these days. Have you stopped blogging maami?

Sorry for that Subhashini. I believe u r using mobile device to view the recipe. Is that correct? In the mobile version, the ingredients are shown in a collapsed way. There is a + button near the ingredients which has to be expanded to view it. I will work with the template and make sure the ingredients are visible by default/.

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