Arachuvitta Sambar

Arachuvitta Sambar 

This arachuvitta sambar is a traditional South Indian delicacy made during special occasions when you need large quantities of sambar. Its ideal for making recipes like mini idli sambar,sambar vadais.
(For those who don't understand tamil ARACHUVITTA means to add something that is ground).
The speciality of this sambar is addition of freshly roasted and ground masala .It's easy to make and is very delicious.


Toor dhal-100gms
Onions-2 nos chopped
Tomatoes-2 nos chopped
Sambar powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind extract-from small lemon sized tamarind
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Asafetida a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tsps
Curry leaves a few
Coriander leaves a few

Grind Together 

Bengal gram dhal-2 tbsps
Dhaniya seeds-2 tbsps
Red chillies-8 nos
Grated dry coconut (kopparai)-1 tbsp optional


👉First dry roast the ingredients given for grinding in a kadai and grind to a fine powder set aside.
👉Cook the dhal with turmeric powder,a pinch of asafetida,1/2 tsp oil in a pressure cooker for 6 whistles mash well, set aside.
👉Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds,curry leaves and allow it to splutter,next add onions saute for few minutes followed by tomatoes and cook well.
👉Add the cooked dhal,sambar powder,tamarind extract,salt and required amount of water and cook the sambar for 5 minutes until raw smell goes.
👉Finally add the ground powder and mix well so that there are no lumps and bring the sambar to a boil .
👉Garnish and serve hot with idli,dosa,vada, Pongal etc.

Preparation time-20 mins


✍️Some people will make this sambar without the sambar powder and use only the ground powder but I personally feel that the Sambar tastes even better when you use both powders in combination.
✍️The powder can be stored and used when needed.
✍️After adding the ground masala the sambar will increase in quantity and will thicken so adjust consistency accordingly by adding hot water.
✍️You can add vegetables also.

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