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Jan 22, 2013

Arachu vitta Sambhar

Make a delicious Arachu Vitta Sambar using this simple recipe from my Madappalli.

Tovar Dhal                              1 cup
 Tamarind extract                   ½ cup
Red chili powder                      1 tsp.
Sambhar Powder                      1 tsp.
Turmeric Powder                        ¼ tsp.
Salt                                                to taste
Hing                                               ¼ tsp.
Chopped white pumpkins      ½ cup
Chopped carrots                       ½ cup
Tomatoes                                  2 no.
Curry leaves                              1 stem
Dry ingredients:  
Chenna Dhal (Bengal gram)     - ½ cup
Whole red chilies                          8 no.
Shredded Coconut                        ½ cup
Coriander seeds                            1 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds                             ½ tsp.
Oil                                                    1 tsp.
For Seasoning:
Coconut oil                                   2 tsp.
Mustard seeds                             1 tsp.
Broken Red chilies                       2 no.
Methi seeds                                 ½ tsp.

  • Boil the Tovar dal in a pressure cooker. Mash it and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai; fry all the dry ingredients for 3 minutes.
  • Then grind together red chili powder, Sāmbhar powder, with some water. Grind like a paste. Keep aside.
  • Cook the vegetables (pumpkins, carrots) with a turmeric powder in a little water.  Remove from the fire, when soft.
  • Heats the coconut oil in a pan, add tomatoes, saute for a minute. Now add the ground Sāmbhar masala. Stir well. Add the cooked vegetables, mashed Tovar dhal and tamarind extract. Mix well and add   2 cups of water. Let it cook 20 minutes on low medium heat.
  • In a small kadai, heat 2 tsp. of coconut oil and add all seasonings. Let it simmer till they begin to crackle.
  • Add to the Sāmbhar and serve hot with rice. 


  1. I love arachi vitta sambar they taste awesome. They are my favorite nicely made.

  2. Thanks janani. They are my favorite also

  3. wow, i have been looking for Sambhar recipe! we don't get Sambhar here and i told everyone that i know how to cook Sambhar and will prepare it one day :D. will bookmark this page.


  4. Hi Debajyoti

    Thanks for the comment. Feel free to try the recipes and let me know how it went


  5. lovely page, great recipes am glad to find you here...


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