Kerala Sadhya Special Sambar Recipe –Varatharacha Sambar


  • Toor daal  : 1 cup
  • Drumsticks : 2 no (cut lengthwise)
  • Potatoes : 2 (large, cubed)
  • Tomato : 2 (medium, chopped)
  • pearl onion : Handful (cut into halves)
  • shallots -2 (medium, sliced thickly
  • Carrot- 2 (medium,cubes)
  • Beans-5 or 6(medium,chopped)
  • Pumpkin-(large, cubed)
  • Cucumber-(medium, chopped)
  • Green Chilly  : 2-3 (slit,lengthwise)
  • Tamarind  : Gooseberry sized (soaked in half a cup of hot water for 10 mins)
  • Grated Coconut : 1 cup
  • Coriander seed : 2tsp
  • Dry Red chilli  : 4 or 5 nos
  • Fenugreek  :1 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder : 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves  : 1 sprig
  • Oil :2tbsp (preferably coconut oil)
  • Salt –to taste
  • Water for cooking

Method :

  • First we take a heavy bottom mud pot,add toor daal with water, cook on a medium flame for
    12 to 13 minutes till the dal becomes mushy and soft.
  • Then we mash the dal well with a spoon ,  Cover and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan add dry red chilli and coriander seed saute well for some minutes
  • Add fenugreek seed and grated coconut , Stirring well roast the coconut till it becomes
    golden,  remove the pan from fire ,and keepaside.
  • Once the roasted coconut masala become warm.
  • Grind this to a fine paste adding enough water, don’t make it too thick or watery.
  • soak tamarind in a water. Cover and keep aside for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Later squeeze the pulp from the tamarind with your fingers and add in the bowl. Keep the
    tamarind pulp aside.
  • Take a heavy mud pot ,add vegetables like carrot, beans, potato, pumpkin, tomato, cucumber
    ,green chilli, drum stick etc…
  • Again we add water, curry leaves and salt mix well and cover and cook for couple of mins ..
  • Now we add asafoetida powder, and tamarind water mix well and cook for some minutes.
  • Again we add cooked dal and roasted grinded coconut masala in to the pan mix and cook
  • Remove from fire and keep a side.
  • Again we heat oil in a pan add mustard seed, Once the mustard seeds crackle,
  • Add dry red chilli ,pearl onion and curry leaves
  • Stir and fry till the red chilies change their colour.
  • Then we pour the tempering ingredients in the sambar.
  •  Cover and keep aside for some minutes , Then stir and serve
  • Kerala sadhya special sambar with meals
  • Enjoy the taste of sambar….

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