Araithuvitta Sambar


  • Thuvar Dhal – 1/2 cup
  • Drumstick – 1 (or any other desired vegetable)
  • Sambar Onion – 5 to 6
  • Tomato – 1
  • Tamarind – A small lemon size
  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

To fry and grind:

  • Red Chillies – 6 to 8
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Bengal Gram dhal – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Jeera – ¼ teaspoon
  • Fenugreek – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Grated coconut – 1 tablespoon
  • Oil – 2 teaspoon
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 2 teaspoon
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafetida powder – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – few


  1. Cook thuvar dhal along with a pinch of turmeric powder in a cooker till soft.
  2. Cut drumstick (or any other vegetable) into 2 inch length pieces. Cut sambar onion into two. Chop tomato finely.
  3. Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice. Add required water and make 2 cups of tamarind water.
  4. In a kadai put two teaspoons of oil and fry red chillies, coriander seeds, Bengal gram dhal, pepper, jeera, fenugreek and coconut gratings on medium flame till the dhal turn golden yellow and nice aroma comes out. Cool it and grind to a paste. Wash the mixie and add that to the ground paste and mix well. Keep it aside.
  5. In a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and add sambar onion and fry till it turns transparent. Add chopped tomato and fry till it mashes well. Add drum stick pieces (or any other vegetable pieces) along with sambar powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and add just enough water to cover the vegetable. Cook on medium flame till the vegetable is soft. Add tamarind water and again allow to boil. When it starts boiling, add the ground paste, cooked dhal and stir well. Cook till it starts boiling again.
  6. Season it with mustard, asafetida powder and curry leaves.


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