Friday, April 17, 2009

Varutharacha Sambhar ~ Sambhar with roasted Coconut & Spices

Wishing all of you a very belated Vishu and Chithirai Thirunal.I really don't know how time flies and try as I may,I'm struggling to devote some time to the blog.Vishu was great,with my parents around and together,we made a simple sadya.They left soon after that.Day after,I had a dinner party at home for hubby's Boss & Co and both of us wanted to make sure that we leave no stone unturned.Back breaking work,I should say;)!!

We made the famous Varutharacha Sambhar for Vishu and all of us loved it.I usually make Sambhar using Eastern Sambhar Masala[the best I've used so far].I saw this recipe for Varutharacha Sambhar,where the spices are roasted along with coconut and then ground to a paste and added to the cooked dal-vegetables.No prizes for guessing,I got this recipe from my recently acquired prized possession-my collection of recipes from Vanitha magazine.

Verdict-I might sound clich├ęd,but I don’t know how else to describe it.One of the best Sambhar I’ve ever prepared.The delicate taste of the roasted coconut + spices gives it the extra punch.Hubby gave his thumbs up and asked me why don’t I follow this recipe everytime I make Sambhar;-).

Varutharacha Sambhar ~ Sambhar with roasted coconut and spices!


Parippu/Toor Dal – ¾ cup
Mixed vegetables – 2 cups[I used drumsticks,carrot,potato,beans&tomato]
Tamarind – 1 small lemon size

To roast and grind
Channa dal – 2 tsp
Coriander – 4 tsp
Methi – ½ tsp
Red chillies – 10
Small onions/Shallots* – 2
Hing – 1 tsp
Grated coconut – ½ to ¾ cup

For Seasoning

Coconut oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Salt to taste

For garnish
Coriander leaves – 2-3 tbsp,chopped


Cook the dal till soft.
Dry roast the ingredients given for the masala till golden brown and grind to a smooth paste.
Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract as much as 2 cups of ‘puli vellam’-tamarind water from it.
Cook the vegetables in this tamarind water till done.
Add the ground masala and dal to the cooked vegetables and let it boil-till everything gets mixed.
Prepare seasoning in a pan with coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
Add the seasoning to the sambhar and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

*Small onions can be skipped.Though I got this recipe from a sadya special,I don’t think onions-garlic are added to dishes while making a sadya.It tastes great without the addition of onions too!!
Here's my Vishukkani and the Vishu Sadya!!


  1. Good to see you girl, make time for us too! ;D

    Wonderful looking Sambhar, masala with shallots sounds great. I will try. Weather is getting warmer here, so don't feel like cooking much except the daily stuff. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Wish you and your family a very Happy Vishu. Sambar looks and sounds delicious. I like sambar masala with coconut, as it makes it a little sweet. Have a great weekend.

  3. Yummy sambhar Divya..Using fresh spices would have given sambar a rice aroma and divine taste..

  4. Sambar looks Perfect! Love drumsticks...

  5. nice pic of sambar, it's difficult to get good clicks of gravies.

  6. Hope u had a great day, all look delicious :)

  7. happy vishu to you too. The sadya looks fab and love the smell of varutharacha sambar!! yummy..making me hungry, eventhough im still hogging on vishu leftovers :)

  8. sambar looks great Divya! What a delicious sadya you had! Hope you had a great vishu!

  9. sambar looks so delicious divya and that vishu sadya looks so inviting belated vishu wishes to you and your family i hope you had anice time

  10. DIvya, wishing u too though belated, season's greetings! The snaps look wt ur testimonial..surely this is on my agenda..the roasted coconut n spices aroma already creating waves in my imagination! Me too a Eastern Sambhar podi patron!:D (Got busy wt Sadya n stuff..had guests over, manage overall 12 items, by dinner time! Was happy for the compliments abt good food, sambhar especially!)
    Have a great weekend..shall b back here for posting feedback.My family sambhar fan! :)So gotto make this!

  11. Very tempting sambar. Lovely presentation. Traditional & nice click too.

  12. good pone..vishu sadya looks wonderful..I made a simple one for vishu..

  13. Great Post Divya :) Looks delicious :)

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  14. Delicious sadhya...! Wishes for you.! Have posted new one at my world food blog. Do check out!

  15. Happy Vishu!! Nice pictures and sambhar looks Yum!!

  16. MMMMMMMmmmmm..looking delicious..aroma comes here. tooo tempting

  17. The sambar looks great. I never added both tamarind and tomato to sambar because I thought it would make the sambar sour. I will try this the next time I make sambar.

  18. Me too make sambar with Eastern Sambar podi Divya....never tried varutharacha sambar....will try it:)

  19. Divu, donno I thought i posted feedback here. Made it last month itself.It was loved by all the 4 of us! :) Tks so much for sharing! (Here frm Orkut, pls do post the cake! Of course, after ur journey-exhaustion is completely over..wd wait :) ;))

  20. i just wanted to know when you said coriander, does it mean seeds or powder? thanks


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