'Arachi vitta sambar' means a sambar made by adding fresh masala in liquid form prepared at home by a mortar.
This is the traditional sambar of India. No need to buy a sambar powder. So the taste won't vary by the brand of powder we purchase.
Mom used to have a hand mortar called 'ammi' to make the masala paste and for me those sambars have tasted heavenly. Here is my attempt to bring back that aroma:)
Homely sambar / arachi vitta sambar / sambar without sambar powder:
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - strawberry size
asafoetida - 2 pinches
Tomato - 1
carrot / radish /unripe mango/ beans / brinjal or any mixed vegetable- 1 cup
Roast and grind:
coriander seed - 2 tbsp
dry red chilly - 6
channa dhal - 1 tbsp
Toor dhal - 1 tsp
fenugreek - 1/4 tsp
Shredded coconut - 3 tbsp
Mustard seed - 1 tsp
cumin - a few
shallot onion - 5 to 10
curry leaves - 1 sprig
oil / ghee - 1 tbsp
Soak the tamarind in 1 cup water for 20 minutes. Squeeze it and get the extract.
Wash and clean the Toor dal .Pressure cook it along with turmeric powder ,asafoetida and a cup of water for a whistle , reduce flame and cook for 10 minutes.
(If you do not have pressure cooker then boil 2 cups of water and add the dal, water,turmeric powder ,asafoetida and oil.Close it and cook till the dhal becomes soft.)
Then mash it coarsely. Keep aside.
Cook the vegetables in tamarind extract with salt.
Heat a tsp of oil and fry all the items given (except coconut) to roast and grind to a fine paste.
Add this paste to the cooked vegetables and let it boil.
Immediately add the mashed dhal and check for salt.
Heat oil / ghee in a wok and let the mustard splutter. Then add the shallot (skinned but whole), curry leaf ,cumin . Saute till the onion becomes golden brown.
Pour it over the kulambu and let it come to a boil.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.
Serve with rice or idly /dosa.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Arachi vitta sambar
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It always has its own flavour
i love to have with idly....
I m yet to try this version of sambar..
sounds wonderful and looks so yummy!!!
Village style sambar with the help of 'ammi' to grind the paste..excellent Viki..now I'm imaging the taste of the curry...delicious :)
Thanks for this sambar made with home ground sambar masala paste..sure will taste gr8..a must try..
Yummy.. Never tried this sambar will try someday.. Thanks for sharing the recipe..
I can smell the aroma of arachuvitta sambar Viki.. its my all time favorite...
one of my posts in drafts..araichu vitaley taste super thaan...looks very very yummy viki
lovely sambar,perfect with idlis
My all time favourite, looks delicious!!
Looks yummy and loved ur version..sounds gr8..next time will try this.Thanks for sharing
I love the sambar varities, my neighbour aunty shares this one when she makes it, I love the soothing flavour and taste, thanks for the recipe viki
yummy sambar dear........lovely recipe.
I love the flavour.. so fresh and authentic.
the flavour of roasted spices freshly ground, hummm, manamey manam dhan, right?
if only I could bring the ammi kallu here, hummm, there is something special in the taste when ground in ammi kallu;
I know someone who still uses only a ammi kallu for chutneys and some puli kozhambus...
need some idlis to go with it :)
Classic sambar that tastes heavenly with fried papad :-)
I love this so much ... great with idly, rice and dosa.
Awesome sambar! Fresh masala too - wow!
The ingredients tell it all viks..we make varutharacha sambar almost the same way..looks authentic and yummo..hey,we can't live without sambar..can we ?
Soo yummy and fresh sambar...
lovely sambar...our favourite one
It is a hit in the 'top 10' in the sambar category in the house! Anyway, it looks really fabulous and fantastic!
hi vicky, new here,,very authentic blog..love ur sambar i would love tohave this with daosa... following u..plz drop by my blog when u get the time!
Sounds good,must be great with idlies.
Ann: Yes dear, we too call it as varutharacha sambar...and there is a varutharaha puli curry too:) But other than my home town , many call it as arachi vitta sambar. Thanks for telling me my home style name. Btw, I liked your version in your blog also very much.
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