Varutharacha Sambar (Thrissur Style) | Kerala Sadya Recipes for Vishu 2014

Varutharacha Sambar
Sambhar/Sambar is a very well known recipe in the southern parts of India.Varutharacha Sambar is one of kerala recipe that I learnt from my Friend and this sambhar prepartion is slightly different from Arachivitta sambar which i usually makes .I have prepared it last year at my friend’s place  for onam.This post slept in my draft almost a year and now am sharing this.May you guys try for Vishu.

Varutharacha Sambar (Thrissur Style) | Kerala Sadya Recipes for Vishu 2014
Author : Premalatha Aravindhan Category : Kerala Recipes, Sadya Recipes  Prep time: 10 mins cooking Time: 20 Mins Cuisine : Kerala Serves : 2-3

Ingredients:Varutharacha Sambar
1/2 cup Toor dal
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 Drumstick, cut into 2 ” pieces
2 cups Winter melon , cut into medium sized cubes
2 cups Pumpkin,cut into medium sized cubes
2 Carrots, cubed
1 Tomato, cubed
A Gooseberry sized Tamarind(soak in warm warm and extract the juice)
Salt to taste
To roast and grind
1 tsp Coconut oil
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Chana dal
A generous pinch Hing / asafoetida
2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 Dry red chillies
1 tbsp Grated coconut (optional)
For seasoning
2 tsp Coconut oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
2 Dry red chillies
1 sprig Curry leaves

Varutharacha Sambar 

  • Heat the coconut oil in a kadai and dry roast the roast and grind ingredients and powder it in mixie. 
  • Pressure cook the toor dal with enough water and keep aside. 
  • Mean while wash and cut the vegetables,keep it ready. 

Varutharacha Sambar

  • In Vessel add the cooked dal with the water and the veggies – Pumpkin, winter melon, carrot and tomato,drum stick.Let it cook well,till the veggie become soft.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, enough water and salt.Then add in tamarind extract. Bring to a boil. Add the grounded powder and mix well.Let the sambar boil well, till the raw smell goes.
  • Heat coconut oil in a small pan and temper the mustard seeds.Once its splutter, add in dry red chillies and curry leaves. Pour over the prepared sambar. Garnish with Coriander leaves. Serve this delicious varutharacha sambar with rice / idli / dosa


  • Adding coconut while grounding is optional.
  • Roasting in coconut oil gives nice flavour so don’t skip it.

Varutharacha Sambar
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