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ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


Sambhar is a staple dish in south india. In south indian menu, sambhar will be must for lunch. Though it is common , the preparation method , and taste will definitely varies in everyone’s house.



We can use almost all the vegetable (except few ) in sambhar. We usually use a special sambhar powder to make sambhar, in which we will be adding red chilli, coriander and other spices and grind them in to fine powder in machine. We usually prepares this sambhar powder in bulk and use for around 4 to 6 months. I will post the recipe of the sambhar powder in near future in another post.

Now coming to this recipe varutharacha sambhar/Arachu vitta sambhar. Varuthu aracha means roasted and ground, Yes., in this recipe I have used the freshly ground masala to give nice flavor to the sambhar. Generally we add sambhar masala powder in sambhars , especially for the tiffin sambhar.

Please check the below links for the sambhar masala recipe and Tiffin sambhar.

But this sambhar is little different and will be served with rice. Though we have a lot of vegetables, the taste and flavor of the small onion sambhar will be the best. Yes. only shallots without any vegetables.

So this time I didn’t added any vegetables to this sambhar and added lot of shallots only. Generally I like onion sambhar for rice. So for this varutharacha/Arachuvitta sambhar also I didn’t add any veggies. The additional thing which we added in this sambhar is coconut. Generally we won’t add coconut to the sambhar. But in this sambhar I have added coconut for the additional taste. Without coconut also we can make this sambhar.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

During my childhood, my mom sometimes makes this onion sambhar, whenever veggies are not in stock or to make little different sambhar than the regular one. Nowadays we are using mixer grinder to grind the masala, but the taste of grinding in the traditional ammikkal will definitely gives extra flavor and taste to the sambhar.  

OK, now let’s move on to this recipe.

VARUTHARACHA (ARACHUVITTA) SAMBHAR
SOAKING TIME: - | PREPARATION TIME: 10 MIN | COOKING TIME: 30 MIN
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

AUTHOR: KUZHALIS SAMAIYALARAI
RECIPE TYPE: MAIN
CUISINE: SOUTH INDIAN
SERVES: 4 PERSONS

INGREDIENTS:
                                    ½ cup thoor dhal
                                    1 teaspoon turmeric powder
                                    ½ teaspoon Asafetida (Hing)
                                    1 tablespoon sesame oil
                        A big gooseberry size tamarind
                                    2 teaspoon sambhar powder
                                    Salt to taste
                                    15 to 20 shallots (Small onion)
                                    Few curry leaves
                                    1 or 2 green chillies
                                    A little Jaggery
                                    Few strands of coriander leaves
            To roast and grind
                               1 teaspoon sesame oil
                                    4 red chillies
                                    ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
                                    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
                                    2 teaspoon coriander seeds (Dania)
                                    1 tablespoon channa dhal
                                    ½ tablespoon urad dhal
                                    ¼ teaspoon Asafetida (Hing)
                                    ¼ cup grated coconut
            To make Tempering
                                    1 tablespoon sesame oil
                                    1 teaspoon mustard seeds
                                    Few curry leaves
                                                           
PREPARATION:
Peel and wash the shallots. If they are big in size, cut them into two pieces.
Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice and set it ready.
Cook the dhal with ½ of the turmeric and asafetida and mash them well.

METHOD:
In a pan add oil and let it heat. Add the items given in the roast and grind list one by one except asafetida and coconut.
Roast them well till the color starts to change.
Then add the hing and coconut and sauté for 1 more minute.
Remove from heat and grind into smooth paste by adding required water.
In the same pan add oil and then add the onion, curry leaves, green chilies and sauté them well till the onion becomes translucent.
Then add the tamarind extract. Add the sambhar powder and remaining half of the turmeric powder and let it boil for around 5 to 10 minutes. In the mean time onion gets cooked and the raw smell will go off.
If you are using any vegetables add in this stage and let it boil till the veggies get cooked.
Then add the ground paste and cooked & mashed dhal. Allow the sambhar to boil for few minutes.
Finally add the jaggery and mix well.
Switch off the heat.
 In another pan add the oil and then add mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
Then add the curry leaves and sauté.
Add the tempered items to the prepared sambhar. Add the chopped coriander leaves and stir the sambhar.
Close it with a lid and let it sit for 10 to 15 to get the flavors infused in to the sambhar.
Serve hot with rice.

NOTES:
  • We have added green chillies and red chillies in ground masala for spiciness, so add the sambhar powder accordingly.
  • Adding jaggery is purely optional.  But it helps to balance the spiciness and tanginess.
  • You can add any vegetables into the sambhar.
  • But generally some vegetables should to sautéed in little oil before adding into the sambhar.
  • Below are the few veggies need to sautéed.
  1. Ladies finger.
  2. Radish,
  3. Noolkhol,
  4. Broad beans,
  5. Cluster beans,
  6. (If i missed out any veggies in the above list, please mention in comments)


VIDEO RECIPE:

STEP BY STEP PHOTOS:
Cook the dhal with ½ of the turmeric and asafoetida and mash them well.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


In a pan add oil and let it heat. Add the items given in the roast and grind list one by one except asafetida and coconut.

Roast them well till the color starts to change.

Then add the hing and coconut and sauté for 1 more minute.

Remove from heat and grind into smooth paste by adding required water.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


In the same pan add oil and then add the onion, curry leaves, green chilies and sauté them well till the onion becomes translucent. Then add the tamarind extract.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


 Add the sambhar powder and remaining half of the turmeric powder and let it boil for around 5 to 10 minutes. In the mean time onion gets cooked and the raw smell will go off.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE


ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE
If you are using any vegetables add in this stage and let it boil till the veggies get cooked.
Then add the ground paste and cooked & mashed dhal. Allow the sambhar to boil for few minutes.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

Finally add the jaggery and mix well.

Switch off the heat.
 In another pan add the oil and then add mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
Then add the curry leaves and sauté.
Add the tempered items to the prepared sambhar. Add the chopped coriander leaves and stir the sambhar.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE
Close it with a lid and let it sit for 10 to 15 to get the flavors infused in to the sambhar.
Serve hot with rice.
ARACHUVITTA SAMBHAR/VARUTHARACHA SAMBHAR RECIPE

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