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Varutharacha Sambar !! (Toor dal/Pigeon pea and mixed vegetables in roasted & ground coconut)


1 cup of toor dal/pigeon peas
1 tsp of turmeric powder
2 cups of diced vegetables(potato,plantain,pumpkin,carrot,taro root)
2 Ladies finger chopped
1 Tomato chopped
1/4 cup shallots
One green chilly sliced
1/4 cup tamarind water/juice
I small piece of asafoetida

To Roast and Grind
1 Cup  grated coconut
5 tsp of coriander seeds
4 Dried red chillies
1 tsp of fenugreek seeds
1 tsp uzhunnuparippu/urad dal/black gram
2 tsp of gram dal (kadalapparippu)

To temper
1 small tsp Mustard seeds
1 small piece of asafoetida
2 Sprig curry leaves


  • Cook/Pressure cook toor dal adding tumeric powder, salt and enough water.
  • when dal is half cooked,add the vegetables which take time to cook like potatoes, plantain,carrot,taro,pumpkin etc.Drop the piece of asafoetida.
  • After 4-5 minutes add whole shallots and tamarind water.
  • When they are almost cooked add the ladies finger and chopped tomatoes
  • Meanwhile roast the coconut in some oil and add the spices mentioned in the roast section.Roast till the coconut turn to brown colour,
  • Grind this to a fine paste adding enough water.Don’t make it too watery.
  • Add this coconut mixture to the sambar and let it simmer in medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
  • Check salt and spices now.switch off the stove.
  • Heat coconut oil in a small frying pan and splutter mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves .Pour this into sambar and mix properly.


9 comments on “Varutharacha Sambar !! (Toor dal/Pigeon pea and mixed vegetables in roasted & ground coconut)

  1. Nandini
    April 27, 2011

    Yum! It looks very great and delicious! Mouthwatering sambar!


  2. revathi
    April 27, 2011

    Wow… love this sambhar preparation… Delicious..:)


  3. Suja
    April 27, 2011

    Wow looks so delicious, I too make this similarly,but not often..a bit lazy:)
    Vishuvinu undakkiyayirunnu..will post mine soon.


  4. Aruna
    April 27, 2011

    love this sambar a lot….
    looks delicious dear 🙂

    Thx. a lot for sending 🙂


  5. Rani acharyulu
    April 27, 2011

    Tasty sambar!Looks delicious and yummy too….


  6. wow, the gravy just looks mouth watering 🙂


  7. Swathi
    April 27, 2011

    Varutharcha sambar looks awesome perfect.


  8. Suman Singh
    April 29, 2011

    Delicious sambhar.


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