Sambar – Version 2 – For Pongal , dosa & idli


Toor dal – 1 cup
Tomatoes – 2
Onion – 1 medium size
Tamarind extract from 1 lime size ball
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds

Grind to paste:

Fry the following items in a dry pan till you get a nice aroma and grind to paste with little amount of water.

Coriander seeds – 2 tbs
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbs
Peppercorns – 4-6
Fenugreek/Methi seeds – 1/2 tbs
Red chilies – 4

Arachu vitta sambar


1) Heat oil/ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chilies.

2) Make julienne cut on the onion (thick pieces).

3) Add onion and saute for a while.Next add chopped tomatoes.

4) Now add the ground paste and tamarind extract.Let it cook for few minutes. Big chunks of onion cooked in this mixture brings a special taste.

5) Add cooked dhal, salt and a pinch of sugar.

6) Garnish with cilantro.

Arachu vitta sambar is ready.


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