Arachu vitta sambar(without sambar powder)

Arachuvitta sambar (sambar without using sambar powder. )

Arachuvitta sambar is popular traditional  dish in South Indian families. Arachuvitta means freshly ground. For this sambar we are not using sambar powder. We have to fry all masalas and ground them freshly. My son always love this sambar only. For this sambar we are using less of thuar dhal and use little coconut to make the gravy thicker. Taste will be totally different from normal sambar. ( using sambar powder).We can use any vegetables.If you want to use  only  one vegetable you can do so. ladies finger, white pumpkin,yellow pumpkin, carrot, radish,potato, yam,shallots,drumstick,chow chow are coomon vegetables to make this sambar. Let us see how to make this.

Preparation time approx30 minutes

  • 1/2 cup  thuar dhal or arhar dhal cooked and  mashed.
  • 1/4cup fresh coconut
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 11/2 tsp channa dhal
  • A pinch of methi
  • One small piece of hing or 1/4 spoon hing powder
  • Little curry leaves
  • Oil for frying
  • Lemon size tamarind soaked in water


  • Drumsticks( cut into longer pieces)
  • Carrots
  • Yellow pumpkin
  • 1 small potato
  • 6 ladies finger. ( wash wipe and cut in to medium size )
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For seasoning

  • 1 tbsp  coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chilly
  • Few curry leaves


Squeeze tamarind and take the juice . keep the tamarind juice. ( around 1 cup)


Pressure cook thuar dhal  mash and keep.


Heat 1 tsp coconut oil.Using this oil fry all ingredients one by one.


Fry piece of hing  and keep.
Add channa dhal fry till brown colour. Take out and keep
fry coriander seeds till nice aroma comes take out and keep
Fry methi till it turn colour or pop up. Be careful it should not over fry. Bitter taste will come
Fry red chillies. fry in low flame. Take out and keep.
Now add 1/2 tsp oil and  heat . Add curry leaves and fry , then add fresh coconut scrapings. Fry till it becomes golden colour.
(If you are using powder hing add now with coconut and take out immediately)In small mixi add everything except coconut. Powder everything. Then add fried coconut and powder it. Now you can add  little water to the powder and  make it a nice paste.
Keep the masala paste.
Cut drumstick into long pieces and other vegetables into small pieces.20160328_091458.jpgHeat 1/2 tsp oil fry bindi. Then add all veggies fry for a minute.
Add tamarind water. Add salt and haldi. Cook. Add water if tamarind juice  is less.
Cook the veggies.20160328_093204.jpgNow add thuar dhal.Let it boil for a minute
Then add coconut masala paste.


Add water. The gravy should be  in medium consistency .

Just boil. Switch off gas. After adding the  coconut paste do not cook for long time. Taste will change.

Add little dhaniya leaves.


For seasoning

Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add 1/2 tsp mustard
When it started crackling add  little curry leaves and 1 red chilly. Pour over the curry.


You can have this sambar with hot rice ,dosa or idly.


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