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Varutharacha sambar recipe | How to make kerala varutharacha sambar

Varutharacha sambar recipe- Kerala varutharacha sambar is a delicious sambar with fresh roasted coconut paste and vegetables. Tastes best hot steamed rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Indian, south indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Harini


For sambar

  • 1/2 cup tuvar dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 2 cups cubed vegetables (drumsticks, ash gourd, brinjal, carrots)
  • 1 tablespoon thick tamarind extract (from small lemon sized tamarind)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Water

For varutharacha sambar masala (To roast and grind)

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 dried red chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 1 Tomato OR small onion
  • 10 curry leaves

To temper Kerala varutharacha sambar

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 10 curry leaves


To make varutharacha sambar masala

  • Heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a pan. Add the ingredients mentioned for roast and grind one by one.
  • Saute till coconut turns golden and other ingredients turn fragrant. Let cool and grind to a smooth paste with required water. Set aside.

To make Kerala sambar

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes. extract thick pulp and set aside.
    Pressure cook toor dal well and mash it well.
  • Heat a thick pan with 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • Temper with tempering ingredients one by one.
  • Add the vegetables and mix well. Add turmeric powder and ground paste. Saute well.
  • Add 2 cups water and let the vegetables get cooked for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tamarind extract and cook well for 5 minutes. Let the sambar come to rolling boil.
  • Now add the cooked dal and mix well. Season with salt. Add more water and simmer if the sambar is very thick.
  • Add coriander leaves and mix well. Serve kerala sambar hot with rice.


Calories: 200kcal