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Araichuvitta Sambhar

Sowmya Sundararajan
0 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Araichuvitta Sambhar RECIPE

Araichuvitta Sambhar @ South Indian style Lentil curry/soup is a flavourful mixture of roasted and ground spices, cooked with lentils and vegetables that forms an integral part of a typical Tam Brahm style menu. It is featured as a main course in most of the celebration menus, be it weddings or festivals. This recipe has many variations to it and prepared in different styles in different regions of Southern states.To non-Indians, the familiar term is 'curry'. Be it a recipe with rice or as a side dish for Indian breakfasts (aka tiffin) such as idli, dosai and vadai, the best accompaniment is this sambhar.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Simmering
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 15-20 cubes of Yellow pumpkin
  2. 1/4 cup of water (to cook the pumpkins)
  3. 1 cup Toor Dhal
  4. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  5. A few drops of Castor oil
  6. 2 cups of tamarind extract (from gooseberry sized tamarind)
  7. 1 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
  8. 1 tbsp Channa Dhal/ Gram Dhal
  9. 6 to 7 Red Chillies
  10. 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  11. 3 to 4 peppercorns (optional)
  12. 2 to 3 flakes of Compounded asafoetida or its powder
  13. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  14. 1 tbsp freshly grated coconut
  15. 2 tbsp oil
  16. a pinch of turmeric powder
  17. 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  18. Crystal salt to taste
  19. 1/2 tsp jaggery
  20. 2 sprigs of curry leaves
  21. Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Wash the dal twice in running water. Add 2 to 2.5 cups of water,1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder and a few drops of castor oil to the dal+ water before you start cooking. Pressure cook on medium flame for three whistles or until done.
  2. In a Kadai, dry roast coriander seeds, chana dhal, red chilies and fenugreek seeds in 1 tbsp of oil.
  3. Once a nice aroma wafts, transfer it to a plate. Cool and powder it along with the cumin seeds and grated coconut.
  4. Simultaneously, heat a thick bottomed vessel and cook the yellow pumpkins with 1/4 cup of water and 2-3 crystals of salt and close with a lid. Keep the flame low.
  5. Meanwhile, soak Tamarind in 2 cups of water for 10-15 mins and gently extract the pulp. We require something with medium tartness. So do not squeeze, set this aside.
  6. Now go back to the vessel in which the pumpkins are being cooked. Once they are done, drain excess water ( just say half the quantity).
  7. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt along with the Tamarind extract and cook for 5 minutes.Once it begins to boil, add half of the dry sambar masala powder and continue to simmer for a few minutes.
  8. Now add the dal+ water mixture, jaggery and the remaining sambhar masala paste and bring to a rolling boil.The mixture should have thickened by now to a thick soup.
  9. Heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add mustard seeds. When they pop, add two sprigs of fresh curry leaves and add this to the Sambhar.
  10. Finally, add freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Serve with hot rice, a drop of ghee and your favourite accompaniment.

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