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Monday, August 20, 2012

Varutharacha Sambar | Sambhar with Roasted coconut | Thrissur Style Sambar

Sambar is a very well known recipe in the southern parts of India and now in North India as well.But still being from Kerala,I have learnt two methods of making sambar by now and there are many other variants with one veg alone combinations.This is a recipe( which I don't frequently make )that I learnt from my MIL and this sambar prepartion is different from that my mother makes.This is a slightly lengthy process of roasting the shredded coconut and then grinding it to a smooth paste.And by now,you might have understood the reason of me not making it often but the dish is very thick, delicious & flavorful such that it can be just served with plain rice alone with no additional side dishes.Do check this out with steamed rice or dosas !!



Ingredients
to cook
toor dal / tuvara parippu 1/3 cup
potato 1 medium sized (peeled & cubed)
carrots 2 (peeled and cubed)
drumsticks 7-8 pieces of 2" long
brinjal  1 small cubed
tomato 1 chopped
ash gourd 1/2 cubed(refer notes)
pearl onions 8-10(peeled)
asafoetida 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
salt

to roast & grind
shredded coconut 1 cup
coriander seeds 2 tsp/ coriander powder 2tsp
red chilly 2-3 /chilly powder 1 tsp
fenugreek seeds/fenugreek powder 1/4 tsp
sambar powder 2 tbsp
shallots 3-4 (I have skipped this)
curry leaves

to temper
mustard seeds 1 tsp
shallots finely sliced 5-6
curry leaves
dry red chillies 3
curry leaves few




Method
-Use a clay pot or heavy bottomed pan.Add the toor/tuvar dal enough water to cook,add salt & turmeric powder.Bring to boil,let it cook until 2/3 cooked.(refer notes)
-Add the vegetables, asafoetida. at this point except tomato.Cook again until tender.
-In the mean time,dry roast the coconut in another non stick pan.Wait till the color changes to evenly brownish(don't burn it up,keep stirring & keep on medium flame)Add the spices on low flame,warm it up.Put off flame.(Refer pics below)


-Cool down and grind adding little water to a smooth paste.
-Add this to the boiling vegetables,add tomato.Bring to boil.Wait till it thickens for 7 minutes.
-In another pan,temper the sambhar by adding 2tsp of oil in the pan and splutter mustard seeds,fry curry leaves and red dry chillies.Saute shallots till pinkish brown,Add this on the cooked sambhar.
-Serve with rice!!

Servings ~ 4 adults

NOTES
* If you are using pressure cooker to cook the dal,make sure the dal is not very mushy when cooked.
* You can add tamarind pulp instead of tomato.
* You can add 2-3 shallots when roasting coconut too,adds flavor and my MIL does it.
* You can add more vegetables too or replace the existing ones with some other veggie.
* You can cook the toor dal and veggies in a pressure cooker  but it shouldn't be over cooked.
* Try using the whole spices for grinding,adds more flavor.


63 comments:

Now Serving said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that looks absolutely delicious!!!

Devi said... Best Blogger Tips

Very tasty kulambu! looks yummiee :)

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Thrissur stye sambhar looks very delicious...

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Very new style. Sambar looks yummy and delicious.

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

varutharacha sambhar is always the best, I add tamrind though. nice prep :)

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and mouthwatering sambhar.
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DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and comforting.. Love this version of Sambhar..

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PT said... Best Blogger Tips

this one is lengthy process but gives excellent taste..

Shweta in the Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy sambar recipe, never tried with coconut. Surely does taste delicious

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Farah said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow! looks lovelyy!!!!! must smell n taste heavenly too:)

Swasthi said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks super delicious Julie! using dry coconut is new to me

Saraswathi Tharagaram said... Best Blogger Tips

Flavorful sambar, yummy!!

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy sambar loves it

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

this is the type of food I just love eating!

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Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious sambhar..perfect with rice..
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Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Roasting the coconut would give a nice flavor to this ...will try it some time...looks very good

tamilsasikitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Samabar looks delicious...First time to your blog ...Looks impressive...

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

sambhar looks so yummy...
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Premalatha Aravindhan said... Best Blogger Tips

wow my fav delicious sambar,love it...

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Wont mind having it anytime..Inviting and delicious sambhar.

Santosh Bangar said... Best Blogger Tips

looking tempting try it soon

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

yumm... perfect sambar

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

wow great colour and texture....

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy!!!!!!!!i love this preperation.so flavourful!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the wonderful flavors in this sambar..

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the wonderful flavors in this sambar..

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

So flavorful and nice rich color :)

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Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Can smell the coconut in sambhar. Look so deliciousssssssss

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious sambhar.
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Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautifully made,... with love...

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Looks Yum
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Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

flavourful sambar deliciously done

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious n tempting Sambhar

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Really yummy and I love it!

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Really yummy and I love it!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all:-)

bhavna said... Best Blogger Tips

flavorful sambher...

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! This is an interesting way of making sambar... Will try soon :-)

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

This is simply droolworthy. The tempering looks too good.

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Sambar looks yummy and delicious..



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Gauri said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried this style.. looks Delicious!

hemalata said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy n flavorful sambar, looks so delicious.

hemalata said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy n flavorful sambar, looks so delicious.

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

looking so tempty...

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Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely delicious!!Would love to try it sometime :)

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmm, i've heard of this style of making Sambar, but in Kottayam, no one prepares with coconut in sambar. Does it taste like theeyal? Nice recipes u r posting... :-)
Enthanu Onathinu plan? :)

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Sreevalli E said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks tasty & flavorful...

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Tasty Sambar!! Loved this recipe with a variety :)

Qen Na Cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie! looki like it full of spice...loving it!

Suchi said... Best Blogger Tips

The sambar looks absolutely delicious Julie :-)

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

myself a south indian..love Sambar very much.Your dish looks so delicious..

suhaina aji said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks too tempting ...adipoly...my fav.love to have with idli and chutney..yumm

Sangeetha said... Best Blogger Tips

very aromatic n delicious sambar...loved your version!!

@lekshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

tasty sambar..........

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love this version of sambar, it is a little bit arduous but so worth it. Could ingest that whole pot by myself. Great job, Ms. Julie :))

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie. wow this looks so delicious. i like the roasted coconut add-in, sure gives a very aromatic and flavorful taste. have a nice day

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the flavor of varutharacha sambar,looks so delicious.

Suryaprabha Parthasarathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Nothing tastes as good as this sambar!! Looks so tempting!!

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Swetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks great Julie. We also make this kind of sambar once in an while. Goo for rice and dosa. Love your sambar color! :)

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so colorful and tasty!

Priyanka Verma said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious sambar with nice color

Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this sambar ever Julie... You have rocking space...
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Amina Khaleel said... Best Blogger Tips

Sambar looks delicious... beautiful colour..