Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Varutharacha Sambar Recipe - Kerala Sambar Recipe

Varutharacha Sambar Recipe
Varutharacha Sambar or Kerala Sambar is one of the must items in Onam Sadya Menu. Kerala Sambar comes close in taste to our South Indian Arachuvitta Sambar with a slight variation in taste and the sambar consistency is thick suitable to accompany both with rice and idli dosa.But to me it tasted more like a hotel sambar...There are a lot of variations like Varutharacha Sambar Thrissur Style, Palakkad Style etc. I made this sambar for todays lunch with beans poriyal and rice , we had a hearty lunch.You know what I had this sambar even for dinner as side dish for ven pongal :)

I usually don't post here at this late hours but then I wanted to post the recipe today itself as I loved the sambar so much especially after having my dinner with venpongal and tasted here I am with this post :)
Varutharacha Sambar Recipe

Varutharacha Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Vegetables - 3/4 cup chopped(I used drumstick,ashgourd, ladies finger,carrot)
Tamarind - a small lemon sized ball
Small Onion - 10
Tomato - 1 small chopped roughly
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Water - as required
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Fresh Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Chana Dal - 1.5 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Small Onion - 4 small
Coriander seeds - 3 tsp

To temper:

Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilli - 2
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Hing - a tiny pinch


  1. Dry roast urad dal,channa dal and fenugreek seeds till golden brown,Set aside.Then add coriander seeds,small onion and red chillies till golden brown,set aside.Then fry roast coconut till nicely browned.
    How to make kerala sambar - Step1
  2. Finally add curry leaves along with hing(I used solid hing) and transfer all the roasted ingredients to a mixer and grind it to a fine paste.Set asideHow to make kerala sambar - Step2
  3. Soak tamarind in hot water and Extract thick tamarind pulp and keep it ready.Now chop all uour veggies.In a pan  add oil and saute onion,tomato,ladies finger and ashgourd,Set aside.How to make kerala sambar - Step3
  4. Pressure cook dal with 1 and 1/2 cups of water,salt and tumeric powder for 2 whistles, then add carrot and dumstick and pressure cook for 1 more whistle in medium flame.Once pressure releases add the sauted veggies.How to make kerala sambar - Step4
  5. Add the coconut paste,tamarind pulp and let sambar cook in low flame.Add water if the consistency is too thick.Check if ashgourd and ladies finger is cooked.Check and adjust salt.Let it simmer for 5-7mins.How to make kerala sambar - Step5
  6. Meanwhile temper the items listed under 'to temper' and add it to sambar,Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.How to make kerala sambar - Step4
Serve with hot rice and poriyal of your choice.

Varutharacha Sambar Recipe

My Notes:

  • After the masala paste is added the sambar tends to thicken so adjust by adding water.
  • You can even add vegetables like brinjal and potato.But generally adding drumstick and carrot enhances the flavour of the sambar.
  • As drumstick and carrot takes time to cook than other veggies, I pressure cooked for 1 whistle.And just sauted and added ashgourd, ladies finger and added it as such as it cooks faster.Cook vegetables according to the tenderness of the veggie.
  • Adding mixed vegetables gives a great taste to the sambar.
  • The sambar is slightly thick than our usual sambar.
  • Drizzle ghee at the end for extra flavour.
Varutharacha Sambar Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Delicious and tasty looking sambar. lovely pictures.

  2. Great snaps... love ur receipes .. keep going

  3. Dear Sharmilee,
    I made this sambar today and the smell itself took me back to my childhood days where we used to have this sambar at Ayappa pooja. It came out really good. Thank you for the recipe. One more thing my child who would be going out to start her own life I think I would recommend her your blog to follow and not to miss homemade food. You put every thing in so detail even a beginner can easily follows the steps and enjoy his/her dish. Keep going Sharmilee. Wish you all good luck.


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