Arachivitta Sambhar

This is a flavorful  and tasty sambhar which is made out of freshly ground masala and veggies.It goes very well with rice as well as tiffin items such as idly,dosa and pongal.My mom has a tradition of making this sambhar on auspisious days and vratham days and uses toor dhal  to make this one for rice,moong dhal for tiffin sambhar.I used fresh drumsticks only it can be with mixed veggies too.


Toor dhal 1/2cup
Onion1no.(medium size)
Tomato 2no.(medium size)
Tamarind paste11/2-2tsp
Turmeric powder1/2tsp
Asafoetidaa pinch
Mustard seeds1tsp
Urad dhal1tsp
Cumin seeds1/2tsp
Curry leaves1sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)to garnish
Saltto taste

To Roast and Grind

Red chilly5-6nos.
Coriander seeds1tbs
Channa dhal2tsp
Black pepper6nos.
Cumin seeds1/2tsp


                   Pressure cook the toor dhal with turmeric powder and asafoetida ,keep aside.Chop the onion,tomato and veggies and dry roast the ingredients which is given in"to roast and grind" and grind it to a coarse powder.

Heat oil in a pan or pot,saute the onion ,tomatoes and drumsticks add in the cooked and mashed toor dhal to it and let it boil till the drumstick gets cooked.Now add the tamarind paste and cook it for one boil.

Finally add in the ground masala and boil it for 5 minutes.Crackle the mustard seed,urad dhal,cumin seeds and curry leaves in a pan and add it to the sambhar.Turn off the stove and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Sambhar is ready to have it with piping hot rice.

  • Other veggies such as Capsicum,brinjal,white pumkin can be used.
  • Tastes even better with shallots are used.
  • While dry roasting the ingredients,coconut need to be added in the end.
  • Frozen drumsticks needs to be cooked with a pinch of salt separately.


lovely sambhar..I can smell the flavour here,dear!!
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very delicious and flavourful sambhar..looks great..

Wow that's looking too yummy and tasty.

I make this sambar too .. tasty. First time here and following you :)

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Love this kind of sambar - simply delicious and mouth watering!
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Lovely sambhar... superb combo with hot idlis..Loved it..

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It is delicious..
We followed your instructions and it wad mimd blowing..

Thank you so much for this great recipe.

It is delicious..
We followed your instructions and it wad mimd blowing..

Thank you so much for this great recipe.

Hi, Thanks for sharing such a good recipe of Sambhar Masala Recipe with me. It came out really good and all my family members praised me. And being an authentic dish it tastes good and is healthy also, so i used organic masala's to make it more healthy and delicious. I used Organic Red Chili Powder, Organic Turmeric Powder,Organic Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic Coriander Powder, Organic Cumin Powder, Organic Sambhar Masala, Organic Garam Masala, Organic Aamchoor in my dish to make our work a lil easy and being more organic.

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