This is my version of arachuvita sambar. In this updated pic the veggi I used was poosanikkai/ash gourd…
Arachuvitta sambar recipe
Recipe Cuisine:Indian | Recipe Category:Lunch Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook time: 30 mins | Serves: 4
Toor dal - 1/2 cup Tamarind -- small gooseberry sized Small onion -- 12 Green chillies -- 2 Tomato -- 1 Curry leaves – 2 sprig Coriander leaves – 2 tblsp,chopped Salt -- as you need Jaggery(optional) – 1/4 tsp Vegetable of your choice ( potatoes works best)
To Roast and grind
Channa dal - 1 tbsp Urad dal - 1 tsp Red chillies - 5 Dry coriander seeds - 2 tsp Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp Mustard(optional) - 1/2 tsp
Pressure cook toor dal with 2 cups water for 4 whistles in medium flame.
For fresh sambar powder, fry all the ingredients well in kadai with little oil. Grind little coarsely and keep aside. Take care not to burn any spices as it will spoil the whole sambar. Everything should be done in medium flame with constant stirring to ensure even roasting. While grinding, you can add little coriander seeds raw without roasting to get a restaurant touch. That is half the amount roasted, half not roasted.
Soak tamarind and take tamarind extract . Peel onions and slit green chillies,slice tomatoes.
Heat a kadai with ghee and add the tempering items in order. After mustard and jeera splutters add onion,green chillies,half of the curry leaves and saute till onion turns transparent and lastly add tomatoes, saute for a minute.
Add the tamarind extract ,turmeric powder to it and after it starts to boil nicely,add the vegetable,remaining curry leaves,coriander leaves,jaggery and salt.
Let the vegetables get cooked and then add cooked dal and bring to boil. Adjust water consistency.
Lastly add the ground masala powder and let it boil for 3-4 minutes or till the sambar gets thick enough.