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Thursday, January 8, 2015

This can be called varutharacha sambar as it tastes similar to sambar, sambar without dal. When I was at Chennai last time and while I was cooking, my FIL came and asked me and my MIL to make sambar without dal. My MIL and myself laughed how one can make sambar without paruppu? He even told these ingredients roughly and asked us to try. But we didn’t believe him to try. But when my reader sent this recipe I was likeSurprise. So it really does exist Worried. I tried it and it turned out awesome!!Big Grin The whole house was filled with aroma that I was waiting to finish picturing and eating it. Thanks to Soundhariya for sharing her MIL’s (Jaya Mami) recipe. Do try this for rice, absolutely delicious recipe!

Varutharacha kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 3


Carrot - 1, small

Potato - 1, small

Yellow pumpkin, cubed - 3/4 cup

Tamarind - 1 tsp tightly packed

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed

To dry roast & grind to a paste

Channa dal - 1 tblsp

Urad dal - 1/2 tblsp

Coriander seeds - 1 tblsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Raw rice - 1 tsp

Red chilli, Dry - 6

Grated coconut - 3/4 cup

To temper

Coconut oil - 2 tsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Cube the veggies after removing their skin. Boil it in a vessel. Once half done, add salt, turmeric, tamarind juice extracted from tamarind (Soak in hot water for 15 mins and extract juice).
  2. 1-cook
  3. Mean while, roast the ingredients under “To roast” table, all except coconut together. Once the ingredients turn golden and nice aroma wafts, add coconut and roast for a minute. Roast in medium flame to ensure even roasting.
  4. 2-roast
  5. Cool down and grind it along with water to a paste.
  6. 3-grind
  7. Once the veggies are cooked, add the ground paste and stir well. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Adjust water consistency.
  8. 4-add
  9. Once sambar consistency reaches, temper with mustard, curry leaves torn and stir well. Put off the flame and keep covered.
  10. 5-boil


  • The original recipe sent by her didn’t had coriander seeds, I added it since I thought it would be nice. 
  • I think in place of yellow pumpkin, white also will work. But the reader said these 3 vegetables are best combination.
  • Pumpkin gets cooked easily, so add potato and carrot first, also cube pumpkin a bit larger than the other two.
  • Next time, I will try adding asafoetida and as I felt it would smell great.

I had with rice and cauliflower curry. It was too good. I will make this often and sure once for my FIL when I cook for him.Blushing



  1. Mom used to make this with Radish,white pumpkin,Brinjal and drumstick is best combo..This is karnataka recipe as we use less dal :) Kobbiri rubbida huli :) I love ur recipes Raks they are really awesome :)

  2. Lovely recipe.. I too had this in my draft after my India trip this time with Drumstick. It tasted awesome with idli too.. I used less coconut and normal oil...You clicks are tooo good

  3. delicious sambhar.. light on stomach too without dal. will try!

  4. yummy and very flavourful sambar!! love the bucket!!

  5. My MIL makes this very often as she has some influence from the Udupi style cooking. This tastes wonderful with Ladies Finger too.

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  7. Tried it today..it was awesome.

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  9. Excellent recipe...what vessel is that?

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  11. I have been following your blog for a while now and must say you do have an awesome collection. I love cooking- both traditional and fusion , and I turn to your blog for inspiration. Keep going!!

  12. Also this receipe reminds me of one more sambhar I have tasted long back- one where veggies like brinjal, carrot ,potato are boiled and puréed along with spices to make yummy tiffin sambhar.
    Again the common thing is that it's also a no dhal sambhar.

  13. Looks delicious... My MIL makes this often

  14. Delicious kuzhambu, bookmarked, my weekend dish at home :):)

  15. I tried this today. Came out well. excellent Raji as usual....

  16. my mother was an expert in varutharacha sambhar she added paruppu too it tasted just awesome

  17. This was just heavenly - had it for dinner today and my husband declared that it was just incredible - like festival type sambar. Thank you for the recipe!

  18. Ur always the best.I'll try it.

  19. Instead of pumpkin, what other veggie can I add???

  20. Just skip it and add 1/2 tsp jaggery

  21. Can i use desicated coconut instead of fresh one...since we dont get the fresh one..

  22. Can i use desicated coconut instead of fresh one..since we dont get fresh ones..


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