Sambar Varutharachathu ( With added aroma of roasted coconut )

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Sambar is the most famous vegetable gravy of South India. I ‘ve tasted many different flavours of this one dish from different parts of the country. If it’s spicy ,tangy and slightly thick in Kerala, Karanataka has a mild sweet taste to it. Tamil Sambar tastes entirely different and Andhra Sambar is the spiciest. How ever differently it is flavoured, people just love it. I’ve met people from other states who thinks that Sambar , rice and Idli are the only food people eat in South India. Well, I would say, Sambar is so popular all over the country that it has reached every single state and people love it.And that’s what makes it so famous for people to think that this is the only food southies eat. (Lol) I would want other endless dishes of Kerala cuisine (veg &Non veg) also to reach the food lovers of this world.

As Rocky & Mayur from Food mad correctly said in their blog, Vada raha, South India has the largest variety of B’fast dishes in the country.I could see them enjoying the mouth-watering sea food and non veg varieties along with vegetarian dishes on my screen.I was happy about them finding out the flavourful delicious food and bringing it out to the public.
Here I’m making Sambar which has added aroma of roasted coconut in it. This is how Sambar is made in my place,Payyannur. Payyannur is a small beautiful coastal town with a lot to satisfy your food cravings. I wish I could take you there through my blog to give you a taste of it. I may not be able to cover up every dish in a single post and may take years to cover all of it. But I wish to make a beginning of it here.Stay tuned ! 🙂

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

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Ingredients
Tuvar dal/Yellow lentils – Cooked and mashed – 1 cup
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
Baby onions – 1/2 cup
tomato – 1
Potato – 1
Ladies finger – 10 nos
bringal – 1 small
Carrot – 1 small
drum sticks – 1 or 2
( Any veggie of your choice can be used but these are the traditional choice . Please avoid using cauliflower or capsicum in Sambar as I would say it spoils the whole show )
Mustard seeds- 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Whole red chillies – 1 or 2
Curry leaves – 3 strands
tamarind pulp – 2 table spoon
turmeric pdr – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilly pdr – 1 table spoon
coriander powder – 2 table spoon
asafoetida one pinch
oil – 2 to 3 table spoon
Method
1.Add yellow lentils along with 2 to 3 cups of water, turmeric powder and a little salt in a cooker. Wait for 4 whistles. Once dal is cooked , mash it a little with the spoon.
2. In a small pan, heat 2 to 3 table spoon oil. Add fenugreek seeds and once the seeds turn brown quickly add half of the chopped onions. Once onions turn brown, add grated coconut to it and keep stirring till the coconut is deep dark brown. Now add all the masala powders to it and stir for another 3 minutes. Using whole masalas instead of powders will be a better option for better taste.
3. Now grind this roasted and fried masala to a fine paste in a mixie.
4. Add this masala into the nicely cut veggies in another pot/wok along with salt and tamarind pulp. Make sure the veggies are cooked well in this masala by adding required water and salt to taste.Add ladies finger and tomatoes to the pot only when potatoes are half-cooked as it will avoid over cooking of tender veggies.
5. Now add the mashed dal/lentils into this veggie masala and check for your preferred consistency.Use water to get the consistency you need.Add asafoetida at this stage and bring it to a boil. Cook on medium to low flame for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
6. Sambar is ready. Now add some curry leaves and keep it covered.
7.Heat one table spoon oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds,whole ed chillies and curry leaves to it. Make sure that he mustards crack fully to release the amino acids present in them. Add this seasoning on top of the sambar.
Enjoy with rice, idly or Dosa.

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

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