Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Araichu Vitta Sambar

Arachu Vitta Radish Sambar

This recipe was requested by some of my daughter's friends who have tasted this sambar. But it got delayed as I was not satisfied with the photos and I did not have the time to click again. Some how I managed to find time during my hectic morning hours to take a few snaps. From my younger days, I have tasted this sambar as my mother used to prepare this often. This sambar is very tasty, easy to prepare and does not require sambar powder. This is a very traditional South Indian Sambar. Today we will learn how to prepare Arachuvitta sambar following this easy recipe.

Arachuvitta Sambar

How to make Arachu Vitta Sambar

Arachu Vitta Sambar

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySambar-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian-Tamil Brahmin

   Ingredients needed

   Tur dal – 1/3 measuring cup or 4 ½ tbsp
   Tamarind – small gooseberry sized ball
   Onion - 1 (optional)
   Radish (any variety)- 2-3
   Salt needed

   Fry and grind

   Coriander seeds (malli vithai) – 1 tbsp flat
   Bengal gram dal (channa dal/kadalai paruppu) – 1 ½ tsp
   Red chillies - 3-4
   Grated coconut -2 tbsp
   Raw rice -1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds– ¼ tsp
   Fenugreek seeds (vendhayam) – ¼ tsp
   Asafoetida/hing – a pinch
   Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

   For garnishing

   Coriander Leaves -2 tbsp finely chopped


how to prepare arachu vitta sambar

Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes and extract its juice. Discard the pulp.

Soak toor dal in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.(Soaking helps the tur dal to get cooked well and also saves time and fuel.) Pressure cook tur dal for 3 whistles or until soft. Mash tur dal well and keep it aside.

Heat a tsp of oil and fry coriander seeds, bengal gram dal, red chillies and raw rice. Fry on medium heat until dal turns golden brown. Add grated coconut in the end.  After adding coconut, switch off the flame. Saute the coconut in the heat of the pan itself. Leave it to cool and then grind it to a smooth paste. This is the arachu vitta sambar masala.

Wash radish, peel the skin and cut it into round shapes. Cook radish also along with tur dal keeping it in a small vessel along with dal as shown in the picture above.


Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan or kadai, add mustard, when it splutters, add fenugreek, hing and curry leaves.

Add chopped onions (if using) and sauté for a few minutes. Since I have used radish I pressure cooked along with tur dal. In case, if you are using vegetables like ladies finger, brinjal, pumpkin, drumsticks, you have to sauté it in oil along with onions.

Then add 1 1/2 cups (approximately) of tamarind extract, turmeric powder, salt and boil until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

Then add the ground paste (arachu vitta sambar masala), cooked dal, cooked radish along with a cup of water and boil for a few minutes on medium flame. The sambar should neither be too thick nor too watery, so adjust the consistency of the sambar accordingly.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or idli or dosa or ven pongal.

Note -Some of the vegetables used for preparing sambar – brinjal, chow chow, turnip, ladies finger, drumstick, capsicum, carrot, potato, pearl onion and even mixed veggies like carrot, beans, potato. Check out my Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Greens like drumstick leaves, ponnaganni leaves, vendhaya keerai can also be used to prepare sambar. Check out vendhaya keerai sambar.

Seeds like butter beans, soya, mochai, double beans can also be used for preparing sambar. If using dried ones, soak it for 6-7 hours and pressure cook with salt needed.

Find more Sambar Recipes

Radish Arachuvitta sambarArachu vitta radish sambar, plantain flower usili and siru keerai stir fry

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  1. Padu Sambar is comfortable food for us. Urs look so colorful and delicious dear.

  2. Just love these sort of sambhar,yummy!

  3. Nice meal to hog for :) Good presentation.

  4. Delicious sambar with radish...never added this before but a nice idea....

  5. I make it the same way... yummy!!!!

  6. Nothing can beat this arachu vitta sambar. Very nice recipe and beautiful pictures.

  7. wow my fav one.but i add a little bit of sambhar powder to it.That platter looks nice.

  8. Delicious Sambar!!!!!!
    But my mom does it in a different way.
    will try out this

  9. Nice space here !
    Loved how to cook rice in pressure cooker :D , hope u were there 3 years back when I was alone in US and really had to ask these questions to my mom :(

  10. Thank you buddies for the wonderful comments.

  11. Wonderful authenticate Sambhar, looks excellent!

  12. One of my fav the flavor of radish in sambar especially..first time here..


  14. i did this today it comes very nice and yummy .

  15. its very nice recipe.. post some more varieties on all dishes...

  16. looking for wat to do with the lone radish in my friz..this looks tempting...gonna try it..thanx

  17. Padu ma.. Excellent ma...Uppily Kailash :)

  18. this is a sambar without adding the sambar podi?

  19. Hello padhu.. Is it ok to discard the raw rice while preparing the sambar paste?

  20. Raw rice is used for thickening the sambar. I have added only 1/4 tsp. If you do not prefer, you can omit it.

  21. This sambar is associated with a lot of childhood memories. Thanks for the recipe. I make it atleast once in a week now.

  22. :) I am gonna a try this today:)

  23. tried this and it came out very well...thanks for d recipe....

  24. Simple and easy method..good gone.tried and it came well

  25. i

    I tried this. superb taste. thanks a lot

  26. My mom in law does same but she uses coriander seeds and Bengal gram in 1:3 ratio. It also comes out very well

  27. I tried n it came out well, also added some boiled groundnuts it was nice... Thanks for the simple recipe.

  28. Padhu, the dishes are so tempting and anyone would wish to have it right away :)

  29. Thanks Padhu. My wife makes this dish so well. But she has gone overseas and I am trying out some of your recipes. Our 11 year old son seems to enjoy it. Saves me a lot of time and effort as well.

  30. My wife cooks very well and I enjoy her Arachuvitta sambar. Now she has gone abroad (to India for a break) and I am using some of your quick cook recipes. Today being Sunday, I am trying our this. thanks

  31. Before i dont know After i read ur blog i understand how tocook rice dal sametime in the pressure cookr. Thanjs to post tge picture.

  32. Don't know why my grinding part became dark because of which complete Sambar turned out to be black. Looks like inappropriate ratio of ingredient caused blackening.

    Before trying Radish Sambar this way I cooked it way Steps mentioned for Murungakkai Sambar and it turned out to be very nice. But Grinding part blackened my Sambar.

    1. JK - the ratio mentioned is correct as I prepare this sambar frequently. I assume that you have over fried the ingredients which might be the reason. There is hardly anything for the sambar to turn black.

  33. Amazing receipe! Thanks a lot! Keep
    It going!

  34. Came out superb..!!! Thanks...PRAVEEN RAO PUNE

  35. Hi.. I prepared sambar last night referring to ur recipe n it was a hit. Thank u so much.. Lots of love

  36. Really nice recipient. I tried today it came well. Thanks for the wonderful recipient

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  38. Hello Madam, I am a TamBrahm living in Tokyo away from my wife & family. I chanced upon your site some months back, and since then your recipes have been my live saver. Your instructions are so simple, even a child (or a 40+ forced bachelor like me) can follow it. Example, you've even explained how to cook tuar dal and mullangi in the same vessel :) :) May God bless you and your family. By the way, following your recipe, the araichuvitta sambar came out very nice :)

  39. Thanks madam, for the wonderful dishes.. nowadays I just get into your blog and look for the various dishes... everything comes out well...thanks

  40. Replies
    1. You can avoid coconut if you do not prefer.

  41. Hi Padhu, it's a flawless recipe that my whole family loves, thanks for sharing.
    Can you give the measurements for making it for 50 ppl please, thanks.

    1. This sambar easily serves 5. So you can multiply the ingredients accordingly. I have written 4 as some might need more sambar. If you are going to make other dishes like rasam etc, you can reduce the quantity.


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