Friday, May 9, 2014

Araithuvitta Sambar

#AraithuvittaSambar [ #Sambar ] : I have already posted different types of sambar with different vegetables. Here we will see a sambar called araiththuvitta sambar or arachuvitta sambar in Tamil which means sambar prepared with ground masala paste. This sambar is thicker in consistency compared to regular sambar. This sambar more or less tastes like hotel sambar.
Here we will see araithuvitta sambar with yellow pumpkin.

Araithuvitta Sambar [ Sambar ]

Ingredients :
Small Amla size                            Tamarind
1/4 cup                                         Thuvar dal
2 pinches                                      Turmeric powder
2 Tsp                                            Salt [ adjust ]
150 gm                                          Yellow pumpkin [ parangikai ]
4                                                    Ladies finger
10                                                 Small onion, peeled
10                                                 Curry leaves
3                                                   Green Chilly, split lengthwise
1                                                   Tomato, cut into big pieces
4 or 5 one inch pieces                    Raw Mango [ if available ]

To grind : 
2                                                 Red chilly
1/2 Tsp                                       Gram dal
1/2 Tsp                                       Coriander seeds
1/2 Tsp                                       Black gram dal
1/4 Tsp                                       Cumin
6                                                 Black Pepper
1/8 Tsp                                       Fenugreek
2 Tsp                                          Coconut scrap

To Temper :
1 Tsp                                          Mustard seeds
1/4 Tsp                                       Asafoetida
1 Tsp                                          Oil

Method :
Soak tamarind in lukewarm water.

Wash and cut yellow pumpkin into two halves.
Remove the skin of one half and cut into cubes.
Now take these pieces and thuvar dal in a pressure cooker.

Add a pinch of turmeric powder.
Cook on high flame for a whistle and bring down the flame to SIM and cook for 8 minutes.
Open after the steam has completely subsided.

Cube other half of yellow pumpkin with skin intact.

Dry roast all the given ingredients to grind one by one in a kadai.
Then grind into a smooth paste with coconut scrap by adding enough water.
Now open the cooker and mash cooked dal and pumpkin.

Keep a kadai with oil on a stove over slow flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add asafoetida.
Immediately add curry leaves, green chilly and onion.
Saute for 2 minutes.
Transfer into cooker.
Add ground masala & 1 cup of water and keep on medium fire.
Add a pinch of turmeric, yellow pumpkin pieces, ladies finger pieces, tomato and raw mango.

Allow to boil for 3 minutes.
Now strain tamarind juice into boiling sambar and then add salt.
Close the lid and insert the weight over the nozzle.
Pressure cook for one whistle on High flame.
Turn off the stove.
Open after the steam has completely subsided.
Transfer into a serving bowl.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Araithuvitta Sambar [ Sambar ]

Mix this sambar with white rice and have with any curry of your choice.
It is a great side dish with paruppu rice [ dal mixed rice ].

Other sambar varieties you may like to try

Idli sambar special [ Araithuvitta Idli sambar ] Vengaya Sambar [ Onion Sambar ] Urulaikizhangu Sambar [ Potato Sambar ]