Araichuvitta Sambar is a traditional South Indian Brahmin dish. “Arachuvitta”- means ground paste added. This will be one of the items in Weddings, Festivals and special occasions. It is a very tasty and tangy dish that is served with hot white rice. In our family, we add a drop of suttenai (oil that has been previously used once to fry something) along with rice,to enhance the flavor of the sambar. Sambar gets its share of vitamins from vegetables and protein from thur dhal.
- Drumstick-3, cut into 21/2 inch pieces.
- Small onions-red-15 nos.
- Thur dhal-1/2cup.
- Tamarind-I small lemon size or 11/2 tbl spoon if paste is used.
- Salt-as required.
- Turmeric powder-a pinch.
- Coriander seeds-2 Tblsp.
- Channa(Bengal gram0 dhal-2 tsp.
- Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp.
- Red chillies-5.
- Grated fresh coconut-1/4 cup.
- Fry the above in little oil , coconut added last,and grind it to a paste with little water.
- Gingelly oil-2 tsps.
- Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp.
- Curry leaves-an arc.
- Pressure cook dhal in enough water with turmeric powder. Allow to cool, and mash well.
- Soak tamarind in water for 1/2 hr and sqeeze out extract. Strain well.
- Cook drumstick in just enough water till it becomes soft.
- Take 2 spoons oil in pan-saute peeled onions, add drumstik,tamarind extract, salt, ground paste, mashed dhal and cook till thick.
- Fry seasoning in oil and mix with sambar.
- Garnish with curry leaves.
Other popular vegetables that can be used to make Araichivitta sambar:
Ladies finger-okras,radish, brinjal.