Arachuvitta Sambar – Vegetables cooked in a tamarind extract and thickened with lentils. This variation of sambar is a tamil brahmin recipe that is made regularly at homes.
Add water enough to immerse the dal and pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder and keep aside. It might take about 10 to 12 minutes on medium high flame. The dal should be soft and mushy. (4)
Roast the ingredients (except the coconut) mentioned under to grind. Grind the coconut and spice mix into a smooth paste by adding little water.
Then add the tamarind extract and about a cup of water. Add salt, sambar powder and allow it to boil for about 12-15 minutes. Keep the heat on medium or medium high. (6)
After about 15 minutes, the liquid would have reduced and the raw smell of the tamarind would have gone. If you feel the raw smell is still there, boil it for some more time.
Now add the mashed dal, coconut paste and some 1/2 Cup water. Bring it to a full boil and turn off the stove. Garnish it with coriander leaves.
It will slightly thicken upon cooling. Add more warm water if needed. Serve it with rice.
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