Varutharacha Sambar | Sambar with Roasted Coconut | Spicy Kitchen

  • Yield: 1
  • Servings: 5
  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Ready In: 20m

Varutharacha sambar is a traditional side dish of Kerala cuisine enriched with flavors of roasted coconut along with other spices. Sambar is an integral part of Kerala lunch menu. There are many sambar varieties like sambar using sambar powder, instant sambar etc…But for festivals we used to make sambar with roasted coconut. This is quite different from the usual sambars.

Here, I would like to share the sambar recipe with roasted coconut version. The taste is so good and the aroma of roasted coconut in the gravy is mouth watering. Rice, sambar, pappadam and kondattam!! the combination is really superb!. Hope you all will like this varutharacha sambar recipe. Please try it out and let me know how it turned out for you.


1/2 kg of Vegetables(drumsitck,yam,ash gourd,carrots,beans,brinjal,okra etc…)
100 g of Dal
2 no of Tomato
1 no of Onion
1 cup of Tamarind juice(from a lemon sized tamarind)
1/4 spn. of Asofetida
2 cup of grated coconut(half of one coconut)
1 spn. of Turmeric powder
2 spn. of Red Chilly powder
1 1/2 spn. of Coriander powder
1/6 spn. of cumin powder(Optional)
1/8 spn. of Fenugreek powder
To season
3 no of Finely chopped small onion(Shallots)
1 spn. of Oil
1 spn. of Mustard seeds
1 spn. of Cumin seeds(optional)
1/4 spn. of fenugreek seeds
4 no of Red chilly
2 springs of Curry leaves
Salt as required


Step 01

Wash and cut the vegetables in to medium 3 inch pieces

Step 02

Pressure cook dal along chopped tomato,onion,1/4 spn. of turmeric powder and salt.

Step 03

When daal is done,add vegetables(except drumstick,brinjal and okra) cook without adding whistle.

Step 04

Meantime heat 1 spoon of oil in a kadai.Add grated coconut,4 no of shallots,curry leaves and fry well.

Step 05

When it starts to turn brown, add 1/4 spn. of turmeric powder,coriander powder, chilly powder, asafoetida and fenugreek powder.Fry for 1-2 minute in low flame.

Step 06

Allow to cool.Grind the mix with 1 cup of water to smooth fine paste.

Step 07

When the vegetable are half cooked, add brinjal,drumstick tamarind juice and salt.Cook for 2-3 minute.

Step 08

Same time heat 2 soon of oil in a pan.Add chopped okra.Fry for 2-3 minute in low flame.Keep aside.

Step 09

Add ground coconut mix and fried okra.Cover lid and cook for 5 minute in low flame.Stir often.

Step 10

Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,cumin seeds(optional),red chilli and curry leaves.

Step 11

Add this seasoning to the curry.Add salt if needed.Cover the lid and turn off flame.

Step 12

Serve sambar after 5 minute.

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