Palakkad style Varutharacha ulli Sambar



You need – 
  • Toor daal – 1/2 cups
  • Shallots- 10-12 nos
  • Tomatoes- 1
  • Tamarind – A small lemon sized ball
  • water- 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric Powder -1/4  teaspoon

For Grinding-
  • Coriander seeds-2 tablespoons
  • Red chilies-5-6
  • Grated Coconut-1/3 cup
  • Asafoetida -a good pinch
  • Curry leaves-1 string
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1 teaspoon

For Seasoning-
  • Mustard – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chillies – 1-2 nos
  • Curry leaves – 1 twig
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

How to –
  • Pressure cook Toor daal and shallots until done.
  • Soak the tamarind in water for 10 to 15 mins.
  • Add the tomatoes and tamarind juice.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients for grinding till fragrant and grind them into a fine paste
  • Add the ground paste to the cooked daal and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • In pan, heat oil and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they start crackle, add curry leaves and the halved red chili. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes and pour this seasoning over the sambar.
  • Serve hot with rice or idlis.

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