Curries, Indian, Side dish for idli,dosa

Varutharacha Sambar( Palakkad style)/ Veggie curry with Roasted coconut

This is one of my favourite sambar. This is Palakkad style( Kerala, India) sambar with roasted coconut. Usually this is a must in any special occasion. This sambar is had along with cooked rice but I love to have with idli or dosa.



Toor dal – 1/2 cup

Drumstick – 1 cut into small pieces

Potato – 1 cut into small cubes

Onion – 1/2 cup chopped

Tomato – 1 medium sized chopped

Curry leaves – few

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind – a small lemon sized soaked in 1/2 cup water

Salt – as required

Coconut Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

To roast and grind

Channa dal – 2 tbsn

Urad dal – 1 tbsn

Dry red chilli – 1 or 2

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsn

Jeera seeds –  1 tsp

Methi seeds – few

Asafoetida – a generous pinch

Shallots – 1 or 2

Garlic pods – 2

Curry leaves – few

Coconut – 1/2 cup grated


  • Pressure cook toor dal till mushy.
  • Roast all the ingredients under ‘ to roast and grind’ in 1 tsp of oil till the coconut turns golden brown.
  • Grind it to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Add chopped veggies to cooked dal along with required water and turmeric powder.
  • Cook till the veggies are done and add tamarind extract.
  • When the raw smell of tamarind goes add the ground coconut paste and required salt.
  • This curry gets thick when cools down, so add water accordingly.
  • When it boils thoroughly remove from flame.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  • When it crackle add curry leaves and add it to the sambar.
  • Serve with rice, idli or dosa.




  1. You can add veggies of your choice.
  2. Adjust spice according to your taste.
  3. You can add any oil, but coconut oil is preferred.


  1. We prepare it same way sans garlic. love this flavorful sambar.

    1. Oh… I love garlic flavour..?

  2. I am a great fan of varutharacha masala. Loved this recipe. Thanks for this share Lathiya.

    1. Mine too… Thank you…my pleasure?

  3. Sambhar…love the flavour most..?

  4. I prepare it rarely because of the coconut roasting. It is very yummy!!

    1. Ya…me too… but at least once in a month I make it…? Thank you Anu?

  5. When I was in India sambar was one of my favorite things I tried. I haven’t ever seen a recipe for it- so thank you a bunch for posting. I just found an Indian grocery store near my home too- so hopefully I’ll be able to find all these ingredients 🙂 I am so excited!!!

    1. Oh really… do try and let me know… I have another sambar without coconut…do check that also..? thank you so much?

  6. This recipe sounds most excellent. Thank you. ?

  7. I am not much of a foodie. But, love the sambar prepared by my wife with the help of sambar powders bought some time back from Sringeri.

    1. Oh…try this will love it.. the flavours are best when using freshly ground sambar masala?

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