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Tomato Drumstick Sambar | Araichuvitta Sambar Varieties

Drumstick and onion sambar prepared with toor dal and grinding sambar powder along with tomatoes, coconut and red chilies. A perfect side for rice, idly, dosa and upma.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: ent
Cuisine: TamilNadu
Keyword: araichuvitta sambar, sambar
Author: Srividhya G


  • Half of medium sized onion
  • Drumstick – 1
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Red chilies – 3
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind – Gooseberry size. If using paste 1 tbsp mixed in 1 cup of water.
  • Toor dal – ¼ cup
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery - a small piece
  • Salt - ~ 2 tsps

For tempering

  • Oil – 2 tsps
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1 tsp
  • Hing – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a strand


Prep Work

  • Wash the toor dal and pressure cook it along with 2 cups of water and turmeric powder.
  • Let it cool and mash it well.
  • Add 1 tsp of the rice flour to this dal mix and set aside.
  • Meanwhile chop the tomatoes.
  • Grind the tomatoes, coconut, red chilies with sambar powder and set aside.
  • Chop the onions and drumstick.
  • If using tamarind, soak them in water and squeeze about 1 cup of the juice. If using tamarind concentrate or paste mix them in 1 cup of water.

Preparing the Sambar

  • Heat the kadai or pan and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, methi seeds and hing.
  • As they start to splutter, add the curry leaves and chopped onions.
  • Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped drumstick and add the tamarind water.
  • Add salt and let it simmer till the drumsticks become soft and tender.
  • Now add the ground masala and jaggery.
  • Mix well and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked toor dal mixed with rice flour and bring it to boil.


Veggies of your choice can be used.
Rice flour can be added separately with water. If you want to get a thin consistency, skip the rice flour.
Jaggery is also optional.
Adjust the salt and red chilies according to your taste preference.