Araichuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (with Jackfruit Seeds/Drumstick)

Araichuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (with Jackfruit Seeds/Drumstick)

I am back from my long India vacation. And started my cooking in my favorite kitchen. I had brought some jackfruit seeds from India. So I just made my all time favorite sambar (lentil soup) with my mom’s recipe.

This  sambar recipe is a very traditional recipe in south India.  It’s little different from the  regular sambar. If you don’t have jackfruit seeds you can substitute any vegetable. This goes very well with idli, dosa and rice. Trust me it tastes like heaven!

  • Shallots: 7-8(Peeled)
  • Tomato: 1
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Toor dal: 1/2 cup
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal: 1 tsp
  • Jack fruit seeds: 1/2 cup
  • Drumsticks : 7-8 nos
  • Coriander Leaves : 2 tbsp (For garnishing)
  • Tamarind paste: 2 tbsp


Masala to Grind:

  • Coriander Seeds : 11/2tbsp
  • Channa dal: 1tbsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves: 5-6
  • Whole Red chilies: 7-8 (according to your spice level)
  • Grated coconut : 2 tbsp
  • Oil : 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook the toor dal(Red gram) with 1 1/2 cups of water for 3-4 whistles. Adjust the whistle till the gram becomes soft and fully cooked.
  2. Roast all the ingredients (masala to grind) cool them and grind it into smooth powder.
  3. Boil the Jackfruit seeds for 10 minutes or till it becomes fully cooked and keep them aside (you can use any vegetables instead of jackfruit seeds)
  4. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, urad dal and asafoetida after it sputters add shallots fry them till it becomes translucent.
  5. Then add chopped tomatoes and some salt.
  6. Fry them for few minutes or till it becomes soft after that add turmeric powder .
  7. Add the pressure cooked toor dal (red gram) and add a cup of water. Let it come to full boil.
  8. And then add the drumsticks, boiled jackfruit seeds and the ground masala powder .
  9. Boil the whole mixture for 10 – 15 minutes in simmer heat. Finally add the tamarind paste and bring into full boil.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish it with coriander leaves.


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11 Responses to Araichuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (with Jackfruit Seeds/Drumstick)

  1. Asha February 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I miss JF seeds so much, you are so lucky, Sambhar looks so delicious. Wish I had some of those seeds. Great recipe, thanks. Good to see you back.

  2. jayasri February 25, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    nice sambhar, lovely pics, never made sambhar with jackfruit!!

  3. jayasri February 25, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    hi ya, back again, sorry I just decided you have made sambhar with Jack fruit!!, well, I have used jack fruit seeds in my sambhar, I am not a big fan of that, my MIL used to love it, I used to like eating it roasted on fire!!, I do make archuvitta sambhar, when I read the title, I assumed you have made it with the fruit, and immediately thought of posting comment, went back again to see how the sambhar looks with jack fruit, and Oops I noticed the seeds!!, don’t laugh, well, it was quite a long time I saw you too…, welcome back!!, hope you are doing well, In btw the photos are beautiful, that’s what caught my eyes

  4. jercy March 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    shriya ur jackfruit seed sambar really a tasty dish and u innovation in this really create a yummy feel. ur always posting a mind blowing catchy photos which attract every one.

  5. Riya Nath September 17, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    Hi Shriya,

    I prepared this Sambar and wow my home was filled with this delicious sambar aroma…my husband loved it…thanks

    • shriya September 17, 2010 at 7:55 am #

      I am glad it came out good Riya. Thanks for trying out my recipe.

  6. Varsha May 24, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    I tried this yesterday and all liked it so much. Thanks for a wonderful recipe..

  7. prasanna June 22, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    I made this sambha it came out very tasty.Thank you mada for this awesome sambhar.


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