Varutharacha Sambar of Kerala gets a distinctive taste with its homemade sambar powder
A delectable Keralan-style sambar is Varutharacha. Its essence lies in the secret ingredient, i.e., handmade sambar powder made from roasted coconut. This one element enhances Varutharachar's signature flavour and authenticity. Further, when it blends with the aromas from the ground spices, tamarind water and cooked lentils, the final outcome is an exotic sambar, perfect for any festive meal. Sans the piping hot, freshly made Varutharacha Sambar, an Onam sadhya is incomplete. It defines the entire meal and elevates the sadhya to a new level. Ideally, one must serve it with steamed matta rice, neyi (ghee), thoran and banana chips.
The traditional recipe uses drumsticks pods. They are called moringa in the local tongue and are high in calcium, iron, and vitamins. They aid with bone development and are excellent for expectant mothers. They also offer qualities that help digestion, blood purification, and infection protection.
Homemade Roasted Coconut Sambar Powder
Kerala style sambar, Image Credit:Sprinkle of Flavours
Relish it with steaming hot rice.