This is a different kind of sambar made without using cooked dal.. Insted the dal is ground and hence the name araichuvitta sambar.(araichu in Tamil is to grind) This sambar is great with idly, dosa, and ven pongal.(it is not as great with plain rice.)
1 Cup Small onion (sliced thick)
21/2 Tbsp Channa dal
2 Tbsp corriander seeds
4 Dry Red chillies
1/2 cup coconut (shredded)
1 tomato (chopped)
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
1 Tbsp urad dal & mustard seeds
Salt to taste.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and roast channa dal, red chilly, and corriander seeds.
Grind the rosted spices along with coconut and tomato to a smooth paste.
Heat the remaining oil and add urad dal and mustard seeds.
When the mustard pops add curry leaves and onion.
Sautee the onion till turns a nice golden brown color.
Now add the ground masala and add water and salt.
Let it come to a boil and add asafoetida.
Note: You can add a little bit of gingily oil when having with idly..it gives a nive flavor.