Drumstick Sambar Recipe | Murungakkai Sambar Recipe

By : | 2 Comments | On : November 1, 2015 | Category : Kuzhambu Recipes, South Indian, TamilNadu

Murungakkai Sambar Recipe
Please follow and like us:

Sambar is a traditional South Indian kulambu recipe that is used with rice and tiffin items like idly, dosa, vada, pongal etc. South Indian cuisine is incomplete without this sambar. The word Sambar is from Tamil word “Champaaram” meaning spicy condiments. Sambar has several flavours and varies with regions like TamilNadu, kerala and karnataka. Actually this murungakkai sambar recipe is a basic one made with instant sambar powder either homemade or store bought. Although sambar can be prepared with so many vegetables, this drumstick sambar recipe has an unique flavour and aroma. I prepare atleast this sambar twice in a month and it comes out very well every time without fail.

Drumstick Sambar Recipe 1

Drumstick Sambar Recipe

Drumstick Sambar Recipe | Murungakkai Sambar Recipe

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian |  Recipe Category: Tiffin + Lunch
Preparation + Cook Time: 40 minutes  |  Serves: 4

  • Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Drumstick – 3
  • Small onion – 10
  • Tomato – 2 small
  • Tamarind – 1 medium gooseberry sized
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Sambar powder – 3 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
To Temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek – ¼ tsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Thalippu Vadagam – 1 pinch
  • Red chilly – 1
  • Hing – 2 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Oil or Ghee – 2 tblsp
1. Peel the skin of small onions, chop tomatoes and drumstick. Drumstick Sambar Recipe Step1

2. Soak dal in water for 30 minutes. Pressure cook dal for 3 whistles and keep the dal water separately. Mash the dal well.
Drumstick Sambar Recipe Step2

3. Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes and extract tamarind water. Heat oil in a kadai and temper with ingredients given in the table ‘To Temper’. If you are adding Thalippu vadagam don’t burn it, else it will give bitter taste.
Drumstick Sambar Recipe Step3
4. Now add small onions and saute till it turns transparent. Then add tomatoes, drumstick and saute again till the raw smell of the drumstick leaves.
Drumstick Sambar Recipe Step45. Pour dal water and cook the drumstick in it for about 10 minutes. Once the drumstick is cooked, pour the tamarind water.
Murungakkai Sambar Recipe Step56. Now add turmeric powder, sambar powder, coriander powder and salt.
Murungakkai Sambar Recipe Step67. When it starts roll boiling, add the mashed dal. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes in low flame. Finally garnish with coriander leaves.
Murungakkai Sambar Recipe Step7This sambar goes very well with steamed rice, idly, dosa etc. 


Murungakkai Sambar Recipe 1

Murungakkai Sambar Recipe

1. For easy cooking of dal, soak dal in water for 30 minutes.
2. While pressure cooking dal, add 1 tsp of sesame oil. It gives nice flavour to this murungakkai sambar recipe.
3. Adding Thalippu vadagam while tempering is optional, but it gives a nice aroma for sambar.
4. Big onions can also be used but small onions is the right choice.
5. I prefer sesame oil for tempering which is very good for health. Adding ghee also enhances the taste of the sambar.
6. Always add tamarind water only when the veggie is cooked.
7. Add hing and curry leaves for tempering, which gives excellent flavour.
8. Instead of extracting tamarind water, ready made tamarind pulp can be used.
9. This sambar can be stored in fridge for about 3 to 4 days.
Drumstick Sambar Recipe

Drumstick Sambar Recipe

Share This Post!

Comments (2)

  1. posted by Sheela on December 2, 2016

    What is Thalippu vadagam ?????

    • posted by Priya Santhamohan on December 2, 2016

      Thalippu vadagam is prepared from small onion,garlic,red chilli, some spices,castor oil made into small balls and sundried.A small pinch is added while tempering sambar,rasam,kootu,chutney etc which adds wonderful aroma to the dish.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)