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May 24, 2013


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 This is my MIL's basic sambar recipe for rice. I make this sambar adding one of these vegetables like radish/ mullangi, drumstick,  ladies finger, brinjal , broad beans and cluster beans. I adjust the quantity of tamarind & chillies based on the vegetablesIi use. But the other ingredients are same. For radish , we should use little less tamarind than the usual quantity because radish has a tendency to absorb the tanginess of tamarind and it spoils the taste of sambar. Usually I pressure cook radish with toor dal and make sambar. One of my aunties suggested me to saute radish in little oil because it helps to suppress the raw smell of radish and also adds a nice smell to sambar. So I started preparing that way. If you like the smell of radish  you don't have to saute it. Lets see how to prepare Mullangi sambar !

1 cup - 250ml

  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Big onion or sambar onion – 1 no/ 10 nos
  • Tomato – 1 no (optional)
  • Green chilli – 3 nos
  • Red chilli – 2 nos
  • Hing / Asafetida – 2-3 generous pinches
  • Jaggery – a pinch
To pressure cook
  • Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  • Radish – 1 no (big - 250 gms)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Red chilli -1  no ( pinched into 2)
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Ghee – 2 tsp (for flavour)


  • Peel the skin of radish and cut into 1/2 inch round slices. Saute them in a tbsp of oil.Peel and roughly chop the onions, slit the green chillies , pinch the red chillies and set aside. Soak tamarind in water and take the extract.
  • Pressure cook the toor dal and sautéed radish adding turmeric powder  and the required water. Cook for 1-2 whistle in low flame. Open the cooker and mash the dal well along with radish.Radish won’t dissolve..

  • In a pan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds & methi seeds. Methi seeds should not be burnt, take care..Then add the onions , curry leaves , green chillies , red chillies and saute well till onion turns transparent. If you are using tomato, chop and add it now. Saute till mushy. Then add the tamarind extract , sambar powder , turmeric powder ,salt. Allow it to boil. When it starts to roll boil, add pinched raw curry leaves , 2-3 generous pinches of hing & jaggery. Let it boil for few minutes.
  • Now add the mashed dal  with mullangi and some water if necessary. Check for salt and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Finally add the coriander leaves, give a boil and switch off the flame. Transfer the sambar to a bowl and add 2 tsp of ghee. Cover it with a lid.

Enjoy this yummy Radish sambar with rice adding few drops of ghee !

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  1. This is my favorite sambar.. Looks delicious and comforting..

  2. who say no to sambhar? my all time favourite !

  3. I love radish...looks yum....

  4. i love radish sambar too...though they have a slight smell when its toasted like the way you showed...yummy...hmmm got to prepare, its been long making this

  5. very delicious sambhar... one of my most favorite sambhar... will have it with crispy dosa...

  6. Though i am not a big fan of mullangi, my daughter loves it. Lovely sambar

  7. looks so awesome,i can finish the plate.

  8. mom makes it similar...its my all time favorite sambar...

  9. Omg.. This looks great.... I didn't have this for a long time... U made me to crave for it now... Tomorrow going to buy the mullangi for sure

  10. Mullangi sambar with papads and pickles,i can die for. Love this sambar very much.

  11. Mullangi sambar looks delicious chitra.

  12. sambar looks yum ....long time had this

  13. love this sambar a lot... :)
    looks delicious chitra

  14. looks yumm! since this is my son fav I do it almost every week :-)

  15. Healthy and awesome sambar Chitra.. Nice comfort dish :-)

  16. Hi Chitra,

    Excellent mulanggi sambar!!!!...just made for lunch just now.....thank you so much..... sure this sambar is a keep in my kitchen

    1. Thank u so much prabha for the feedback. I am so happy , u made my day :)

  17. Tried it came out very well. Thanks fourth post.

  18. Hi Chitra can I post your recipe on my blog? This recipe looks good.

    1. Hi Shoba If you have tried this recipe you can post it by giving a link to this page :)

    2. I prepare sambar this way, except I don't add jaggery, tomato and green chillies. So I will have to tell my readers the same thing. Anyway, thanks.

  19. This sambar is just perfect. love it. Thank you for this recipe.:)

  20. Love this sambar, it’s just perfect:)) thank you for recipe.:)

  21. i tried this today. Came out really nice. Thanks


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