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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 & chilli based on the vegetables you 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 !

Mullangi sambar / Radish sambar recipe

Mullangi sambar / Radish sambar recipe

Mullangi sambar / Radish sambar recipe for rice

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

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)
  1. Wash and peel radish and cut into roundels. Saute in a tbsp of oil.
  2. Pressure cook toor dal adding radish. Mash dal and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard, methi seeds and red chilli.
  4. Saute onion, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute till transparent.
  5. Add tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric and salt.
  6. Boil for few minutes. Lastly add mashed dal along with radish.
  7. Adjust water and boil sambar for few minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  8. Serve with plain rice adding ghee.
  • 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 chilli , pinch the red chilli 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.
Mullangi sambar
mullangi sambar
  • 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 chilli , red chilli 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.
mullangi sambar
  • 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.
Mullangi sambar
Enjoy this yummy Radish sambar with rice adding few drops of ghee !

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Hari Chandana P said...

My fav sambar.. looks awesome!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious and inviting dear

divyagcp said...

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

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

who say no to sambhar? my all time favourite !

Vimitha Durai said...

Awww comfort food Chitra

Unknown said...

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

Divya Shivaraman said...

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

virunthu unna vaanga said...

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

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

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

meena said...

looks so awesome,i can finish the plate.

Unknown said...

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

Akila said...

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

Priya Suresh said...

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

Swathi said...

Mullangi sambar looks delicious chitra.

Indian Khana said...

sambar looks yum ....long time had this

Aruna Manikandan said...

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

great-secret-of-life said...

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

Nilu A said...

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

prabha said...

Hi Chitra,

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

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

Tried it came out very well. Thanks fourth post.

Chitra said...

Thank u :)

Chitra said...

Thank u :) said...

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

Chitra said...

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

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.

Chitra said...

Thanks :)

Sani said...

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

Sani said...

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

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback 😊

Unknown said...

i tried this today. Came out really nice. Thanks

Chitra said...

Thank you so much 😊