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July 10, 2013


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This is my MIL’s method of making drumstick sambar/ murungakkai sambar. My MIl’s sambar is very easy when compared with my mom’s version. There is no grinding job .. A tsp of sambar powder is enough to make this yummy sambar. After many attempts , i got hooked to this measurement .I usually add my MIL’s home made sambar powder for this sambar but u can use store bought sambar powder too. My in-laws are here in my place. I made this sambar last week and it was tasting great. My in-laws loved it. Here i have given the measurements for 4 people. U can either half the quantity for two people or make the same quantity and use it for lunch & dinner. This sambar can be converted to idli sambar by adding a powder which i have given in “notes” section. We usually do this for left over sambar..It tastes similar to hotel sambar..Do try this sambar & let me know ur feedback friends Smile


1 cup - 200ml
To pressure cook
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida/hing – A pinch
  • Oil – a drop
  • Water – as needed
To soak in water:
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
To add in tamarind water
  • Drumstick – 2 nos  (medium sized)
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / asafetida – 2 pinches
  • Salt – as needed
  • Curry leaves - few
To temper & saute
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos (pinched)
  • Green chillies – 3 nos
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – to garnish

  • Pressure cook toordal adding turmeric powder , required water , hing and a drop of oil.Cook for 1 to 2 whistles in low flame. After the steam is released , open the lid , mash well and set aside.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water and take the extract using 3 cups of water.To this extract add sambar  powder , salt , turmeric powder , hing & raw curry leaves..Cut the drumstick into finger size pieces.Slit them half the way.
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  • In a wide kadai  heat oil and add the methi seeds. When it starts to splutter add the mustard seeds and let it splutter completely. Then add the pinched red chillies, green chillies, sliced big onion and curry leaves.Saute well.
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  • Now add the tamarind extract & drumstick pieces. Cover and cook in medium flame. Allow it to boil till the drumstick is cooked well. To check if it is cooked, take a piece of drumstick , open & remove the seeds. If it comes out easily , it is done.
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  • Finally add the cooked and mashed dal , some water if needed and allow it to roll boil twice. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
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Add a tsp of ghee while serving..Mix with plain rice and enjoy !!

How to convert this sambar to idli sambar
For converting this sambar into idli sambar , add the below powder & allow it to boil . Add lots of coriander leaves & serve hot with idli , dosa. U can also saute & add small / big onions & one tomato to get additional flavour..
For powder:
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania – 1.5 tsp
  • Channa dal –  2 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Hing – A big pinch
Roast all the above ingredients in a drop of oil till u get a nice smell. Powder them nicely and add this to sambar. In a kadai , add a tsp of oil and saute the onions & tomatoes. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook them. Then add the sambar. Allow it boil . Garnish with coriander leaves & serve hot adding a tsp of ghee !!


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  1. One of my fav sambar, Love the addition of onions

  2. ITs my all time favorite :) tempting seriously !

  3. all time extra when making this

  4. One of my most fav sambar, looks so good n inviting...nice clicks too!

  5. Love this sambar, looks delectable. Nice clicks too!

  6. irresistible... wish to eat this delicious and very comforting and homey sambar!!
    Event - VFAM - Onions
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  7. The most delicious dish in the world according to me...i can live with this every single day

  8. super delicious sambhar dear :) tempts me a lot :)

  9. Super like, love to add drumsticks in my sambhars, looks fabulous.

  10. Dear madam,

    Please mention 1 cup is equal how much mg or ml

  11. Hello mam....actyally v add tomatoes..does this taste good without tomatoes

    1. Hi, Tomato is optional. We don't add it usually. But you can add if you wish. Saute it after adding onions.


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