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July 10, 2013


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This is my MIL’s method of making Tamilnadu style drumstick sambar/ murungakkai sambar for rice. 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 you 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 with leftover sambar.
It tastes similar to hotel sambar. Do try this sambar & let me know your feedback friends.


Drumstick sambar / Murungakkai sambar recipe for rice

Drumstick sambar / Murungakkai sambar recipe for rice

Drumstick sambar / Murungakkai sambar recipe for rice

Cuisine: Tamilnadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes

To pressure cook
  • Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida/hing – A pinch
  • Cooking Oil – a drop
  • Water – as needed
  • To soak in water:
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
To add in drumstick 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
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli– 2 (pinched)
  • Green chilli – 2 
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
How to make drumstick sambar
  1. Wash and pressure cook toor dal adding hing, turmeric powder and a drop of oil in required water for 2 whistles in low flame. Mash and set aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in warm water, take extract using 3 cups of water.
  3. Add sambar powder, salt, turmeric powder, hing and curry leaves.
  4. Cut drumstick into finger size pieces. Heat oil in a kadai. Add methi seeds, mustard seeds, chilli, onion and curry leaves.
  5. Add drumstick pieces, some water, salt and cook well. Add tamarind extract.
  6. Boil till raw smell goes off. Lastly add the cooked toor dal. Mix well.
  7. Boil for few minutes, switch off the flame.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy with rice.
  • Pressure cook toor dal 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 chilli, green chilli, 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 sambar powder:
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania – 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal –  2 tsp
  • Red chilli – 2 nos
  • Hing – A big pinch
Roast all the above ingredients in a drop of oil till you 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 !!

Try this easy, yummy Murungakkai sambar for rice  and enjoy !

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Jeyashris Kitchen said...

One of my fav sambar, Love the addition of onions

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

ITs my all time favorite :) tempting seriously !

Unknown said...

all time extra when making this

Sangeetha M said...

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

great-secret-of-life said...

looks yummy our fav sambar

Sona said...

Love this sambar, looks delectable. Nice clicks too!

Unknown said...

irresistible... wish to eat this delicious and very comforting and homey sambar!!
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divya said...

Looks delish..nice pic

Shama Nagarajan said...

inviting sambar

Divya Shivaraman said...

The most delicious dish in the world according to me...i can live with this every single day

Unknown said...

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

Priya Suresh said...

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

malleswary said...

You are really great mam.

Chitra said...

Thanks :)

Radhakrishnan said...

Dear madam,

Please mention 1 cup is equal how much mg or ml

Chitra said...

It is 200ml.

priyankaa said...

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

Chitra said...

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