May 13, 2013

Drumstick Sambhar | Murungakkai Sambar

"Drumstick sambhar" is the most common household recipe in South India. Drumstick sambhar and  potato fry served with steamed rice drizzled with ghee is a vintage combination. Other combinations are  Drumstick sambhar with idly , dosa, and pongal.

Drumstick are inexpensive and sometimes you will even find this tree in backyard.
Both the leaves and drumstick is highly nutritious. Its a good source of Vitamin A.  


2 Drumstick, cut into 4'' pieces
1 cup of Toor Dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida | Hing
1 sprig of Curry Leaves
1 Tomato, diced
Small piece of Tamarind
2 tsp Sambhar Powder
2 tsp Ghee | Oil


  • In a pressure cooker, cook toor dal with 3 cups of water up to 4 to 5 whistles. After cooker has cooled, mash dal  using a laddle

  • Meanwhile, when dal is cooking,  boil little water with tamarind. After it has cooled, mash tamaring and squeese out pulp. Discard if there are any fibers or skin

  • In a heavy bottom vessel, heat ghee | oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves

  • Add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes until tomatoes are partially cooked

  • Add drumstick and saute for 2 minutes

  • Add  sambhar powder and tamarind pulp. Cook for 2 minutes

  • Pour the contents over dal. Adjust salt as per taste. If dal is very thick add water if required. Don't add too much water, otherwise consistency of dal will be very thin
  • Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles. After cooker has cooled serve hot with steamed rice 

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