Sambar is a very popular South Indian dish usually served with rice, idli, dosa, vada, upma and ven pongal. This is a typical Tamil Brahmin sambar (iyer style) as I have not used onion or garlic to prepare this sambar. Today we will learn how to make drumstick sambar (Murungakkai Sambar in Tamil) following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Cut drumstick into 2 or 3 inch piece removing the outer strings. You need around 10 -12 such pieces.
Soak dal in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Pressure cook dal adding turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, mash it well and keep it aside.
Soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water, extract the juice and discard the pulp.If using tamarind paste, just dissolve 1 tsp tamarind paste in 1 cup of water.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard splutters, add fenugreek seeds, hing and curry leaves.
Then add drumstick pieces and saute for 2 seconds.
Add sambar powder, salt needed, turmeric powder and saute for 2-3 seconds. Add water (around 3/4 cup) and cook the drumstick.
Our dal is ready. See how well it is cooked. It must be like that.
Once the drumsticks are half cooked, add 1 cup of tamarind water. Cook until the raw smell of the tamarind goes. By that time the drumsticks will also become tender.
Add cooked and mashed dal, 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 5-6 minutes. The consistency of the sambar should neither be thick nor runny, so add water accordingly.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot steamed rice and any vegetable curry. I made keerai poriyal and sorakkai curry with drumstick sambar.
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