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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Murungakkai Sambar-Drumstick Sambhar Recipe-How to make Drumstick Sambar

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.

Murungakkai Sambar-Drumstick Sambar

Murungakkai Sambar-Drumstick Sambar

Murungakkai Sambar-Drumstick Sambar

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategorySambar Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Drumstick/Murungakkai -3
   Tur dal -1/3 cup
   Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball
   Sambar Powder - 2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil -2 1/2 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds -1/2 tsp
   Asafoetida/hing - 1/4 tsp
   Curry leaves - few
   Salt needed

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves


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.

preparing drumstick sambar

Add sambar powder, salt needed, turmeric powder and saute for 2-3 seconds. Add water (around 3/4 cup) and cook the drumstick.

how to prepare drumstick sambar

Our dal is ready. See how well it is cooked. It must be like that.

cooked dal and drumstick

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.

murungakkai sambar recipe

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.

How to make murungakkai sambar

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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  1. Love the sambar with any vegetables. The drumstick sambar looks heavenly n yummy.

  2. Fantastic blog, padhu! Very well organized. I keep referring to your recipes which are so much like what my amma makes!

  3. A real Cooking Guide. Good Recipe. Easy to follow. The Photos are the real attraction, it triggers the preparation.
    # by looking at your blog my wife changed her tomorrow's menu to sambar
    # My Daughter, who is in 6th Std. "copied" your recipe for her "Home Project"
    to be submitted this week
    # I am impressed by the photos and the presentation.
    Keep posting
    # Is there any Tamil Version of this recipe ?

  4. Instructions were accurate. Amazing taste

  5. Recently retired. Thought of surprising my wife and daughters with some cooking. Tried your above recipe and they loved the sambar. Great taste.You have got me into enjoying cooking. Thank you.

  6. Hi Padhu! Trying this recipe out now. What is the dal to water ratio for the pressure cooker?

  7. Keep up the good work Padhu. Awesome Sambar

  8. Tried this and just shared on Facebook as well. Sambar turned out awesome! Do keep them coming.

  9. Hi Padhu, can u post the pic of the measuring cup you use.. so that I can follow the same measurement

    1. Check this post Standard measuring cups. I have shared the picture of my measuring cups also.


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