Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drumstick/Murungakkai Sambhar

I remember posting this when i started blogging.. One of our fav Sunday Special Sambhar's :).. I have been planning to update the post with pics but strangely its been a long time since i made this at home! So when we picked up a packet of frozen drumsticks, i thought i shouldn't postpone writing this..

The best part of this Sambhar is the ground spices which gives it a distinct taste & the aroma is just awesome.. even if i may be the one saying so :)..I dont know whether its my love for this Sambhar or the fact S loves it or its the Sunday mood effect..this has always been my comfort food....Ohh! Just a bowl of pachidi/raitha and karamedu/poriyal ( Ideally a sinful poriyal) just makes the weekend so perfect :) ( the foodie talk :D)

1. Oil - 2 tsp
2. Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
3. Curry leaves - a sprig
4.Drumstick - 2 or 3 ( I used frozen, so had close to 10-12 pieces)
5. Toor dal - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
6. Tamardind paste - 2 tsp
7. Sambhar powder - 2-3 tsp* (optional)
8. Water - 5 cups
9. Turmeric powder - a pinch
10. Hing - a pinch
11. Salt - to taste

To Roast & Wet Grind
1. Coriander seeds/ Dhania - 2tsp
2. Channa dal - 1 tbsp
3. Red Chillies - 5-6
4. Methi/Fenugreek seeds - 3
5. Coconut - 2 tbsp
6. Water - 1/2 cup
7. Oil - 1 tsp

Preparation Time!!
1. Take the toor dal in a bowl, add a pinch of turmeric,a drop of oil and 2 cups of water & pressure cook it for upto 4 whistles. Once cooled, lightly mash it & keep aside

2. In a pan, add oil. Once warm, add mustard seeds & as it splutters, add curry leaves & drumstick. To this add sambhar powder & just mix so that it coats drumsticks...

3. Next add tamarind paste & water. To this add turmeric powder, hing & salt & let it boil well, till the raw smell of tamarind goes

4. Meanwhile as the tamarind water boils, in another pan, add 1 tsp of oil and once warm, add the ingredients mentioned in 'To Roast & Wet Grind' table, except for coconut and water. Sauté till it turns light brown. Remove of flame..cool & add coconut, water & grind to a smooth paste

5. When the tamarind smell subsides, add the mashed dal. Mix well & simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the ground mixture and mix well. Let is simmer for another 5-7 minutes & remove off flame

The Sambhar thickens after the addition of lentils & ground paste. Make sure you stir, coz the lentils have a tendency to stick to the bottom..

Serve with rice or along with tiffins like dosa/ idli.... We enjoy this with Pachidi/raitha and a dry curry!

* Addition of Sambhar powder can be skipped totally, since we are adding ground spices. I feel adding a little sambhar powder, enhances the taste more :)
** If you land up getting fresh ones, chop them to get 3-4 small pieces!

Servings : 3-4 people
Duration : 45 minutes ( Inclusive of pressure cooking dal)

Sending it to Vidhya's Love Lock Series : Legumes hosted by Vardhini 


  1. Delicious.. what a coincidence today i made sambhar at home too.

  2. Nothing can beat murungakka sambar. It adds loads of flavor and I love it.

  3. My favorite dear... Beautiful clicks

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  5. Murungkkai samabhar looks delicious. I miss fresh them. Frozen I don't like them.

    1. i miss them too.. but this alternative seems to be working okie so far :)

  6. sambar looks so delicious..nice recipe dear!!

  7. One of my favorite sambars, love your Sunday lunch menu..

  8. Murungakkai sambar is one of my favorites. Looks so tempting

  9. wow....yummy sambhar......my fav. sambhar..

    1. @vimitha & faseela.. wow! we have similar taste in food now!

  10. Yummy and so nutritious Rasi :)

    1. they are..south indian food is quite nutrious must say!

  11. sambhar is my husband's fav.. :)

  12. Yum my and healthy sambar..looking great

  13. sambhar looks yumm and flavorful

  14. sambar looks divine..so delicious and flavourful dear..

  15. wow so delicious...love sambar any time !

  16. lovely and healthy ... some awards are waiting for you ....please collect them

  17. I am salivating here....could you please send some over?

  18. super delicious and so tempting sambhar..loved it..

  19. thanks for sharing.


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