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Drumstick sambar | murungaikkai sambar recipe

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South Indian style Drumstick sambar| Murungakkai Samabr recipe with step by step pictures
Sambar is a usual one which we make almost twice a week and the veggies which we add varies according to the availability and the preference of the family members. The most popular one among my family is Drumstick sambar called as Murungaikkai Sambar in Tamil. Apart from that we make sambar with Shallots( small onion sambar ), radish(mullangi sambar) capsicum (one of my fav) and rarely with potatoes and brinjal.
When i posted the Sambar  Powder recipe i thought i will post the recipe of Sambar with home made sambar powder. Here is my version of Drumstick sambar recipe.
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INGREDIENTS: (SERVES 3-4 ) Duration : 40 minutes

DRUMSTICK 2
TAMARIND EXTRACT 1 AND 1/2 CUP
SAMBAR POWDER 2 AND 1/2 TSP
TOOR DAL 3/4 CUP
SALT TO TASTE
TURMERIC POWDER 1/4 TSP
OIL 1 TSP
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/4 TSP
RED CHILLI 1 (OPTIONAL)
ASAFOETIDA A PINCH
CURRY LEAVES FEW

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METHOD:

  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes and extract  the  juice by adding 1 and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cook the toor dal with a pinch of turmeric powder for 4-5 whistles in a pressure cooker by adding necessary water.
  • Cut the drumstick into even small sizes.
Sambar step 2Sambar step 1
  • In a pan, add oil and throw in the mustard seeds and the red chilli.
  • Add the cut drumstick and saute for a minute, and add the tamarind extract.
  • Now add the sambar powder, salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  • Allow this to boil and let the drumstick to cook. Keep the flame to medium.

Sambar step 3Sambar step 6

  • After few minutes check whether the drumstick has cooked and if done add thetoor dal. Mash it with the back of the ladle before you add. If the consistency is too thick add water to get the right consistency.
Sambar step 5Sambar step 7
  • Add curry leaves and bring this to a nice boil. My mom will add finely chopped coriander leaves too.
  • Serve hot with rice or even for Idli | Dosa too.
  • We had  drumstick sambar with Beans curry and rice.

Drumstick Sambar 1
Check out my Arachuvitta Vengaya Sambar recipe too
Note:

  • We won’t add shallots in all sambar . If you want to add you can add after the mustard splutters.
  • If the sambar is too thin you can mix 1-2 tsp of rice flour in water without any lumps and add in the last and give a nice boil. Don’t add too much of rice flour as it will spoil the taste of the sambar.

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42 comments

Vardhini February 4, 2013 - 3:00 pm

We make sambar frequently too. Looks yummy.

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PT February 4, 2013 - 3:21 pm

one of my fav veggie sambar.. i like to add raw mango in it..

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Veena Theagarajan February 4, 2013 - 3:59 pm

my fav vegetable.. I hv it in my fridge.. after seeing ur pic I have changed tmr's menu 🙂
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Arthy Suman February 4, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Mom makes this quite often…im missing murungakai sambar…

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Julie February 4, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Tempting n flavorful smabhar!
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divya February 4, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Slurp, highly irresistible sambar….

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Rumana Ambrin February 4, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Slurp… Delicious recipe…

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Laavanya February 4, 2013 - 5:10 pm

I love the flavour of drumstick in sambar … looks so tempting and nice combination with the beans poriyal.

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Torviewtoronto February 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

this looks wonderful lovely pictures

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Vimitha Anand February 4, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Lovely combo… Sambar looks so tempting

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Rasi February 4, 2013 - 9:55 pm

one of our favorites too.. it was on our menu last night 🙂

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Premalatha Aravindhan February 5, 2013 - 1:23 am

I too made drumstick sambar today:) Aishu's fav:)luks delicious…

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Anu February 5, 2013 - 2:14 am

Comfort meal, can have it daily.

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Revathi February 5, 2013 - 2:16 am

sambar without onion and tomato…its new to me….should try out…when your free please drop into my blog…thanks.

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Sona S February 5, 2013 - 2:38 am

murungaikkai sambar is one of my favorite, looks delicious..

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PriyaVaasu February 5, 2013 - 3:22 am

Our favourite sambhar, love the aroma of this veggie 🙂

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tinku shaji February 5, 2013 - 3:43 am

Ahh give me some idlies i am finishing all off..
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Sangeetha Nambi February 5, 2013 - 4:57 am

Love this flavored sambar all time…
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Priti S February 5, 2013 - 5:03 am

One of my fav sambar …looks so yum ….I do very similar too

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Chitra February 5, 2013 - 5:05 am

Drooling. me too going to make drumstick sambar today ;)I add greeen chillies instead of red chillies. 🙂

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prathibha Garre February 5, 2013 - 5:25 am

Drumstick sambar is my most fav one..looks perfect for lunch

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Shama Nagarajan February 5, 2013 - 5:26 am

yummy and inviting recipe.. .

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APARNARAJESHKUMAR February 5, 2013 - 5:33 am

wow who say no to drumstick ! Idly oda kozhaichu adikalam

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ShravsCookBookBlog February 5, 2013 - 5:33 am

I love drumstick sambar…picture perfect…

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Rani's gourmet February 5, 2013 - 6:00 am

delicious sambar ..wish to try this…

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Kaveri Venkatesh February 5, 2013 - 8:30 am

Love this one..the flavor of drumsticks enhances even more by evening and tastes awesome with idly,dosai…Like your version Jeyashri

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RAKS KITCHEN February 5, 2013 - 10:18 am

My favorite next to kathrikkai, my MIL keeps better sambar than me with this. Looks so good!

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Sharmilee! :) February 5, 2013 - 10:52 am

This is my fav sambar anytime…love to have it with rice , dosa and idli too….very tempting presentation

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Nagalakshmi V February 6, 2013 - 2:26 am

i love the flavour of drumstick too, in pretty much anything!

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Nivedhanams Sowmya February 6, 2013 - 5:40 pm

very flavorful and aromatic sambar!!! thanks for sharing!!
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Surya S April 8, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Don't you add scrap of coconut in to it?

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admin April 9, 2013 - 9:06 am

No we don't add coconut for plains sambar. Only for arachuvitta sambar we add. Check out my vengaya sambar recipe

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Surya S April 8, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Don't you add scrap of coconut in to it?

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KrishnaPriya April 30, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Looks tempting!!

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Mina May 19, 2013 - 3:54 pm

I made it today.. simple and easy to cook. looks delicious

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abhitha June 9, 2013 - 6:12 am

Simple n neat !!!

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Muralimanoharan Maruthapillai December 20, 2013 - 10:39 am

wow.. clearly said

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KOLAR SRINIVASAN Kalyani January 8, 2014 - 8:23 am

madam you are super cook…… i am inspired by thank y very much……………..

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Shilpa July 25, 2014 - 9:13 am

Liked it a lot. Prepared a lot of times never disappointed. Thank you.

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Unknown November 20, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Thanks for such a nice recipe. I tried it but drum sticks won't cook properly when I cook with tamerind juice is there any tip how to make them cook properly.

Thanks
suman

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jayashree January 23, 2018 - 3:35 pm

This is my favourite Sambhar recipe… never fails 🙂

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