Sunday 17 March 2013

Murungaikai Sambar/Drumsticks Sambar Recipe-How to make Murungaikkai Sambar

Almost all parts of Murungai/Drumsticks tree have  extraordinary nutritional and medicinal values. It is grown in most of the houses in Southern India, and we do have one in our backyard in Chennai. Drumsticks is used in curries, soups, gravies etc. Drumstick leaves are rich in calcium, iron and numerous amounts of vitamins and minerals. The drumstick leaves and pods, prevents vitamin A deficiency and improves eye health. Since it is rich in iron, it prevents iron deficiency and boosts immunity. Let us all eat healthy food and lead a healthy life with all that is available in our own back yards. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here I am sharing with you all a simple and healthy murungaikai sambar, with step by step photos…

Thoor dhal
1 cup
2 (cut to 3 inch pieces)
1 finely chopped
3 finely chopped
Green chillies
1 slit length wise
Extract from 1 small lemon sized ball
Red Chilli Powder
1 tbsp
Coriander Powder
2 tbsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
Mustard seeds/Kadugu
¼ tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
¼ tsp
Curry leaves
2 tsp
As needed
Coriander leaves/Cilantro
1 tbsp finely chopped
2 pinches
Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes                 Recipe Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes                        Recipe Cuisine: TamilNadu, South Indian  
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Instead of Red Chilli Powder and Coriander Powder you can replace it with  2 tbsp of Sambar Powder.

Wash and soak the thoor dal for 15 min. Pressure cook dal with 2 ½ cups of water and turmeric powder for three whistles. After the steam releases, add little water, mash the dal and keep it aside.

In sauce pan heat oil, add mustard seeds after it splutter, add cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and sauté for 20 secs. Now add onions, green chillies and sauté until golden brown. Add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy. Now add the drumsticks and sauté for about 3 min.

Add the sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Add 1 ½ cups of water, cover and cook the drumsticks for about 10- 12 min. When the drumsticks are cooked add the cooked dhal, tamarind extract and let it boil for another 5 to 10 min. Nice aroma of sambar fills the room, than you can switch off the stove and garnish with cilantro leaves.  Add water if needed.

Yummy and healthy drumsticks sambar is ready to be enjoyed. It can be served with white rice, idli , dosas and vadas.

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  1. A very good recipe with beautiful snaps!

  2. my favorite way to eat sambhar with drumsticks in it.

  3. Yummy Sambar

  4. Thank you all for the wonderful comments...

  5. I love murungakkai sambar :)

  6. Awesome shambar,.. lovely taste.. Thanks for linking with my event

  7. Hi Priya,

    This recipe looks mouth-watering :):).Just one clarification , instead of the readily available sambar powder , can we use the same "roast and grind" ingredients mentioned in arachu vitta sambhar excluding coconut as sambar powder, will it give the same authentic taste?..

    1. Hi Reshma,
      Thanks dear, I don't use store bought sambar powder. If you don't want to use sambar powder you can replace it with 1:2 red chilli powder and coriander powder to get the taste of this sambar. If u use the arachuvitta sambar powder then you will not get this taste. Both the sambar tastes different because of the powders only. I think you can follow, if not you can get back to me. Thanks a lot dear, try the sambar you will love it...

  8. Sure Priya :) ,Thanks :), I shall try your suggestion ..:)

  9. I tried today it was yummy... ! thanks a lot

    1. Hi Chandru, thanks a lot for trying the sambar. It is really nice of you to let me know about the same. I am so glad the sambar turned out great..... keep coming back for delicious recipes...


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