Thursday 28 May 2020

Drumsticks Brinjal Sambar Recipe/Kathrikkai Murungaikkai Sambar Recipe/How to make Kathrikkai Murungaikkai Sambar with step by step photos

Drumsticks Brinjal Sambar/Kathrikkai Murungaikkai Sambar is a traditional and authentic sambar of Tamil Nadu served with steam cooked white rice or with idlis dosas etc. Do try out this delicious sambar and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Sambars/Dals/Kootus etc here.

Here’s how to make Drumsticks Brinjal Sambar with step by step photos…

Thoor Dal/Thuvar Dal/Thuvaram Paruppu
1 cup
1 big finely chopped
2 finely chopped
Green Chillies/Pacchai Milagai
2 slit length wise
Drum sticks/Murungaikkai
2 cut to 3” pieces
3 cut and immersed in water
Red Chilli Powder
1 ½ tsp
Coriander Powder
3 tsp
Turmeric Powder
1 tsp
½ tsp
One small gooseberry size ball
As needed
Coriander Leaves/Kothamalli
2-3 tbsp finely chopped

For Tempering
3 tsp
Mustard Seeds/Kadugu
½ tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Curry Leaves/Karuvepillai
Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes                Recipe Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 25-30 minuutes                    Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash and soak the Thuvar dal/Thurdal/Thuvaram Paruppu for about 15 minutes.

Add washed thurdal/thuvaram paruppu to the pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water.

Add turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of oil, asafoetida, perungayam/asafoetida to the pressure cooker.

Pressure cook for three whistles and switch off the stove.

Wait for the steam to release all by itself, then open the lid and mash the dal with masher or mathu. Add little water mix well and keep the dal aside to make sambar.

Soak the tamarind/puli in ½ cup of water and extract the juice.

Heat 3 tsp of oil in a kadai/pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, add curry leaves/karuvepillai and wait for 20 seconds.

Add onions, green chillies, little salt and sauté well until they turn translucent.

Now add finely chopped tomatoes and sauté well until they turn mushy.

Add chopped drumsticks and sauté well for about 6-7 minutes. 

Add cut brinjal/kathrikkai and give a gentle mix.

At this stage add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder salt and mix everything really well.

Add 2 cups of water and let the vegetables cook for about 10-12 minutes or until well cooked.

Add cooked dal, little salt to the cooked vegetables. Then add the tamarind extract and mix everything really well.

Add 1 tbsp of coriander leaves/kothamalli leaves and let it boil really well for about 5-8 minutes and switch off the stove.

Finally garnish with remaining coriander leaves. Delicious, flavourful and tempting Kathrikkai Murungaikkai Sambar is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with steam cooked white rice or with idlis, dosas, uthappam etc.

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  1. Thank you. With your guidance prepared a good sambar.

    1. Thank you so much Jose for trying it and letting me know, I am so happy you liked it. Keep visiting Priyas Virundhu for more delightful recipes


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