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Murungakkai Sambar – Drumstick with Dal

murungakkai sambar

A South Indian meal can never be complete without the Sambar. It can be made with a variety of vegetables but the Murungakkai Sambar which is made with drumstick and toor dal has a distinct flavor, making it more special. Its the most common Sambar in South Indian and can be served with idli, dosa and rice. Add a dash of ghee (clarified butter) while serving the Murungakkai Sambar and make it irresistible.

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Murungakkai Sambar - Drumstick Sambar

murungakkai sambar

By lathakesav Published: December 31, 2012

  • Yield: 1 bowl (4 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 20 mins

Tasty drumstick cooked with shallots and tomatoes with tamarind pulp and dhal.



  1. Pressure cook the toor dal with 2 cups of water along with the turmeric powder and asofoetida. Once the pressure subsides, open and slightly mash the dal and keep aside.
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  2. Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds and urad dal along with the cumin and fenugreek. Once they splutter add the shallots and curry leaves and saute.
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  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute. Then add the drumstick and saute.
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  4. Add the sambar powder.
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  5. Now add the salt.
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  6. Pour the tamarind extract and mix well.
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  7. Add a cup of water and allow the mixture to boil for 3 - 5 minutes.
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  8. Once the mixture boils, add it to the cooked dal in the pressure cooker. Cover and pressure cook for 5 minutes or 2 whistles. This is done to cook the drumstick.
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  9. Once the pressure subsides, transfer to a serving bowl, add a teaspoon of ghee and freshly chopped coriander leaves. Now the hot and tasty Murungakkai Sambar is ready to be served.
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The drumstick can be replaced with brinjal, raddish, bottle gourd or even capsium.

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