Sambar Recipe - Murungakkai Sambar - Drumstick Sambar Recipe

Sambar Recipe
Sambar - One of the quite essential south indian sidedish...In the recent days I have been getting many reader requests for posting the step by step method of how to make basic sambar...that too very specific in murugakkai sambar...though I have posted few other sambar recipes like arachuvitta sambar, tiffin sambar etc. In my cooking learning process, sambar didnt dispapoint me at all as it came out goodthough not perfect even for the first time.I think the sambar powder matters the most, ammas sambar powder is very popular among relatives and friends that everytime we pack  to give it to them.Have you ever seen the outer wrapper of ashirwad sambar powder? Yes that was the inspiration for this click...Whenever I go to Nilgiris super market I stare at the wrapper and tell to myself....I will post the sambar recipe only if I am able to click like that...Hope I have done justice to it :)
Sambar Recipe

Sambar Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Toor Dal - 1 cup
Small Onions - 15
Tomato - 1 big sized (or) 2 small chopepd roughly
Drumstick - 2 chopped
Sambar powder - 1.5 tbsp
Thin Tamarind extract - 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - just to garnish
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1/2 tsp(optional)
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Hing - a generous pinch
Red Chillies - 2


  1. Pressure cook toor dal with a pinch of turmeric powder and enough water for 4-5 whistles or until mushy. Mash it well with a laddle,Set aside.In a kadai heat oil add onion, tomato saute till golden brown till tomato raw smell leaves.Then add drumstick and saute for 3mins.
    How to make sambar - Step1
  2. Then add the sauted items to toor dhal, add 1 cup water(adjust to desired consistency).Then add sambar powder and mix well to avoid lumps.
    How to make sambar - Step2
  3. Allow it boil in medium flame till the veggie gets cooked.Once the veggie gets cooked add tamarind extract and allow it to boil for a good 5-10mins till it reaches sambar consistency.Adjust salt at this stage.
    How to make sambar - Step3
  4. Heat oil - add the items under 'to temper' and transfer it to the sambar. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch it off.
    How to make sambar - Step4
Serve hot with rice and any poriyal of your choice. I served it with carrot poriyal.
Drumstick Sambar Recipe

My Notes:

Murungakkai Sambar Recipe
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