Drumstick Sambar recipe


Drumstick sambar or murungakkai sambar is a traditional south indian curry using drumsticks, lentils and indian spices. It is a very essential and commonly used side dish for rice, idlis and dosas in South India. Drumsticks added to sambar gives a sweet and unique flavor to the dish. Drumsticks are said to be the blood purifier and has a high content of antibacterial properties and helps in preventing infection in the throat and skin.


 Preparation time : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 4 to 5 people


Tur dal – 1 cup

Tamarind water – ½ cup

Drumstick – 2 nos

Salt to taste


 To grind(sambar masala)

Coriander seeds – 2 tblspns

Chana dal – 1 tblspn

Methi seeds – ½ tsp

Red chillies – 6 to 7 nos

Grated coconut – ½ cup


For tempering

Oil – 2 tsp

Asafoetida powder – ¼ tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

5 to 6 curry leaves


Cut the drumstick into medium pieces about 2 inch long and boil with little water for 10 to 15 minutes till they become soft.

Boil tur dal with enough water and turmeric in a pressure cooker upto 4 whistles or boil separately in a vessel till soft. Once cooked, mash the dal and keep aside.

For tamarind water, boil a lemon size tamarind in water for 7 to 10 mins. Once it cools down, take pulp out of it and add little water.

Stir fry the ingredients given for sambar masala and grind with little water to make a smooth paste.

How to make drumstick sambar

Heat a pan. Add tamarind water. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes till the raw smell of the tamarind exudes.

Add the ground sambar masala and cook for 2 minutes.

Add boiled tur dal, boiled drumstick pieces, salt and little water to bring to a medium consistency. Mix well and let it simmer for another 5 mins.

Heat oil in a tadka pan. Add asafoetida, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds stops spluttering, pour the seasoning into the sambar

Serve hot with rice or idlis or dosas.drumstick sambar





One Response to Drumstick Sambar recipe

  1. With fresh sambhar masala murungai kai sambhar looks wonderful .I usually dont add methi seeds for grinding .But will try to add because it is really healthy

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