South Indian foods

Drumstick samber(Murungakkai samber)

Title: murungakkai sambar recipe -a south indian delight


If you’re a fan of South indian cuisine, you probably already know about the mouthwatering flavor and automatic spices that make it so unique. One of the classic dishes that epitomizes that essence of South indian food is murungakkai sambar. In this blog post, we’ll take you through a step-by- step recipe to prepare murungakkai sambar in the comfort of your own kitchen.


. 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)

. 2 drumsticks (murungakkai),cut into 2 inches pieces

. 1 small onions, finely chopped

. 2 tomatoes, chopped

. 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp

. 1 tablespoon sambar powder

. 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder

. Salt to test

. Coriander leaves for garnishment

For tempering :

. 2 tablespoon oil

. 1 tablespoon mastered seeds

. 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

. 2 dried red chili

. A pinch of asafoetida

. Curry leaves

Instructions :

step 1 : cooking the lentils

  1. Rinse the toor dal thoroughly and pressure cook it with 2 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder until it becomes soft and mushy.
  2. 2. Once cooked ,mash the dal with a spoon or whisk until it reaches a smooth consistency. Set it aside .

Step 2 : prepareing the sambar base

  1. Heat oil in the a large pan or a deep -bottomed pot. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

2. Add cumin seeds, dried red chillies, asafoetida, and Curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds until the spices release their aroma.

3. Add the finely chopped onion and saute until they turn translucent.

4. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.

step 3 : adding vegetables spices

  1. Add the drumsticks spice to te pan and saute them for a couple of minutes.

2. Dissolve the tamarind pulp in 1/2 cup of water and add it to the pan.

3. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, and salt to test. Mix well.

4. Pour 2 cups water and bring the mixture to a boil. Then,reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pan. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the drumsticks are tender.

step 4: combining the Lentils and sambar base

  1. Once the drumsticks are cooked, add the mashed dal to the pan and mix well.

2. Simmer the sambar for another 5-10 minute, allowing the flavor to blend together.

3. If the sambar appears too thick , you can add same water to achieve the desired consistency.

step 5: Garnishing and serving

  1. check the seasoning and adjust salt or spices if needed.

2. Garnish the murungakkai sambar with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

3. Serve hot with steamed rice, dhosa,idli of any South bread of yours choice.


murungakkai sambar is a delightful dish that perfectly showcases the vibrant flavor of South indian cuisine. With its combination of Lentils, drumsticks, and aromatic spices, this sambar is a true crow-pleaser.


Prodyut Pramanik

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