Murungakkai Sambar/ Drumstick Stew

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Murungakkai Sambhar/ Sambar

Sambar a lentil based stew is a popular South Indian delight. Each part of South India have their own version based on the taste preference and vegetables available during the season. The Sambar powder is prepared well in advance and used on a daily basis to create the wonderful tasting Sambar. Sambar is served any time of the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a typical south Indian home. Commonly with idli, vadai or dosai during breakfast and mixed with rice with some sort of poriyal or varuval for lunch and dinner.
Today`s Murungakkai Sambar recipe is Amma`s version~ a recipe derived from the spices and vegetables available from her native Trichy. Murungakkai imparts a great flavor to the Sambar, making it the most sought after among all other vegetables.


  1. Thuvaram Paruppu/ Thur Dhal-1/2 cup
  2. Cut drumsticks about 10 to 12 pieces
  3. Shallots or pearl onions-1 cup
  4. Finely cut tomatoes-1/2 cup
  5. Small lime sized tamarind
  6. Sambar powder 2 teaspoon
  7. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Mustard-1/2 teaspoon
  10. Fenugreek 4 to 5
  11. A pinch of asafoetida.

  1. Cook the paruppu/dhal in a pressure cooker with turmeric until nice and smooth. When cool mash well and set aside.
  2. Soak the tamarind in lukewarm water and extract pulp.
  3. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat a cup of water and add the drumsticks, shallots, tomatoes, sambar powder and salt. Cook covered until the drumsticks are done.
  4. Add the tamarind extract, mashed paruppu and bring to a boil. Season with mustard, fenugreek and asafoetida. Simmer for about 3 minutes and garnish with fresh cut cilantro.
Serve hot with rice with a poriyal,varuval and appalam.


  1. Drumstick sambhar is absolutely the best sambhar though these days I like Swiss Chard sambhar but nothing to beat drumstick. I do not add tomatoes though but otherwise the basic recipe I use is the same.

  2. This is my daughter's favorite sambhar. I make this often at my house.

  3. I just love this sambar, personally i think drumstick sambars are very flavourful when compared to other sambar...delicious!

  4. Looks delicious and nice pic

  5. Drumsticks & whole onions make the best sambhar. My DD1 loves drumstick & she just chews all the ones i use!

  6. I too have heard drumstic sambhar is the flavorful,best one,sadly I never got it right!! Have to try again,ur picture makes me mouthwater!!

  7. Picture pakkavae manakkuthu. I love this sambhar!

  8. Mouthwatering Sambar! Looks sooooo delicious :)

  9. drool-worthy sambar... want to have a taste :)

  10. I too add drumsticks in dad loves it :) The picture has come out lovely, looks very inviting :)

  11. drumstick adds such a fab flavor to any sambar. looks good!

  12. Excellent Sambar....nice colour!!!

  13. Dear delicious sambar,looks so colourful......

  14. Hi,
    luks similar to saravana bhavan sambhar:)

  15. lovely pix ....the dish pops out !


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