Friday, July 08, 2011

South Indian Delicacy - Drumstick Sambar - Just For You !!!

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Drumstick Sambar:

Sambhar or Sambar is a traditional flavorful South Indian recipe. The key ingredients used for making Sambar are yellow lentils also called as toor dal, various vegetable mixed with spices and tamarind juice. We can use any vegetables of our own choice such as eggplant, brinjal, ladysfinger, bottlegourd, pumpkin, frenchbeans, carrot, radish, etc.
This tasty sambar is an important menu at all South Indian homes and also  takes a prime place during marriage feast.

Here is the traditional and easy recipe..!


·         Toor dal                                - ½ cup
·         Tamarind                              - half lemon size
·         Drumstick                             - 2
·         Onion                                   - 1
·         Tomato medium sized            -  2                  
·         Oil                                         - 1 tbsp
·         Mustard                                - ¼ tsp
·         Cumin                                  - ½ tsp
·         Fenugreek                            - ½ tsp
·         Asafetida                              - a pinch
·         Red chilly                             - 1
·         Turmeric pwd                        - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                       - ½ tbsp
·         Coriander pwd                       - ½ tbsp
·         Sambar pwd                          - 1 tsp
·         Salt to taste
·         Fresh coriander leaves


1.     Wash the toor dal and soak for 5 minutes.
2.     Soak the tamarind in water for 10 minutes and extract the juice.
3.     Chop onion, tomato to slices.
4.     Cut drumstick to 3 inch pieces.
5.     Pressure cook toor dal for 3 whistles.
6.     Heat oil in a fry pan.
7.     Add mustard, cumin, fenugreek and wait to crackle.
8.     Add asafetida, red chilly and curry leaves and saut√©.
9.     Now add chopped onion and fry till soft.
10.  Add chopped tomato and cook for a minute.
11.  Add chopped drumstick, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, salt and fry for a minute.
12.  Add sambar pwd, mix well.
13.  Add a cup of water and allow it to boil covered in medium flame.
14.  Once the drumstick is cooked, add the cooked the mashed toor dal.
15.  Add tamarind juice and check for salt.
16.  Remove from flame.
17.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

18.  Serve hot with white rice or with spongy idly and crispy golden dosa.



  1. This is my all time it.

  2. lovely sambar ,feel like digging in ur plate

  3. delicious and colourful sambar dear..

  4. Hi jay. Great blog you havehare- with very interesting recipes.

    You sure cook well and creative too. I feel I will like the sambhar chicken, I like chili hot- itsgreat for my taste buds..

    must be delicious with hot rice. Many thanks for your visit. Have a nice day

  5. The drumstick is our fav at home but is so difficult to get, hardly any for me to buy.

    Its also awesome with fish curry.

  6. yummy sambhar jay ...wanna eat it now with potato fry :D

  7. Delicious Sambar...Made it just now for our the flavor that drumstick imparts to the Sambar

  8. My all time fav.. looks perfect.

  9. Lleva muchas especias, debe tener muy buen sabor.

  10. What a great and colorful dish!Well done,dear!

  11. My most fav sambar..looks yumm

  12. I'm so happy to discover all of this food on your blog. Looks delicious!

  13. Thanx friends for sweet n lovely comments..keep in touch..

  14. Ummmmm! This looks and sounds delicious and has been added to my must try list. I'm new here and will enjoy following your great blog. I see lots of good recipes to look at now.

  15. Yummy fav too..

  16. Anonymous09 July, 2011

    Looks tasty as usual, Jay!

  17. Hi! Thanks for visiting my humble blog. You have quite a great variety yourself here. I now have another place for my indian food reference. Will pop by often.

  18. Your sambar looks delicious! Would be great with roti too! And I have not eaten drumsticks in quite a while! Have a lovely weekend, Jay!

  19. good one jay- i love drum-sticks and I remmber my mom whenver she used to make it put all that in my plate making my sis groan-- got nostalgic

  20. Wow..its my fav....looks absolutely delicious.

  21. yummy and droolworthy sambar

  22. Oops... Murungaikkai sambar is one of my favourites... It's been a long time since I've had this. You have made me yearn for it. Must cook this again as soon as I could :-)

  23. My all time favourite... loved it:)

  24. Thanks Jay - First class Murungakai sambar! YUM and slurp!

  25. This sounds delicious. I must gather some of the spices and give it a go.

  26. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I love finding new beautiful blogs. I have never had Sambar, it sounds like a perfect recipe on cold day:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  27. Anonymous09 July, 2011

    Oh yowza, that looks amazing!

  28. Lovely and tempting sambar.. looks inviting :)

  29. All time favorite sambar... Looks so perfect...

  30. Perfect and tempting sambar.. looks absolutely inviting..

  31. I love sambar! Drumstick sambar is such a fun way to enjoy this! The color is beautiful and it looks so delicious!

  32. Anonymous11 July, 2011

    I always have a packet or two of frozen drumsticks in my freezer as we don't get fresh ones on regular basis. I personally think murungaikkai sambhar is the best of all the sambhar

  33. I love that great flavor drumstick imparts to the sambar, beautiful and tempting pic :)

  34. Love the color ,simple yet delicious recipe !!!

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