9799692b348 Nivedhanam: Drumstick Sambar / Murungakkai Sambar

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Drumstick Sambar / Murungakkai Sambar

I rarely blog on my daily food for a reason that I do not photograph them most of the time.. Sambar is a daily food that is served with Plain rice, Idli, Dosa. and it tastes best when served hot. There are different types of Sambar like Aracha sambar or grinded sambar, non-grinded sambar or plain sambar, mor kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu, vathal kuzhambu, parupu urndai kuzhambu etc. Arachuvitta Sambar - IMG_1819

Tamarind – small lemon sized
Turmeric Powder – ½ tea spoon + ½ tea spoon
Salt – 1 ½ tea spoon (adjust to taste)
Asafetida – ¼ tea spoon
Sambar Powder – 1 table spoon
Grated Coconut – 2 table spoons
Red Chili – 2 + 4
Coriander Seeds – 1 tea spoon
Cumin Seeds – ½ tea spoon
Fenugreek Seeds – ½ tea spoon + ¼ tea spoon
Water – 4 cup
Tuvaram Parupu / Toor Dal – ¾ cup
Curry Leaves – 10
Coriander Leaves – 1 table spoon
Mustard Seeds – ½ tea spoon
Kadalai Parupu – 1 table spoon
Oil – 1 tea spoon + ½ tea spoon
Drumstick / Murungakkai  – 2 (cut into 3 inch pieces)

Boil and cook the drumstick with a pinch of turmeric for 5 minutes. Set this aside
Soak the tamarind in 1 cup warm water for about 15 – 20 minutes
Pressure cook the Tuvaram parupu with ½ tea spoon turmeric powder and 2 cups of water
Mash the parupu once well boiled and Keep aside
On a small pan, add 1 tea spoon oil and once hot add the kadalai parupu and sauté it well
Once the kadalai parupu changes color to light golden brown, add ½ tea spoon fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds and cook till well done
Add 4 red chili to the above
Once well done (all fried well and golden), remove from heat and keep aside to cool
Once the above mixture is cool, grind it along with grated coconut. Add water little by little. About ½ cup of water may be needed. The grinded mixture should be of the consistency of a thick paste. Keep aside the grinded mixture
Extract juice from the tamarind and keep aside. Use more water if needed.
Take a medium size pan, add ½ tea spoon oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds.
Once the Mustard seeds crackle, add ¼ tea spoon fenugreek seeds and red chili
Add the drumstick and sauté well. Add curry leaves now.
Add the extracted tamarind juice
Once the above comes to a boil, add turmeric powder, salt, asafetida
After 2 minutes, add the Sambar powder
Add ½ cup of water
After 5 minutes, add the mashed tuvaram parupu and stir well
After it comes to a boil, add the grinded mixture
Cook for a minute or so and garnish with coriander leaves.
Sambar is now ready to be served hot!!!

Arachuvitta Sambar - IMG_1806

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  1. Love arachivitta sambar... super yumm!

  2. Drumstick sambar is very delightful....


  3. My husband loves drumstick sambar and your recipe is quite different from mine-- I just have to try this soon!

  4. I was actually looking for this recipe the other day Sowmya, good you reminded me.. bookmarked "!

  5. looks good dear..

    wishes for a great year ahead.
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  6. My Butterfly loves this sambar..........looking so delicious!


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