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Madras Style Murungakkai Sambar – Drumstick Sambar

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Recipe for Tamilnadu Madras style murungakkai sambar for idli and rice. Indian Chennai drumstick Sambar.

This recipe for Murungakkai Sambar is from my good friend Anandhi. This is her mom’s Murungakkai Sambar recipe. We used to work together almost a decade back (gosh – its been a long time). At that time, the food at the canteen/food court was horrible. We were doing crazy night shifts at that time and we were so tired to get into the kitchen after we came back home. We did not have time to go out for dinner too. So we were stuck with the horrendous food from the food court. Our horrible meal times continued day after day. In-spite of the night shift and crazy 12-14 hour work days, she made this Murungakkai Sambar and brought one day. Food is memories. This is a simple everyday Murungakkai Sambar that’s so nourishing and a healthy meal. Anandhi is the most cutest and the sweetest person you will meet in life. Some people leave an indelible mark in our lives. Below is Anandhi with her daughter.

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Here is the video recipe for Madras Style everyday Murungakkai Sambar.

Boil 100 grams (3/4 cup) of toor-dal, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, cumin seeds and garlic (optional) with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes (5 whistles). Let the pressure from the cooker release naturally. Set aside. Soak half a lime size tamarind in one cup of water for 20 minutes. Once the tamarind has been soaked, squeeze it between the fingers to release all the juices. Strain the juice. Set aside.

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Clean the drumsticks, peel the outer skin of the drumsticks if its very hard. Chop them to 3 inch pieces. Set aside.

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Heat sesame oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds (வெந்தயம்) and curry leaves. Let it splutter. Reduce the flame to low and add in the asafoetida, chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Fry for 10 seconds. Add 1 cup of water and the drumsticks.

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Add in the tamarind juice to the pan. Add in the salt and jaggery. Anandhi’s mom does not use jaggery. I like a little jaggery in my sambar. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes in medium flame until the drumsticks are soft and tender. Lightly mash the dal and the tomatoes in the pressure cooker with a ladle and add it to the pan. Add some water to the pan if the dal is very thick. Add water only if necessary. Let it simmer for 15 minutes.

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Switch off the flame. Add in the coriander leaves and serve Murungakkai Sambar hot with rice.

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Madras Style Murungakkai Sambar

Recipe for Tamilnadu Madras style murungakkai sambar for idli and rice. Indian Chennai drumstick Sambar.

  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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Pressure Cooking Ingredients

  • 100 grams Toor dal
  • 2 medium sized Tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic (optional)

Other Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame/gingely oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/2 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 Drumsticks
  • half a lime size Tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery (optional)
  • 4 sprigs Coriander leaves

Instructions

  1. Boil 100 grams (3/4 cup) of toor-dal, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, cumin seeds and garlic (optional) with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes (5 whistles). Set aside. Soak half lime size tamarind in one cup of water for 20 minutes. Once the tamarind has been soaked, squeeze it between the fingers to release all the juices. Strain the juice. Set aside.
  2. Clean the drumsticks, peel the outer skin of the drumsticks a little if its very hard. Chop them to 3 inch pieces. Set aside.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Let it splutter. Reduce the flame to low and add in the asafoetida, chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Fry for 10 seconds. Add 1 cup of water and the drumsticks.
  4. Add in the tamarind juice to the pan. Add in the salt and jaggery. I like a little jaggery in my sambar. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes in medium flame until the drumsticks are soft and tender.
  5. Lightly mash the dal and the tomatoes in the pressure cooker with a ladle and add it to the pan. Let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dal/Lentils
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilnadu, Madras

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42 Comments

  1. shyla

    excellent receipe

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  2. PRADEEP PANICKER

    Superb and yummy taste 😋






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  3. shalini

    Dear Kannamma,

    is there an ad free version of your website ? When I try to take a print out, the ads show up in the prints too.

    Your recipes keep my family happy. Thank you 🙂






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Currently we do not have an ad free version.

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  4. Alamelu rangachaari

    Hi I love your receipes mostly I try Dindigul chicken biryani my all time favourite






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  5. AK Kundra

    I work for autistic kids and live with them.
    I keep trying new recipes and the Madras sambhar was just loved by all.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thats so nice. I am so happy they liked it. God bless!

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  6. Usha karthik

    Really very tasty sambar. Thank you

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  7. Rathina

    It was really light and good






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  8. Dhivyaa

    Hi kannamma
    Could you give me a equivalent measurements for tamarind in terms of tamarind paste
    How much is a lime size tamarind
    I always end up in too sour sambar

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  9. Dr Shobha N Gudi

    lovely recipe !
    will try
    i see that u have not used sambhar powder
    luv to get recipe of baked veg from u






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  10. Mardhy

    I made this and it came out so perfect!!

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  11. Shyam

    Hi ma’am,

    Change the website name from Kannamma cooks to kannamma rocks… Your recipes rock..

    Regards
    Shyam

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me. Happy Cooking!

      Reply
      • Shyam

        Hi ma’am,
        Your reply means a lot to me!! Happy cooking starts with ur website..

        Regards
        Shyam

        Reply
  12. sudhagar

    Hi mom how to make Indian briyani plz teach for me

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  13. Nellaiappan Pillai

    Superb recipe. Enjoyed sambar with Jaggery… 1st time in the life… Thank you…






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you Nellaiappan Pillai. Jaggery helps to round the flavor nicely.

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  14. leoz

    thank u very much the sambar turned out very well <3






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  15. leoz

    thanku very much the sambar turned out very well <3






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked the recipe.

      Reply
  16. Shakhy

    Made it☺
    N guess what..it tastes delicious..
    N to top it all…IT IS SUCH AN EASY RECIPE???
    THANK YOU






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  17. Laura

    I am currently making this. Everytime I make sambar I like to try a different recipe and I decided to try this one today. Thanks for the recipe, already smells amazing ?






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  18. Bincy

    Hi Suguna, should cumin seeds be added again for tempering?As its not mentioned along with other seeds.

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Bincy. Thanks for pointing. Yes. Cumin seeds are added again for tempering. Add 1/4 teaspoon.

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  19. Ramalakshmi V

    A good narration. The photo itself tells that the sambar will be very tasty.






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  20. Biju Balan

    Hello

    I will try this . Please share any Tamilnadu style dry mutton recipe.

    Thanks

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  21. Susan Henderson

    I just made this. It was just wonderful! I added a bunch of other vegetables too. I cannot believe it tasted so authentic without using a Sambar Powder!
    Thank you for the recipe!

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  22. jean

    trying it today.

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  23. Kamala Thanasingam

    Hi,

    Both mum and daughter are very stunning. I cant take my eyes of the little girl. Beautiful picture. I am going to try this sambar. Thanks

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Yes Miss.Kamala. They are the most beautiful in and out. This Madras Style Murungakkai Sambar – Drumstick Sambar is a simple and easy everyday lentil dish made with toor dal and tastes so good. Try it and let us know how you liked it.






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      • Savitha

        Tried today…came out nice…Thanx

        Reply

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