After posting how to make Sambar powder at home, I had to post a detailed Sambar recipe using it. I got these drumsticks fresh from my in-laws garden and its always good to cook with some organic vegetables. So, I decided t make drumstick sambar today which I served for breakfast with idli.
As you all must know that drumsticks are extremely good for health and they taste delicious too! We call drumsticks as Murungakkai in South India. Murungakkai Sambar is easy to prepare and you can even enjoy it for lunch drizzled over some steamed rice. Sambar is a great side dish for Dosas, Idlis etc. Click here to check out the recipe to make super soft idlis.
- Toovar Dal/yellow lentil - 1/4 cup
- 3 Drumstick (chopped 3 inch pieces)
- Sambar powder - 2 tsp
- Tamarind - 2 tbsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Curry leaves - 1 sprig
- Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
- Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
- Urad Dal/White lentil - 1 tsp
- Red Chillies - 2
- Vegetable Oil - 1 tbsp
- Ghee - 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup warm water for 15 minutes. Now drain the water in a separate bowl by removing the pulp.
Pressure cook lentil with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of turmeric powder till its soft and cooked properly. Mash the lentil and keep it aside.
Add 1 tsp oil in a sauce pan and when its warm, add drumsticks and saute for few minutes.
Lower the flame and add tamarind water, turmeric powder, sambar powder and let it simmer for few more minutes.
Add mashed lentil, salt to taste, asafoetida and mix it well. If you feel its took thick, you can add some more water and adjust the consistency.
Add oil and ghee in a small frying pan and when its warm add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add white lentil, red chilliesand saute till white lentil turns light brown.
Add a pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves and stir for few second. Add this tempering in the Sambar and serve it hot with some rice or Idli/Dosa.