Drumstick Sambar is one of the delicious South Indian Sambar . Drumsticks also called as Nuggekai or moringa is a most common vegetable that is used in preparations of Sambar. In this recipe I have used only Drumsticks to make Sambar . But other vegetables like carrot , potato , brinjal and pumpkin can also be used in combination with Drumstick to make Sambar .

Drumstick Sambar

Drumsticks along with shallots (sambar onion ) makes a wonderful combination and sambar tastes delicious. Its very easy to make delicious sambar , provided you have a good Sambar Powder. The most important ingredient to make as tasty sambar is its sambar powder . You can dry roast the spices , instantly , grind to fine powder and use it or else can use readymade store bought Sambar Powder . I too have shared the recipe of easy homemade sambar powder , you can refer for making a small batch.

Health Benefits:  Drumsticks are a boon for diabetics as they are known to reduce spiked blood sugar levels . Also it is high content in calcium and iron, promotes a healthy bone structure . Rich in B vitamins help breaking down the foods and make it easier to digest them smoothly .The vitamin C content helps stave off various infections, boosts immunity , relieves respiratory disorders and also helps in purifying blood. So add more drumsticks to your diet and make the most of it!

Other Varieties of Sambar recipes on blog are : Massida Soppu Saaru , Urali Bassaru and also Tiffin Sambar .

RECIPE CARD FOR DRUMSTICK SAMBAR

Drumstick Sambar

Most Popular and a typical South Indian Sambar prepared with Drumsticks and Shallots.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South India
Keyword: Curries, Gluten Free
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Muktha H S

Ingredients

For Pressure cooking Dal

  • 3/4 Cup Toor Dal
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil

For Sambar

  • 1/2 Cup Shallots / Sambar Onions , roughly sliced
  • 250 grams Drumsticks
  • 1 no Tomato large , finely chopped
  • 2 no Green Chillies
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Tamarind juice Extract from 1 Tbsp Tamarind
  • 1/2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 1/4 Tsp Methi Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Jaggery
  • 1.5 – 2 Cup Water or as required to adjust the consistency

For Tempering

  • 1 Tbsp Clarified Butter / Ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera Seeds ,optional
  • 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1-2 no Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida

Instructions

  • Rinse and wash 3/4 cup toor dal with water twice.
  • Add 2 cups of water , 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp oil and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Allow pressure to settle down on its own, dal should be cooked completely , lightly mash and keep aside.
  • Soak 1 gooseberry size tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water for 15-20 minutes , extract the juice and set aside.
  • Whilst ,heat 1/2 Tbsp of oil in a broad pan or vessel ,add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds , 1/4 tsp methi seeds allow it to crackle and add 2 sprigs curry leaves .
  • Now add 1/2 cup roughly sliced shallots and fry for 3-4 minutes till shallots looks transparent. If using regular onion , use 1 medium size onion, chopped.
  • Add 1 chopped tomato and 2-3 slit green chillies and continue to saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Clean the drumsticks ,trim the edges, remove the fibre and cut into 21/2 -3 inch long . Add drumsticks and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Now add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder , 1/4 tsp asafoetida , 2 Tbsp sambar powder and mix well.
  • Now add in 1/2 cup of extracted tamarind juice and mix well .
  • Add salt and bring it to boil.Once it comes to boil , add in cooked dal ,1.5 cups of water and mix well.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of jaggery powder and bring it to boil.Turn off the heat and add in fresh chopped coriander leaves .
  • In a season pan ,heat 1 Tbsp of Ghee, add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds , 1/2 tsp jeera seeds , curry leaves ,dry red chilli and pinch of Asafoetida , mix well and pour it over the prepared sambar.
  • Serve it hot along with steamed rice ,papad and pickle.

Step by step directions for making Drumstick Sambar:

Rinse and wash 3/4 cup toor dal with water twice.

drumstick sambar

Add 2 cups of water , 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp oil and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.

Drumstick Sambar

Allow pressure to settle down on its own, dal should be cooked completely , lightly mash and keep aside.

Drumstick Sambar

Soak 1 gooseberry size tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water for 15-20 minutes , extract the juice and set aside.

Drumstick Sambar

Heat 1/2 Tbsp of oil in a broad pan or vessel ,add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds , 1/4 tsp methi seeds allow it to crackle and add 2 sprigs curry leaves .

Drumstick Sambar

Now add 1/2 cup roughly sliced shallots and fry for 3-4 minutes till shallots looks transparent.

Drumstick Sambar

Add 1 chopped tomato and 2-3 slit green chillies and continue to saute for 2-3 minutes.

Drumstick Sambar

Clean the drumsticks ,trim the edges, remove the fibre and cut into 21/2 -3 inch long  . Add drumsticks and saute for 5 minutes.

Drumstick Sambar

Now add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder , 1/4 tsp asafoetida , 2 Tbsp sambar powder and mix well.

Drumstick Sambar

Now add in 1/2 cup of extracted tamarind juice and mix well .

Drumstick Sambar

Add salt and bring it to boil.

Drumstick Sambar

Once it comes to boil , add in cooked dal ,1.5 cups of water and mix well.

Drumstick Sambar

Add 1/2 tsp of jaggery powder and bring it to boil.Turn off the heat and add in fresh chopped coriander leaves .

Drumstick Sambar

In a season pan ,heat 1 Tbsp of Ghee,  add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds , 1/2 tsp jeera seeds , curry leaves ,dry red chilli and pinch of Asafoetida , mix well and pour it over the  prepared sambar.

Drumstick Sambar 

Serve it hot along with steamed rice ,papad and pickle.

Drumstick sambar
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