Drumstick Sambar/Mulakkada Sambar

imageDrumstick sambar

South Indian homes and Sambar can never be separated. Whether it can be a simple meal or festive thali sambar is a must. We have so many variations in sambar. Today I’ve prepared sambar using drumsticks with home made sambar powder. It’s a simple dish to prepare, consisting mainly of pigeon pea(toor dal) and drumsticks. The drumsticks in the sambar infuse flavour to the liquid.The drumstick sambar is very tasty especially when served with hot steamed rice and melted ghee. This drumstick sambar can be served with idly, vada or dosa. Here I present drumstick sambar which is served with steamed rice, papad and raw plantain stir fry(aratikay kura/vazhakai poriyal). Njoy Cooking,Serving n Savoring!


Toor dal(Pigeon pea): 1 1/2 cup

Drumsticks: 2 nos.

Onion: 1 big

Tomatoes: 2 nos.

Curry leaves: A sprig

Coriander leaves: Few

Tamarind: Big lemon size

Sambar powder: 3 tsp

Turmeric: A pinch

Red chilli powder: 1 tsp


Oil: 1 tbsp

Mustard: 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds: 1 tsp

Hing: A pinch

Fresh coconut: 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

1. Take a small pressure cooker, Rinse well 1 1/2 cups of toor dal (Kandi pappu) and keep 3 cups of water. Add a pinch of turmeric into it.image

2. Pressure cook the toor dal for 15 minutes or keep on low flame and allow to get 2 whistles.image

3. Meanwhile chop drumstick into 3 inch pieces. Chop the onion, green chillies and tomato into pieces.

4. Take a heavy bottom vessel, put chopped drumstick and onion pieces. Pour required amount of water.image

5. Soak big lemon sized tamarind in water.

6. Cook on medium to high flame till drumstick and onions are 90 percent cooked.imageimage

7. Now add chopped tomatoes and green chillies.image

8. Now add tamarind extract, sambar powder, curry leaves and chopped coriander. Bring them to boil. Add required amount of salt too. Add tsp of red chilli powder.image

image9. Now open the lid of the pressure cooker and mash the dal with ladle.image

10. Now add the cooked toor dal to the veggies and bring the mixture to boil thoroughly.

image11. Heat a small Kadai pour tbsp of oil, put mustard seeds. When they splutter add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and a pinch of hing. Add One table spoon of fresh grated coconut too. Fry for a minute and pour the tempering onto the sambar.image

12. Mix thoroughly the tempering, boil for a minute and switch off the stove.image

13. Transfer the sambar onto a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.image

14. Now delicious drumstick sambar is ready to serve hot with steamed rice and papad.image


1. I’ve used home made sambar powder. You can use home made or store- brought powder. I’ve posted sambar powder in my earlier recipes. Please check the recipe for home made sambar powder.

2. Papads I’ve roasted on gas stove as an accompaniment.





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