Monday, 13 January 2014

Murungakka Sambar - Drumstick Sambar - Arachu Vitta Sambar

Arachu Vitta Sambar is a special kind of Sambar. It is made with freshly ground spices, without the use of Sambar Powder. This adds to the taste of the Sambar. Today I present to you a very popular sambar made in Tamil Nadu with Drumsticks (Murungakka). Drumstick has an awesome fragrance that is imparted to the sambar making it a wonderful delight.


Murungakka (Drumstick) 3
Onions 2
Tamarind 1 tsp
Toor Dal 1/2 cup

To roast and grind
Coriander seeds 2 tbsp
Channa dal 2 tbsp
Red Chilli 4
Coconut 1/2 cup

Mustard 1/2 tsp
Curry leaf few
Fenugreek seeds 1/8 tsp
Hing a little

Salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Pressure cook toor dal with about 3 cups of water till it is mushed up well.

2. In a pot, add the coriander seeds, channa dal, red chillies. Saute till it starts to change the colour. Add coconut and saute for a couple more minutes till a nice aroma comes. Add to a mixie and grind into a smooth paste adding a little water. You can skip this step and make sambar using 1 tbsp of Sambar powder instead.

3. Heat a little oil in a pot. Add sliced onions.

4. Chop the drumsticks into 2 inch pieces. When onions starts changing colour, add the drumsticks.

5. Saute for a little while. Then add a couple of cups of water and cook till your vegetable is cooked.

6. Add the coconut paste, tamarind paste, dal and salt. Add some more water as needed. Bring to a boil and then simmer till it all comes together.

7. For tempering, in a small pan heat a little oil. Add mustard to it. When it sputters, add the curry leaf. fenugreek seeds and hing. When it sizzles, add to the sambar.

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