I know I already have a sambar recipe, and it is a good one … but here is a better one. Drumstick or Muringakka as it is called in malayalam is an old favourite in my house. The drumstick tree of full of benefits . You can read about the benefits all over the internet, so0 I am not going to repeat myself here. You can read it here, here, basically here.
Getting back to my recipe here is how you make it.
Toor Dal – 1/4 cup
Red Masoor Dal – 1/2 cup
Shallots – 7 -8
Drumstick – 2 nos (cut into the size of your index finger)
Potato – 1 (cubed)
Onion – 1 (sliced)
Tomato – 1(sliced)
Green chillies – 3 – 4
Sambhar powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Tamarind – 1 gooseberry sized in ¼ cup water
Salt – as reqd
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Red chillies – 5 -6
Curry leaves – As reqd
Ghee – 1 tsp
Hing – 1 pinch
Coriander leaves – A bunch
Wash and soak the two dals and keep for 10 mins. Pressure cook the dals with the shallots, potato, 1 tomato, 2 green chillies. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and a tsp of oil. Cool it and keep aside
In a pan heat oil, add hing, green chillies,onions, curry leaves and sauté till pink. Add 2 cups water and let it come to a boil. Add the drumsticks, cover and cook till done. When the drumsticks are cooked add the cooked potatoes, salt, tamarind water and simmer. Add the sambar powder and stir it in.
Check the dal for excess water, strain if you find anything, mash the dal and add to the vegetables. olet it come to a boil. Check salt, sourness and consistency. If sambar is to think add excess dal water.
Do tadka with ghee and add it to the sambar.
Take off heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
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