Drumstick Sambar

  • Drumstick-  1 
  • Thuvar dhal – Half cup
  • Garlic - 5 pods (sliced lengthwise)
  • Sambar powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Sambar (Small) onion – 10 cut length wise
  • Jackfruit Seeds (Optional) - 5
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry size (small ball)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon oil
For seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • Half teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • Dry Chillies - 2
  • 1 string Curry leaves


  • Wash and cut Drumstick into 2 inch pieces
  • Heat 3/4 cup of water when it is hot switch off and add tamarind to it and leave it aside for 15 mins
  • After 15 mins with your hand mash the tamarind well. Strain the tamarind water and keep it aside
  • Wash thuvar dhal and add 1 cup of water and cook it  (3/4 cooked). Add Jackfruit seed if you are using it. If you are using pressure cooker cook till 2 whistle
  • In a Kadai add 1 teaspon oil when it is hot add onion and garlic and fry for sometime
  •  When sound completely off from pressure cooker open the lid. Add  turmeric powder, fried Onion, Garlic and pressure cook till soft. (completely cooked. One more Whistle)
  • In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot, add mustard. When it pops up, add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds,dry chillies,curry leaves and asafetida and fry for just a second 
  • Add Drumstick and fry for few mins
  • Add tamarind and water
  • When it start boiling add sambar powder and add to it. (you can add sambar powder before adding water and fry for 2-3 mins this will give different flavour)
  • When Drumstick is cooked, add cooked dhal and salt. If it is too thick add water according to desired consistency 
  • let it boil for 10 mins
  • Switch off and now it is ready to be served