Monday, April 29, 2013

Mangai Murungaikai Sambar / Mango Drumstick Lentil Curry

 Sambar was the integral part of the southindian cuisine. It is a tangy lentil curry with fresh vegetables. It can be served along with plain rice , idli , dosa or roti , vada , fritters.
  Sambar is nothing but the spicy lentil curry cooked along with any of these are all of these vegetables such as drumstick , potato , eggplant , radish , bottlegourd , pumpkin , chow chow and so on.
  There are many varities of sambar , I too had posted some of the sambar varities  check them out .........


This sambar has both drumstick and
mango , especially raw mango.  murungakai is the Tamil name for Drumstick and mangai means mango.

Adding mango to the sambar gives a unique taste and flavor , it will be delicious.
  I like adding mango to sambar a lot , as mango will be tangy reduce the tamarind in this sambar.
Requirements :
Tuvar dhal – 1 cup
Shallots – 6
Onion - 1
Drumstick – 2
Raw Mango pieces – 6
Sambar powder – 1 tbs
Salt as required
Oil – 1 tbs
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Garlic – 4 cloves
Curry leaves – a sprig
Asafetida – a pinch
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Tamarind – marble size

Method :
Soak the tamarind in a cup of water. Extract the tamarind juice after few minutes.
Wash and add the dhal to a pressure cooker.
Add in turmeric powder , shallots , garlic along with two cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Heat oil in a pan , add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.
Now , add the asafetida and chopped onion, sauté till it turns translucent.
Add in the curry leaves and sambar powder , sauté till raw smell leaves.
Now , add the chopped drumstick pieces and stir once.
Add a cup of water to cook the drumstick. Leftover water from the cooked dhal can be used.
When the drumstick is cooked add the tamarind extract and let it boil.
Add in the required salt and mix well.
When the raw smell of the tamarind is went off add the cooked dhal and mix well.
Add in the mango pieces and let it simmer for ten minutes.

Delicious mango drumstick sambar is ready to serve.
Serve with plain rice along with ghee.

Note :
I usually add the mango pieces at the last as it will not be over cooked.
Any other vegetables can also be added.


  1. I looooveee this sambhar:) Tasty tasty tasty!!!

  2. yummy yummy sambar! and drop by my new blog - pick quicks as well when u get the time. hope u will be my follower there as well

  3. Wow! My favourite.. Tangy and flavorful sambhar Sharanya :-)

  4. This is a tasty friend pradhi treated this sambar once :)