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How to make Murungai kaai sambar sadham or Drumstick Sambar Rice South Indian Tamilnadu or Madras Style Recipe

Updated on November 24, 2013
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Drumstick Sambar Rice
Drumstick Sambar Rice

Drumstick Sambar Rice South Indian Madras Style Recipe

3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Drumstick Sambar Rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves three people
Boiled rice
Boiled rice
onions and drumstick
onions and drumstick


  • 3 cup Boiled rice
  • 1 cup Toor dal, (soak the dhal for 1 hour in hot water)
  • 2-3 Drumstick, (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 Red chilles, (cut in to pieces)
  • 2 Tomatoes, (cut in to pieces)
  • 1/4 tea spoon Turmeric powder
  • 4 tea spoon Sambar powder
  • Salt, (as required)
  • 1 tea spoon Tamarind paste
  • 2 tea spoon Ghee, (for frying)
  • 1/2 tea spoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 tea spoon Bengal gram
  • 5 to 8 Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida powder
  • 1 Big onion, (or 4-5 small onions meant for Sambar, (chop into small pieces)
  • Corriander leaves, (chop into pieces)
Boiled Toor dhal
Boiled Toor dhal
Mustard, Bengal gram dhal, Red chilies and Onions getting fried in the ghee
Mustard, Bengal gram dhal, Red chilies and Onions getting fried in the ghee
Tomatoes and drumstick in the cooker with rest of the ingredients.
Tomatoes and drumstick in the cooker with rest of the ingredients.


  1. Pressure cook the Toor dal with 2 cups of water and place it in a separate bowl.
  2. Heat the oil/ghee in the pressure cooker for tempering and add the mustard and wait till mustard crackles. Now add the Bengal gram and fry till Bengal gram becomes golden brown.
  3. In the same cooker add the chopped onions, curry leaves and fry till onion becomes golden brown. When it is done, add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add the drum stick in cooker and saute for few minutes.
  5. Pour the boiled Toor dal and 1 cup of water in the cooker.
  6. Increase the flame of the cooker and add the Tamarind paste, Turmeric, Sambar powder, Salt, Asafoetida powder and mix well.
  7. Close the lid and allow the cooker to give 4 whistles.
  8. When the pressure is gone, remove the lid and mix the boiled rice with the Sambar. Then transfer the Drumstick Sambar rice to a separate bowl and garnish using chopped coriander leaves.
  9. It can be served along with any vegetable porial or papad. I have placed cabbage porial as side dish.
Boiled toor dal, water, sambar powder, tamarind paste poured inside the cooker.
Boiled toor dal, water, sambar powder, tamarind paste poured inside the cooker.

© 2013 Ravi and Swastha


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      Ravi and Swastha 

      16 months ago from London, Canada

      Thanks for your comments

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      3 years ago

      Loved the sambar rice recipe.


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