Monday, May 28, 2012

Murungakka (Drumstick) Sambar (Lentil Stew)

Lentils please. Of course please. Akin the customary ingredient, food is not complete in an Indian household without lentils (Spinach Sambar/Dhal Curry, Tanni Saar & Dalca/Dhal Mutton Curry). Otherwise, there is always the emergency call for Yogurt Rasam. Then again, when the mind is already set on sambar, lentil is within your reach (Hot Masala Lentil Soup) and you have also bought murunggaka which by the way is my all time favourite, love it (Murungakka Fish CurryIndian Dhal Curry and Fish Sambar), lets not procrastinate. Life is too short to live to regret, come on everyone, grab this ever classic (Stir Fried Turmeric Tapioca) murungakka cooked with dhal and elevated with spices.
1 cup yellow dal/lentils - soaked in water for 1 hour
5 murungakka - cut into 1 inch length and remove the strings all around
1 medium size brinjal - cut into chunks
7 shallots - remove skin
7 garlic - remove skin
2 red chillies - cut into 3 or 4 pieces
1 tsp plain chilli powder
1 tbsp tamarind juice
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 small bunch coriander leaves - sliced thinly
3 + 1 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Simmer dal/lentils with turmeric and enough water till half tender.
While dal is simmering,  heat 3 tbsp oil and fry murungakka ,brinjals, shallots, garlic and chillies for about 3 to 4 mins.
(Note; try this method of frying. It will definitely make a difference)
Then, tip into lentils. 
Over it, pour 1/2 liter of water, chilli powder, tamarind juice and season with salt. 
Stir and simmer to soften veggies. 
Into a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and temper cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
Add into lentil mixture and combine in coriander leaves.
Stir and remove from heat.
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  1. Hey dear, these vegetables are so interesting! I've never seen them before. Looks a little like ladies fingers, wonder if they taste similar.....

  2. This looks delicious although I have never heard of that bean. I will have to keep a look out for them and I love the spices.

  3. I bet this is very delicious...
    Coz I love to eat dhal curry.....

  4. Gosh...these look good. I will love them with a plate of steaming hot rice! And be guilty of carbo loading!

  5. I'm not familiar with " murungakka" But it looks really YummY with these great spices ingredients,,YuM


  6. looks very delicious..wonderful recipe!

  7. There is an array of produce in here that I have never heard of or seen. Now I am going to have to look them up via Google and see if I can find some at the specialty grocers. I seriously think it would take at least 2 lifetimes to cover all the produce that exists in the world. Those rich spices do look like they would really impart some great flavor into the veggies! Enjoy the day!

  8. This is my type of sambar with lot of drumsticks in it. Love this, Nava!

  9. This looks so good and healthy...:) When I was in India they made the most divine curries with ladies fingers (murungakka), and ever since I love these little veggies:)

  10. Gosh...I think it will taste awesome with some rice!

  11. Oh drumsticks are always the main thing in sambhar! I'm making some today actually. Will give your recipe a spin. :)

  12. What a beautiful sambar dish my friend :D
    One of the most commonly eaten at home!

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  13. This dish looks really tasty and healthy! Love it!

  14. What a beautiful dish, Nava. Wish the hubby would eat lentils!

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  16. i havent seen this before actually, but it looks so good that i wanna try it homemade too!

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  17. This sounds like an interesting dish Nava!

  18. Selvi Thambymuthu-ThaverJuly 10, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    I made this Nava, and the recipe was excellent!! It was delicious. The only thing I added was some fresh shrimp!!

  19. This is new to me so I would not m8nd trying it out the presentation look amazing and delish.


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