Monday, May 28, 2012

Murungakka (Drumstick) Sambar (Lentil Stew)


As said previously (Murungakka Fish Curry), murungakka definitely is a favourite add-on for sambar or Indian lentil based vegetable stew. Still, sambar can also be made with other types of vegetables - brinjal, okra, carrot, radish, long beans and pumpkin. Obviously, I cook sambar quite often (Spinach Sambar, Sambar/Indian Dhal Curry and Fish Sambar) which is a must for an Indian family, but each time, I try with different veggies. Today, it is back to the ever classic - murungakka cooked with dhal and elevated with spices.
Ingredients
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 tsbp 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

Method
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. 
Add 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 oil and temper cumin and mustard seeds.
Add into lentil mixture with coriander leaves.
Stir and remove from heat.
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22 comments:

  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.....

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  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.

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

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

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

    Ridwan

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  6. looks very delicious..wonderful recipe!
    Spicy-Aroma

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  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!

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

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  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:)

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

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

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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  15. This is an exceptional content, and I can agree with what was written here. I will be back to check out more of your articles soon. Thanks

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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!

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  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!!

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

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