August 6, 2013

Munakkada Pesarapappu Sambar Recipe ~ Drumstick Sambar with Moong Dal

If you are looking for more South Indian Sambar recipes then do check mango sambar, amaranth sambar, radish sambar and lobia sambar.

Drumstick Moong Dal Sambar Recipe South Indian Main  
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 4

  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 large Tomato
  • 1 Drumstick
  • 1.5 tbsp - 2 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 - 2 tsp Jaggery, powdered
  • Small lemon size ball Tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Red Chilli Powder as needed
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1/8 tsp Hing
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze well to extract the juice and set aside.
  • Pressure cook the rinsed moong dal for 3 - 4 whistles. Mash the cooked dal and set aside.
  • Wash and cut the drumstick into long pieces. Add the chopped tomato, drumstick pieces and water in a vessel. Cover with a lid and cook until drumstick pieces are tender.
  • Add the mashed dal, tamarind extract, salt, red chilli powder, jaggery, sambar powder and water (adjust to desired consistency) to the cooked drumsticks. 
  • Allow the sambar to boil and thicken.
    • Heat oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them splutter. 
    • Then add the red chilli and hing and stir for a couple of seconds. 
    • Add this to the sambar and combine well.
    • Serve with rice, ven pongal, idli, dosa, vada or even idiyappam.

     You might also like to check these recipes:
    1. Drumstick Rasam
    2. Drumstick Tomato Curry 
    3. Drumstick Coconut Gravy 
    4. Tomato Moong Dal Chutney 
    5. Moong Dal Sundal 
    6. Pesara Poornalu


    1. Ahh, Bliss.. I love drumstick sambar & moong dal one tastes more yummy :)

    2. Fingerlicking sambar, can have it anytime.

    3. Hi Chandana munakkada sambar is always yummy.

    4. Looks yumm and can eat very well with plain rice and ghee...

    5. It has been a while since I had used moong dhal for sambar.. nice click.. looks so flavourful

    6. I love anything with drumstick..very well done...reminds me of my mom's delicious cooking...

    7. Nice clicks and yummy sambhar...

    8. Nice Sambar..whenever I make sambar with moong dal, I used to skip tamarind! Its a unique taste, just try it next time! :)

    9. This looks and sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.


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