Monday 18 November 2013

Drumstick Leaves / Murungai Keerai Sambar /முருங்கை கீரை சாம்பார்

This is my mother's style sambar preparation using drumstick leaves; this goes well with rice paired with any stir fry or even with pappad!

Drumstick leaves are rich in vitamins & minerals especially high in protein, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C; try and include this in your diet for a healthy living.


Toor Dahl / Tuvar Dhal / Thuvaram paruppu) - ½ cup
Drumstick leaves - 1 big bunch
Big Onion - 1 / Small onion - 10 (Chopped)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - to taste

To Grind:
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Pepper- tsp- ½ tsp
Cumin seeds- ½ tsp

To Temper:
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Urad dhal - ¾ tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ¼ tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig (optional)
Red chillies - 2


Pre- preparations:

Separate the leaves from the stalks and wash the leaves.

Drain it completely and keep aside.

Soak the tamarind in a cup of water.  After sometime squeeze and extract the juice; keep it aside.

Wash toor dhal and pressure cook adding water along with turmeric powder and asafoetida till it becomes soft. 

Once the pressure releases; open the lid and mash with the laddle and keep aside.

Grind coconut, pepper and cumin seed with little water to fine paste. Keep aside.

Cooking Procedure:

Heat oil in a kadai and season with mustard seeds; once it splutters add the remaining ingredients 'To Temper', one by one.

Once it is done; add small onions and tomatoes with little salt; fry till tomatoes become soft.

Now add the tamarind water, cooked dhal, sambar powder along with a cup of water.  Mix and allow to boil.

Once it starts boiling, add the grounded paste; mix and allow to cook till it becomes thick in consistency.

At last add drumstick leaves and cook for 5 minutes; switch of the gas.


You may adjust the water quantity and spice level to suit your taste. 

Your healthy drumstick leaves sambar is ready to serve.


  1. நாங்களும் கீரை சாம்பார் செய்வோம், நீங்கள் தேங்காய் அரைத்து ஊற்றியது போல் செய்ததில்லை.அருமை!!

  2. Very comforting and healthy keerai sambar dear...

  3. Lovely sambar......must try..

  4. Very healthy and yummy dish. Love the combo.

  5. kalakureenga poorni,,, feel like having it right away,, should try this receipe for sure, this weekend.

  6. Thank you friends for the lovey comments.

  7. Really good and healthy dish .I should muscat where should I get this leaf.can u tell me pls.

  8. Nandhini thank you for visiting my space. You can check near siva temple; i saw people selling the leaves there otherwise from any other house or roadside!.

  9. love this sambhar....very flavorful and healthy.........

  10. I tried this sambhar and came out very tasty. Only thing I would change is, pressure cook drumstick leaves along with toor dal next time. I felt it a lil raw.


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