Drumstick Sambar / Nuggekai sambar

Drumstick Sambar / Nuggekai sambar

Drumstick Sambar / Nuggekai sambar

Drumstick sambar is simple South Indian favourite sambar recipe made with toor dal and drumsticks. It’s the most popular sambar recipe served for both rice and also any breakfast recipes.

There are many ways to make this sambar recipe. I have used drumsticks with a blend of spice masala.

Drumstick Sambar is so delicious, flavourful & easy to make when you have some drumsticks in hand.

Sambar – The most essential South Indian dish and a basic lenthil soup. In recent days I have been getting many requests to post the step by step method of how to make basic sambar.


* Toor dal – 1cup
* Drumstick – 2 , chopped
* Coconut – 1/2 cup , Freshly grated or chopped
* Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
* Sambar powder – 2 tbsp
* Tamarind extract – 1/3 cup
* Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
* Coriander leaves
* Salt to taste
* Oil – 1tsp
* Mustard seeds
* Curry leaves
* Dry red chilli – 1
* Asafoetida


1. Add toor dal to a pressure cooker. Wash it well a few times and pressure cook with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water. If cooking directly cook for 2 whistles. Drumstick sambar
2. When the pressure cook releases naturally, remove the cooked dal and mash it well with a laddle.
3. Soak tamarind in half cup of hot water, when it cools down squeeze and set aside.
4. Now ground paste for sambar, to a mixer add chopped or grated fresh coconut, cumin seeds, turmeric powder.Drumstick sambar
5. Pour 2-3 cups of water in a pot and add all the chopped drumsticks, sambar powder and pinch of salt.Drumstick sambar
6. When the drumsticks are half cooked add the ground paste, tamarind juice and pour dal to the sambar. Mix well.Drumstick sambar
7. Boil it in medium flame for 5-10min and switch off the flame.Drumstick sambar


On another burner add oil or ghee to a small pan and heat it. When the oil becomes hot add mustard seeds. when they crackle add red chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida.

Pour this tampering over the drumstick sambar. Serve drumstick sambar with steamed rice and enjoy. 🤗Drumstick sambar


* Tampering at the last stage retains the flavour of the tampering for a long time.
* Smells and taste good for 2days if refrigerated.
* Boil well till the raw smell of the veggie and switch off according to the thick consistency you prefer.
* Fresh coconut will add different taste and texture. If you don’t have fresh coconut you can just skip it but do not use desiccated coconut as it alters the flavour.
* For the best taste use tender drumsticks.

Drumstick sambar

Let me know if you guys try and enjoy it. Would love to hear feedback from you all on this. If you try please or kindly post ur comment below in comment section or post it with due courtesy in Instagram. It will be really helpful for me and happy to see your feedbacks

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