Curries, Indian, Side dish for idli,dosa

Drumstick sambar (no coconut)

I learnt  this method of making sambar from my good friend Sara. When we had guest for lunch, Sara told me to try this and it was highly appreciated by our guest. Ingredients for this is as same as any sambar but only the method differs. You try this and definitely see the change in taste.

Drumstick Sambar (no coconut)



Toor dal – 1 cup

Drumstick – 2 chopped small pieces

Onion – 1 medium sized chopped

Tomato – 1 chopped

Tamarind – small lemon sized

Green chillies – 2 cut lenghwise

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Sambar powder – 3 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Methi seeds – less than 1/4tsp

Salt – as required

To temper

Oil – 2 tsp

Ghee – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Jeera – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves –  few

Coriander leaves – few


  • Cook toor  dal till mushy. Keep aside.
  • Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup water.
  • Heat 1tsp of oil in a pan add methi seeds.
  • When it turns brown add onions, green chillies and saute.
  • When onion turns golden add drumstick, cover and cook for a minute.
  • Add tomatoes,turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sambar powder and asafoetida.
  • Stir well and cook until tomatoes turn mushy.( If needed add little water)
  • Add cooked toor dal along with required water. Let it boil thoroughly.
  • When veggies cooked add tamarind extract. Add salt and let it boil till raw smell goes. Switch off.
  • Heat oil and ghee in another pan. Temper all the ingredients under ‘to temper’ and add to the sambar.
  • Cover it for few minutes. Serve hot with rice, idli, dosa.




Drumstick Sambar (no coconut)



  1. You can add  any veggies you like.
  2. You can add 1/2 cup toor dal and 1/2 cup masoor dal.
  3. Adjust spice level according to your taste.


  1. Looks delicious! My mother-in-law always tells me that a sambar is not a sambar unless you have few drumsticks thrown in. Lovely recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, ya I agree with your mom in law?

  2. We prepare this when time is pressing and when we can’t prepare the araichuvitta sambar. Another trick is you can just grind sambar podi and coconut to give the touch of arichuvitta sambar. 😉 Love the new theme.

    1. Thank you Vidhya, that’s a nice tip.. I personally like that arachuvitta sambar?

  3. This sounds very tasty.?

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  5. Exactly the way I cook sambar! Love it 🙂

    1. Really?.. glad to know that you cook the same way??.. Thank you?

  6. Such a healthy dish esp during winters

  7. Mini

    Looks so good. After reading this, I am now craving for sambhar along with a dosa. :p

    1. Thank you so much for such beautiful words ?

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