March 13, 2006

Drumstick Sambhar with Karela Crispies

First off my salutations to Dr. Hemant Trivedi. If anyone hasn't visited this site ( I request those people to visit and try his mouthwatering 'Drumstick sambhar'.It is truly an amazing recipe. Secondly I want to thank all food bloggers who have shed light on Dr.Hemant Trivedi and his website.

I chose this recipe as I had drumsticks in my freezer yesterday. What impressed me most about this recipe was about the correct method of preparing Drumstick sambhar which I havent followed so far. This recipe calls for Karnataka/Madras sambhar powder. The recipe for this powder can be obtained from here (

After reading the recipe I couldnt wait to try, but the sad thing was I did not have few ingredients to make the sambhar powder, so I used MTR Sambhar powder and the result was indeed mind blowing.Guys if you make the Karnataka sambhar powder pls do let me know how it came. To go along with the drumstick sambhar I made Kay's No Fry Karela Crispies which was simple,healthy and definitely a time saver.

drumsticks- 3 nos
toor dhal- 1 cup
tomato - 1 med diced
curry leaves - 1 sprig
sambhar powder - 3 tsp(heaped) (MTR Sambhar powder)
chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
fresh jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
jaggery - small piece
coriander/cilantro- 1/4 cup
hing - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 2 tsp
Red chillies - 2
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds -1/4 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp


  1. Cut drumsticks into small pieces about 2" in length.
  2. Soak in water about 30 min.
  3. Drain that dirty water and in another or same clean vessel take 150 ml of water add little salt, little sugar, drumsticks and boil in a med flame till the veggies are 3/4 cooked.
  4. Cook the toor dhal along with hing for 3 whistles and once the cooker cools down take out the dhal and churn the dhal till its very very smooth.
  5. In a microwaveable bowl or plastic container transfer the dhal.
  6. Now add half a sprig of curry leaves, tamarind juice(from lemon sized), little salt and microwave for 5 min.
  7. Now add the 3/4 cooked drumsticks along with the water, chilli powder,turmeric powder,fresh jeera powder, remaining salt and let it simmer for another 2 min.
  8. Add another half sprig of curry leaves and let it simmer in the microwave for another 2 min.
  9. Add sambhar powder and let it simmer for 5 min.
  10. Add diced tomato and freshly cut bunch of coriander and jaggery at the last. Mix well and let it simmer for two minutes.
  11. Temper with red Chillies,mustard, fenugreek,and hing in oil. Add hing finally. Temper the sambar and cover it with a lid immediately.


Sambar must be made at least two hours before you are to serve to self or the guests. The real taste of sambar comes only after two hours of cooking. A very good tip that I have learnt from his website.

I would like to contribute this recipe towards SweetNicks ARF 5 a Day Tuesday.


Kay said...

I'm so glad the Karela crispies came out well and you like it. :) Thanks for trying, BDSN!

And the sambar looks very yummy!

Cate said...

Once I figure out some of the ingredients, I'm definitely trying this. :)

Kitchenmate said...

BDSN: Sambar taste great with drumsticks. I started looking into your blog, after i started my cooking, (surakai sambar and karela fry (sadly remembering dear Kay's karela, only when i started sauting in tawa:(

Luv2cook said...


You said you used the frozen drumsticks, right? Are those the kind that are already chopped? I am confused because you said 3 nos. Also, do the frozen drumsticks need to be cooked for 30 min too since they are partially cooked anyway?

Enlighten me, please...

Ashwini said...

You know that Trivedi is not South Indian (as in Tamilian/ Kannada etc) but grew up there and his passion for the food of that region is amazing. Goes to show that you dont need to be born into a particular place to appreciate its food. Anyway lovely recipe and photo. I adore drumsticks

BDSN said...

Hi L2C
Sorry for the confusion.

Yes I used frozen drumsticks.
The recipe calls for 3 fresh drumsticks.So the formula
1 med fresh drumstick = 3 or 4 chopped frozen drumsticks.
So go ahead and use 9 to 12 frozen drumsticks in total for the recipe and not more than 12.And if you feel the frozen drumsticks are long you can also cut them into half.

As for the cooking time you have to soak the drumsticks in water for 30 min ,and then drain the dirty water and take like 150 ml of water and cook drumsticks till it is 3/4 cooked.

I hope this clear your doubt..

BDSN said...

Kay:Thanks for such a neat recipe..I loved it and hope others too try this simple and healthy dish...

Cate: Pls do try this sambhar becoz i tried two consecutive days and the thing got empty the day it was made..

KitchenMate:So it is surakai sambhar and karela fry in your house.....GOOD FOR U!!! i love drumstick i wish i tried this recipe very much earlier..

Ashwini:Yes I did read about him in his website......He was born in Madras and brought up in Andhra..Thanks for stopping by Ashwini..

Priya said...

the sambar looks yummy ! i should definetely try it,But the frozen drumsticks that i bougth isnt that goo, which brand do buy ? any suggestions.

Luv2cook said...


Thank you for the clarification. I have a pckg. of frozen drumsticks in the freezer. Will try this recipe over the weekend!

BDSN said...

Hi Priya..

The brand that I buy is Deep which hasnt failed me till now..What brand do u buy?

Priya said...

i bought SWAD, its awful.Ill try for Deep next time, the one thing that i miss so much here is fresh drumstick and drumstick keerai :(

sailu said...

Drumstick sambar is one of my favorite dishes.

Annita said...

Wow..thats a great sambar..very new to me..

BDSN said...

Priya: I miss fresh drumstick too..Well if you have a farmers market i think there are chances u can find but iam not sure about that...

Sailu:Yes who wouldn't love drumstick sambhar?U gotta try this..

Annita:Really?? Well thats the beauty of food blogging..u learn new things everyday...

Santhi said...

Regular sambar is good but the best way to make it is with radish and drumsticks. Mouthwateringly delicious.

Kitchenmate said...

I prefer Deep brand too, i tried Swad and Daily Delight, both of them awful, that i stopped buying drumsticks over a period of time.

Annita said...

I got the idea of drumstick from you..Eventhough i did something by myself..the idea was superb..I got gr8 appreciation from my hubby..
Thanks!! And forgot to mention he had 3 courses of rice today..:))

BDSN said...

Santhi:Yes of course!!This recipe can be used for radishes as well...

KM: I think "Deep" is ruling the freezer world in all Indian grocery stores....LOL..

Annita:Thanks for the compliment..But u said u did something by urself..u mean a new recipe?If so pls do post it in ur blog..

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Hemant Trivedi said...

I was looking through the maze of web and I saw that I was being refered to in your blog.
Yes, the drumstick sambar is very tricky and equally tasty.
Go ahead folks and try out other recipes too.

Happy cooking

Hemant Trivedi

BDSN said...

Hello Hemant Trivedi Sir,

I have loved all your recipes. I sure would like to try more recipes in the future.Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

Hemant Trivedi said...


For my latest recipes, please follow my new food blog.

Happy cooking

Hemant Trivedi

BDSN said...

Thanks Sir,

I will surely check out your new recipes blogsite. Thanks for dropping by.


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