02 January 2012

Murunga Kerai Sambar

Wish you all very happy and prosperous new year.. i searched for this keerai quit a while,finally got from the vegetable seller by "on request demand"

The one of the healthy and most tastiest green leaves is Murunga keerai.Dont know how much u ppl like it..But i like the keerai sambar varieties a lot..Specially if it is made with this murunga keerai....Lets check on the healthy note...A teaspoon of drum stick leaves carries 14% of protein,40% of calcium,23% of iron and vitamin A(referred to Wiki theory)
The sambar will be little spicy,little tangy and more yummy...I am sure ,U wont forget to lick ur finger...

Murunga Keerai Sambar
Drumstick Leaves/Murungai Keerai-250 gms
Toor dal-1 plus half cup
Mustard-half tsp
Cumin-1 tsp
Sesame oil-2 tbsp
Red chillies-4-5,remove the stem
Tamarind-half lemon size,soaked in a cup of water
if pulp-1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sambar powder-1 tsp


Clean the leaves and remove the stems(stems will give bitter taste)

I always wash the bunches a day before and keep aside..So that,the keerai will shed the leaves of their own,and you dont have the big job of  doing it..

Saute the mustard,Cumin in oil

When the onion turns translucent ,add the red chillies

Cook the dal with double quantity of water and smash it well

Add the sambar powder and salt to the dal

  Add the keerai to the sauteed onions

And the dal

Bring to boil

Once,the keerai is cooked,add the tamarind water

Keerai sambar is all set to go for a yummy feast...


  1. Awesome. I am a great fan of my mil's murunga kerai sambar. your's reminds me of that. super Yumm.

  2. Wow!! I never knew we could make sambhar out of drumstick leaves! I can almost smell the delicious flavor of sambahr from the pics!! Delicious! Do you know if this is available frozen?

  3. Love the flavor of murungai keerai,sambar looks delish.Happy 2012.

  4. oooh! i really miss muringa elai. we don't get it here. i love this sambar. my fav is the simple muriga ilai dry curry with a little coconut

  5. Super healthy and comforting sambar,just love with papads, Happy new year to u and ur family..

  6. Hi Priya, Happy New Year:-) Murunga Keerai Sambar is so delicious..

  7. murunga keerai sambar is my fav...i love it a lot...i make it in different way,posted earlier...yours look so inviting n nice preparation...

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  8. healthy and delicious sambhar..Happy New year to you and your family.

  9. Sambar looks so inviting. Happy New Year Priya!

  10. very tempting healthy and delicious sambhar...

  11. Looks flavourful and healthy...yummy looking sambar

  12. We do not get murungai keerai here..but I have tasted this sambaar before and liked it a lot.

  13. My fav kulambu ever..Delicious and tempting

  14. very very nice. i really miss the dhall! it is also my comfort food when i was in Malaysia.

  15. எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிச்ச கீரை சாம்பார்.அம்மாவும் இப்படிதான் செய்வாங்க.புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!

  16. I too love Kerai sambar I can have rice with just this dish.Your sambar looks so very tempting.

  17. Thats such a delicious sambar.

    Wishing you a very happy and successful 2012 :-)

  18. Murungai keerai is a powerhouse of iron..Too bad we cannot get it here in US...

  19. Hi Priya,
    Thanks for dropping by and following my blog...following urs too..will go through it leisurely...
    The sambar with drumstick leaves looks so healthy..never tried it.

  20. drumstick leaves are so healthy, but i have never cooked with them.. will try this sambar sometime

  21. Just looking at that murunga keerai makes my mouth water. I hope try it out one day, though it is not available where I love.

  22. delicious sambar..never knew it can be made with sambar leaves too...bookmarking the recipe...

  23. i made tis sambar today,,yumiee..thankQ

  24. hai I saw the murunga keerai sambar recipe. I noted the ingredient. I am going to try it now


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