Sunday, December 29, 2013

Turnip Murungaikai Sambar

#TurnipMurungaikaiSambar #TurnipDrumstickSambar : After a long time I bought Turnip from market. It tastes just like radish ( mullangi ) and looks like beetroot but the color.
I made sambar using turnip yesterday. The sambar taste was as good as mullangi sambar. Here is the method of preparation. The ingredients are enough to prepare approximately 2 Cups of sambar.

Turnip
Ingredients :
cooked thuvar dhal                         : 3 tblsp
tamarind                                          : 1 small nellikkai ( amla ) size
Turnip                                             : 1 medium size
Murungaikai ( Drumstick )
Carrot                                               : 1/2 of small size ( optional )
Broad beans                                                    : 4 ( optional )
Tomato                                             : 1 small size ( optional )
Murungai keerai
( drumstick leaves )                          : small amount ( optional )
Small onion                                        : 6 to 8

small onion [ shallots ]

Green chilly                                        : 2
Curry leaves                                       : 8 to 10
Coriander leaves                              : small amount to garnish
sambar powder                                               : 2 tsp ( adjust )
Coriander powder                            : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder                              : a pinch
Salt                                                    : 2 tsp ( adjust )
Mustard seeds                                : 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida                                        : 1/4 tsp
Oil                                                      : 1 tsp

Method :
Soak tamarind in warm water half an hour before start making sambar.
Peel off onions and split green chillies lengthwise.


Cut tomato into 8 equal pieces.
Wash curry leaves & coriander leaves and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Peel off skin of turnip and cut into pieces of equal thickness .


Take cooked dhal in a small cooker / pressure pan and mash with a ladle or potato masher adding one cup of water.
Add turnip and pressure cook for one whistle.
Immediately release steam and open the lid.
Add turmeric powder, sambar powder , coriander powder and keep on medium flame.
Keep a kadai with a tsp of oil on another burner.
First splutter mustard seeds then add asafoetida, curry leaves, split green chilly and finally onion in the order. Saute till you get nice aroma of onions.
Then add tomatoes and saute for a minute.
Transfer into boiling dhal with turnip.
Add cut pieces of carrot, drumstick, broad beans and salt.

Squeeze tamarind and strain the juice into boiling sambar.

Close the lid and pressure cook for a whistle.
Transfer prepared sambar into a serving bowl after the pressure has completely subsided.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Turnip Sambar

Take hot white rice in a plate. Pour a ladle full of sambar and add 2 or 3 drops of ghee. Mix well with hand by giving little pressure and enjoy with any curry , koottu and a papad.
mm...ah! .. wah!...  whoever had it will surely ask for one more serving!!

Sambar is a very good side dish for Paruppu rice and also for rice mixed with Paruppu podi, Milagu podi, etc.,....



You may also like to try these other sambar varieties
Mullangi Sambar [ Radish sambar ] Vilampazham Sambar [ Woodapple sambar ] Peerkangai Chutney [ Ridge gourd chutney ]