Friday, April 1, 2011

Mullangi Sambar(Radish Stew)

Sambar is a stew  made with vegetables, cooked split pigeon peas, tamarind extract and spices. This is  a very common South Indian(Asian) side dish and is normally served with rice or Idli (Steamed Rice & Lentil Dumplings) or Dosai(Savory Rice & Lentil Pancakes).  Or you can just have it as soup, very filling, flavorful and nutritious dish. You can add any single vegetable or mixed vegetables to this stew. I make them quite often with radish because of their nutrition profile. Radishes are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, riboflavin , vitamin B6, Calcium and Magnesium.

Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time - 20 Minutes
Serves - 4


Small Red Globe Radish - 1 pack

Cooked Thoor Dal - 1 1/2 Cups (Cooked and mashed)

Water - 4 Cups

Tamarind - small lemon sized ball or a big goose berry sized ball( soak them in little bit of water, once it softens, adding 1/2 cup of water each time squeeze out the juice for 3 times and keep it aside. After soaking, take the softened tamarind and the top portion of the juice alone as you might notice little bit of sediments getting deposited in the bottom).

Sambar Powder - 1 1/2 Tsp or to your taste based on the spiciness of your choice

Salt - 1 1/2 Tsp or to taste

Rice Flour - 1 1/2 Tsp made to a thick paste by adding a Table spoon of water

Onion - 1


Coconut Oil - 2 Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Asafoetida - 1 small piece or 1/4 Tsp (For gluten free avoid this)
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 Tsp
Green Chili - 2 to 3


1) Wash, rinse and  slice the radish into thin slices.

2) Add 3/4 tsp of salt and 1 cup of water little well above the surface of the radish and boil for few minutes. (5-7 minutes)

3) Once it is half cooked, add the remaining salt, sambar powder and squeezed out tamarind extract and boil till the raw smell of tamarind is gone.(8-10 minutes)

4) Heat another small pan add the oil and once this is hot add the mustard seeds, asafoetida piece or powder. After the mustard seeds stop spluttering add  fenugreek seeds, green chili and once the fenugreek seeds slightly brown add it to the boiling tamarind juice.

5) Now add the mashed  thoor dal, rice paste and the remaining water and simmer for 5 minutes and then switch off.

7) Serve this with cooked quinoa or rice and enjoy.

Note - I like my sambar to be little thick like a stew, if you want it to be thin add more water and accordingly adjust your salt and spiciness at stage 3.

Event Participation

1) This goes to MLLA-34 hosted by Desi Soccer Mom an event started by Susan.

2) This goes to Cooking with Whole Foods - Toor Dal hosted by Veggie Platter an event started by Kiran



Vimitha Anand said...

Would love it with dosas and radish is very healthy too... This is one of my must dishes in the weekends

Ila said...

yummy and tempting radish stew :) looks delicious and awesome :)

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Nice delicious sambar...

Swathi said...

I make mullangi sambar most of time. this one looks dleicious.

Valar Siva said...

Love Mullangi sambar with Idly and dosa.. Looks delicious!!


Reshmi said...


I'm loving your blog.. Delicious and healthy recipes.. gr8 job!! love to follow u..

Priya said...

Give me some rice, will definitely that delicious sambar rite fav sambar..

Satya Chaitanya said...

yummy radish sambar .... very healthy and delicious tooo

aipi said...

Nice n hearty stew- perfect for a light dinner!

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Perfect stew....healthy too...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Healthy sambar,luks delicious...

Prathima Rao said...

Looks delicious,...Love the addition of rice flour to get the right consistency..
Prathima Rao
Prats corner

Gulmohar said...

Loved that thick sambar. Never thought of adding rice flour to make it thicken..Great tip ,Sadhana :-)

Miriam said...

I have never had this before. Look forward to making it! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Malar Gandhi said...

Delicious, simply irresistible sambar

Sneha Benny said...

I came across your blog through The Kerala Kitchen. I have never tried adding rice flour to sambhar. will definitely try it out. Happy to follow you.


Raksha said...

nice clicks, thanks for visiting my space :)

Nava.K said...

Its so lovely and you have great photography skills, the sambar is awesome, can sort of get the fragrant from here.

Suma Gandlur said...

The sambhar looks so delectable. Thanks for sending it over to my event.

shankar said...

I will try with red radish. Have been using icicle radish. I had thrown in some baby potatoes as an extra.

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