Symphony Sambar – Drumstick & Brinjal

“Bringing the beat to your plate: Drumstick and Brinjal Sambar – a symphony of flavors!”


  • 1 cup toor dal (pigeon peas)
  • 2 drumsticks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large brinjal (eggplant), diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sambar powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Cooking Dal:
  • Wash the toor dal thoroughly and pressure cook with enough water until soft and mushy. Mash the cooked dal and set aside.
  1. Preparing Vegetables:
  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, and asafoetida. Sauté for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Add chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Add curry leaves and sauté for another minute.
  • Add diced brinjal and drumsticks. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until they are partially cooked.
  1. Making Sambar:
  • Add chopped tomatoes to the pot and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add sambar powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  • Pour in the tamarind paste and mix well. Add salt according to taste.
  • Pour in enough water to cover the vegetables and bring the mixture to a boil.
  1. Finalizing:
  • Once the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are completely cooked and flavors meld together.
  • Add the mashed dal to the pot and mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding more water if required.
  • Simmer for another 5-7 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Your Drumstick and Brinjal Sambar is ready to be served hot with steamed rice or as a side dish for idli or dosa. Enjoy your meal!

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