Mullangi (Radish) Sambar


  • White Radish – 2
  • Tomato -1
  • Thuvar dhal – Half cup
  • Tamarind – small lemon size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • For seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • Half teaspoon mustard
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • Few curry leaves
  • Sambar onion – 4 or 5 cut length wise


  1. Wash thuvar dhal and add two cups of water along with a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook till soft.
  2. Soak tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice.
  3. Cut tomato into medium size pieces. Remove the skin from radish and cut it into thin round pieces. Add water just to cover the radish pieces. Add tomato pieces, salt, sambar powder, turmeric powder and cook on medium flame till the radish is soft. Add tamarind juice and allow to boil. Now add the cooked thuvar dhal mashed well. In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add the mustard. When it pops up, add asafotida, cut onions and curry leaves and fry for a while. Add this to the sambar. Mix well. Remove from stove.


  1. Hi..
    I tried your mulangi saaru receipe y’day and it turned out to be very tastey(even though i used MTR sambar powder)..thank you so much 🙂

  2. Hi Preeti,

    Happy to note that you have tried the sambar and liked it. Moreover, MTR sambar powder is a good one and authentic also.

  3. hi kamala, i don't know if you'll see this comment. when i make this sambar, i feel it's a little too thin — missing body or something. it certainly does not look as thick as your picture. can you specify how much tamarind water you add to the softened radish mixture, and, how much liquid do you let boil off once everything is mixed in? thanks.

  4. Hi agk,

    Thank you for visiting my site. The body of the sambar mostly depends on the type of sambar powder we use. Check my "Sambar powder" recipe. When you first add water to the radish pieces, just add (say about one or one and half cup of water) water which will cover the vegetable. Once it is cooked well, then add tamarind juice (this should be about half to one cup of thick juice). Finally add cooked dhal (it should be of semi liquid consistency). Then you will get perfect sambar. Still you find your sambar watery, then just mis one or two teaspoon of rice flour with little water and add to the boiling sambar. This will thicken the sambar.

  5. Dear Mdm Kamala,
    Thank you very much for sharing with us your recipes. I've tried the radish sambar yesterday and it really turns out very tasty. My family praise me for my cooking. Please do continue to share your recipe with us. I really appreciate them very much. Thank you again!

  6. Hi Zia,

    Thank you for visiting my site. Nice to hear that this sambar turned out tasty.

  7. Hi Kamala,
    Today i tried out radish sambar,it comes so good and tasty too.My 3 year son liked so much and he said superub.Thank for ur receipe.

  8. Hi Aruna,

    Thank you for visiting my site Nice to hear that this sambar turned out well. Making kids like the dish is very important and happy to note your 3 year old kid liked it.

  9. Hi Kamala
    I'm new to cooking. This is the first time i tried sambar. Thanks to your recipe, it came out very well. It tasted yummy with steaming rice and ghee. Most importantly the ingredients you listed are readily available at home. Thank you very much once again.

  10. Hi Roo,

    Thank you for visiting my site. Nice to hear that you tried this sambar and came out well.

  11. Hi Kamala,
    I love your recipes. I just made radish sambar, which turned really well. I am south Indian, but never learned to cook it. Your recipes are amazing, and turn out almost like my moms. Thanks for posting. Your are awesome.

  12. Hi Jayanti,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

  13. Can we prepare this sambar with someother vegetables as well?

  14. Aarthi Inbarajan

    Thanks Kamala,
    I use your site as a staple for inspiration to cook dinner or try new vegetarian dishes. I like the simplicity of your recipes and the way you present them. I made radish sambar for the first time following your recipe. thanks for sharing.

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