Thursday, August 13, 2009

Murungakkai masala poriyal

Drumstick is a very common vegetable in India. That too in the southern India, we cannot see a home garden without the drumstick tree. All the parts of the tree are of medicinal value. More over who can deny the taste of the sambar and curry made out of those freshly plucked drumsticks. So it is the favorite tree for many Indian housewives.Here I should mention, if we go on plucking the leaves of the tree it will not yield much drumsticks during the season. So it is a good idea to grow another tree also for our 'keerai' (greens) purpose.

Back home, my mom grew a big drumstick tree for our vegetable need and one small tree to reap the greens:) .
Even now the trees are serving the neighborhood along with some tales on mom's gardening and cooking skills.
Yeah, that is the gift we get by planting trees.....

During my 8 th standard summer vacation, Mom taught me to prepare this murungakkai masala koottu as my first dish....though I cannot tell u about my improper shaped hard dosas:) .Slowly I learned more dishes during that vacation .
I remember me announcing occasional kitchen holidays for mom from bed coffee to night dinner without allowing her to enter the kitchen, though everyone other than mom described those food as harassment:)

Shama's 'First cooked food' inspired me to cook this murungakkai masala and I am sending this to her event. Moreover this is my favorite side dish too.

Drumstick masala fry / murungakkai curry masala koottu


Drumstick - 3 (choose green, flexible and succulent ones)
salt - to taste (1/4 tsp)
curry leaf - 1 sprig
fennel - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
coriander powder - 3 tsp
Red chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
oil - 1 tsp
To grind:
Onion - 1/2
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
cumin - 1/2 tsp

Cut the drumstick into 3 inch long pieces and slightly slit in one end.
Grind the items given to a coarse paste.
Heat oil in a wok.
Add fennel seed and let it get red. Now put the curry leaf.
Then add the drumstick pieces along with all the powders and masala paste.
Add salt , 1 cup water and cook covered till it becomes tender .
The curry should be like a very thick / dry gravy.
Drumstick masala is ready!

Serving suggestions:

Serve as side dish with sambar / rasam / curd rice .

How to eat drumstick ?
Gently scoop out the fleshy part with small spoon / fork and eat.
If in home feel free to scoop with hand and chew them gently without swallowing the outer skin. That is the real way to enjoy murungakkai:)
It is a very common dish in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin of TN , India.


Chow and Chatter said...

this is one to save to cook later love drumstick when we went to the village in south india his Aunt had a tree I buy it frozen alot here, just put in sambar but this is cool

chakhlere said...

Masala looks yummy...although I am not a big fan of drumsticks.!!

Pavithra said...

Wow this is really mouthwatering dish.. loved both the masala as well as i love drumstick both together wow yummy

Anonymous said...

Nice recipe!
Looks sooo tasty!

Anonymous said...

Viki,I love murigayila more..(leaves)They are so tempting and we make it in different styles at home..and the flower taste heavanly..ho,you made me homesick da..jus want some of them to way..

your poriyal looks you were baptised as a cook at 8th std.hats off to your mom...say my love to her..


Anu said...

Viki this is really mouthwatering dish..
Looks delicious and yummy... I love drumstick so much.... Nice one...

Padma said...

Looks so delicious Viki :)

Smitha said...

never had poriyal with drumsticks.
Nice recipe Viki.

Priya said...

Delicious drumstick masala curry looks yumm!

Divya Vikram said...

This reminds of the drumstick tree in our house in my native. Looks too good.

Aysha said...

Hey I love drumsticks but know very few recipes using it...Thanks for sharing Viki...Yummy recipe...

ganga said...

nice recipe Viki..thanks..

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely one dear...looks yummy


Nice recipe,I rarely buy this,but love to eat:)

Nandini said...

Every week our shopping list never ends without murungakkai. Looks tempting and lovely!
Due to personal reasons I had to shut down my blog. Sorry about that.

Subhie Arun said...

looks yummy.. i neva ever tried masala drumstick...urs looks too tempting..and new to me..will try soon whenever i got dstick!

Parita said...

Delicious gravy viki, never tried drumsticks in this style, will surely try out!

Vijitha Shyam said...

yummy murungakkai masala. Oh chewing till the last piece is the most cherishing part of a meal with drumstick. Yummy curry viki! looks so good.

Anonymous said...

Drumstick masala curry sounds fantastic!

Jyoti V said...


First time at your blog...nice work...keep going...
Loved the drumstic and masala cobination.

indosungod said...

This drumstick masala is delicious. Drumstick is a big favorite of mine. This was a regular in our home while we were growing up.

Humaira said...

This looks soo yummy. I put drumsticks in dal too.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

never tried this but looks delicious..den i need a help from you.. wen i was in hostel(coimbatore), we used to get a dish,"pulikulambu"..i hope the pronoun cation is correct....if you knw how to make it, upload it for me plzz..for me this is the time wen ladies will feel to have emli dishes/puli dished.. :)

Swapna said...

Great recipe :)