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
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!
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.