Friday, May 6, 2011

Drumstick in thick coconut gravy

The name drumstick owes to the triangular, long seed-pods of Genus Moringa. Huh?!? I am not convinced with this etymology, but who am I to say! What I am proud of is we call it muringakay which is definitely closer to the scientific name Moringa. Full points to the Indian name of this vegetable!

Drumstick Curry

Drumstick in coconut gravy

Did you know that the drumstick tree is said to be one of the most useful trees on earth? Surprised? Me too! Wikipedia says “It is considered one of the world’s most useful trees, as almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food or has some other beneficial property.” This is phenomenal. So, let’s not waste any more time, but jump straight in- to learning how to cook this vegetable.

Drumsticks in Coconut gravy

This curry is generally made with drumsticks and mango, where mango gives the tartness.  I did not have any handy, so decided to make it without, and what do you know – not bad!   Obviously the tartness is missing, but the addition of jeera, and a generous amount of cloves, packs the curry with enough flavor. A mango pickle to go with it will be perfect. 

Rice and drumstick curry

Drumsticks – 14, 2-inch pieces
Thai Green Chilies – 4
Turmeric – 1/2 tspn
Chili Powder - 1/2 tspn

For Grinding
Coconut – 1 cup
Jeera – 1 tspn
Garlic Cloves - 4

Coconut oil – 2 Tbspn
Shallots – 3
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Dry red chilies – 2 broken into 4 pieces

1. Cook drumsticks in 1 cup or enough water to immerse them together with turmeric, ¼ tspn salt and green chilies. Cooked to done but not falling apart. That will be about 10 minutes. Note that I have used frozen drumsticks.
2. Grind coconut, jeera and garlic cloves to a fine paste, and add to the cooked drumsticks. Use water to make a thin or thick gravy to your preference. Take the pan off the heat as soon as the curry heats through. Check for salt and add to taste.
3. Heat coconut oil in a small pan splutter the mustard. Follow it with shallots, red chilies, and curry leaves, and pour over the curry.

Serves: 4
Serve with rice.


  1. Absolutely love that plate with rice and this gravy on top :)

  2. Woweee..looks absolutley the thick gravy.

  3. Lovely Murungai Curry. In tamilnadu, there is a belief that its an aphrodisiac! Its always the veggie that goes by the name "Murugakkai for Moods" lol ('A' joke!)

  4. this curry brings back memories!....LOOKS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

  5. hoooo..enikku ithu kandittu sahikkunilla chechi!!!! adipoli!!nalla colorum..

  6. Curry looks so good n nice recipe ...

  7. Adipoli, muringkka kittan illa. kittyual appol try cheyam.

  8. ohhh..makes me drool...authentic n delicious recipe..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Omg so delicious gravy,very temping with the drumstick and coconut combo...yummy.

  10. Coconut and drumstick combination is always best...looks very inviting

  11. i have almost always used drumstick as an extra ingredient, never as a main the idea....the snaps look gorgeous...

  12. Looks super delicious, what a beautiful click the simple drumstick gravy looks like a master piece.

  13. wowww.. kandittu aa plate chorum kariyum kazhikkan thonnunnu.. :) too tempting clicks.. :)

  14. Highly addictive and creamy gravy,looks fantastic..

  15. So tempting..feel like coming over for lunch:) Beautiful clicks. An award awaits you at my blog.

  16. That tea towel is soo prettyyyy...
    i am not a big muringa fan but i love all the other things tht go into it n mayb add prawns.. :)

  17. wow love drumsticks I remember seeing a tree in the village in India so cool

  18. The colors are just soo attractive,..this is one dish i would love to make for my Mom-in-law!!! It has all her fav ingredients!!

  19. Curry looks too good and inviting. Great preparation.

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  20. never heard of this... looks great.. new to this place and simply love it... awesome shots...

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  21. yumm, i love drumsticks,delicious looking gravy

  22. A delightful combo of coconut and drumstick! Lovely click.

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  23. mouthwatering! i miss eating drumstick curry looks amazing!

  24. what a beautiful colored gravy - and flavorful too with the incredible aroma of the drumsticks :) in short, total yum :)

  25. The color of the gravy is so appetizing ~ a heavenly combo of drumsticks n coconut!
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  26. Love that last pic..mmm..makes me hungry...


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