Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Drumstick Gravy Recipe-Murungaikkai Masala-Thakkali Murungaikkai Curry

Moringa tree can be called the "Miracle tree" as moringa  (drumstick tree leaves) leaves contain more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants. It is the most nutrient rich plant discovered to date. Drumsticks and drumstick leaves are the best source of antioxidants. I have 2 drumstick trees which provides me with plenty of drumsticks. In spite of distributing it, I keep getting drumsticks almost everyday this season. If I make murungakkai sambar, I can at the most use 2 or 3 drumsticks, so I made this gravy for which I used more than 6 drumsticks. Drumstick tree leaves and drumsticks strengthens the immune system, has anti ageing and anti inflammatory properties, increases milk production in lactating mothers, provides nourishment to eyes and brain, promotes normal functioning of the kidneys etc - the list goes on and on.  No doubt drumsticks and drumstick leaves are a "Super Food" loaded with antioxidants and many nutrients. Today we will learn how to make drumstick tomato masala (gravy) following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

drumstick gravy-murungaikkai gravy

Drumstick Gravy-Murungaikkai in Tomato Gravy

Drumstick Gravy

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Drumsticks
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Drumstick pieces - 35 (2 inch pieces)
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Tomato - 1/2 cup chopped
   Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
   Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
   Garlic - 3-4 cloves chopped
   Green chilli - 2 slit
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Sambar powder - 2 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)

   For Grinding

   Grated coconut - 1/3 cup

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped

Harvest from my Garden - Drumsticks, lady's finger and plantain flower (vazhaipoo).

harvest from kitchen garden


Wash and cut drumsticks into 3 inch pieces.

Cut onions lengthwise and chop 1/2 cup tomatoes. Chop garlic and ginger. Grind coconut to a fine paste adding little water.

Keep all the ingredients ready.

murungaikkai masala

Cook drumsticks in water (add just enough water to cover the drumsticks) with salt and turmeric powder. When you press the drumstick with a spatula, it should open as shown below. That is the correct stage to switch off the heat.

cooking drumsticks


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds,  when it splutters, add hing, curry leaves, onion, green chilli, ginger and garlic.

Saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and saute for a few more minutes.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes.

adding tomatoes

Add tomato puree, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt needed and cook until the raw smell of the tomato puree goes.

drumstick gravy recipe

Add the cooked drumsticks, a cup of water and boil.

drumstick in tomato gravy

When it starts boiling, add the coconut paste, simmer and cook until everything gets blended well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chapati. You can adjust the consistency of the gravy as desired.

Drumstick Masala Curry

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  1. Hi Padhu,

    Can you please start a series of easy to make 10-15 minute recipes that are 1-pot, high on nutrition and do not sacrifice taste? It would be very helpful for people on the go who do not like outside food and do not have a lot of time. Will look forward to it.

    1. Padhuskitchen already has many recipes and one pot meals which can be made in just 15 minutes. Do check my recipe index also.

    2. Thanks Padhu! I always check out your recipes before starting dinner :) and I almost always use one of them:)

    3. We are preparing this today mam...last time it was awesome

  2. Hi.. all the recipe that is in your site is superb, I keep trying out different things,and love it, thank you for the easy recipes:-) please keep up the great work, thanks again...

  3. Hi..what is tomato puree means?...PRAVEEN, PUNE

    1. Just grind the raw tomatoes. In this recipe I have just used the juice of raw tomatoes.

  4. Whether drumstick can absorb all spices 'coz it cooked separately that's y I'm asking

    1. After adding the drumsticks we will be simmering the gravy for a few minutes.That is enough.

  5. Hi Padhu, thanks for all your recipes. They make cooking so easy and its fun to have my MIL guessing as to where i have managed to get these Tamilian based recipes when i have never cooked any of these!!!


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