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March 15, 2016

Drumstick Masala – Murungakkai Masala Poriyal Recipe

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drumstick masala
Usually I make drumstick poricha kuzhambu or sambar( Murungakkai in Tamil, Mulakada in Telugu, Nuggekai in Kannada, Muringakka in Malayalam ) whenever I buy this vegetable. But this time I bought drumstick to try some different recipes with it. When I was browsing, I found this South Indian style drumstick masala curry recipe here. Basically I love fry/poriyal recipes made using whole garam masala. So I tried this recipe for our lunch yesterday along with brinjal kara kuzhambu without any second thought. It came out very well. We loved it a lot and got thumbs up from Sendhil. It was a good side dish for dal rice & curd rice. If you like, you can have it with chapathi too. Do try this masala for a change and share your feedback with meHappy.Lets see how to prepare this yummy drumstick masala for rice.
Murungakkai masala

Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe

Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe Drumstick/Murungakkai masala recipe for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Drumstick/Murungakkai - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no ( chop finely)
  • Garlic cloves - 4 nos (-do-)
  • Tomato - 1 no (-do-)
  • G&G paste - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Sugar or jaggery – a pinch
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Water – as needed

  • Wash & chop the drumstick into finger size pieces. Slit it half way till the center.Grind coconut, fennel seeds to a smooth paste adding required water.In a kadai, heat oil & saute cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds. Add onions, curry leaves, g&g paste. Saute until its raw smell goes off. Now add the finely chopped tomato pieces and saute until mushy. Add the drumstick pieces now. Mix well.
Drumstick masala
  • Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, turmeric powder and salt.Saute for a minute and add the required water. Cover & cook the drumstick till its done.
Drumstick masala
Drumstick masala
  • After the drumstick is cooked well, add the ground coconut paste and saute until the masala thickens.Switch off the flame and serve hot with rice!!
Drumstick masala
Drumstick masala
Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder & dhania powder as per your taste.
  • If you like to have it as a gravy, add more water and adjust its consistency. I made it thick like a curry/poriyal.

Try this yummy drumstick masala for rice. It tastes yum !! I served it with Brinjal Kara kuzhambu : ))
Murungakkai masala poriyal

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  1. Its a different recipe with drumsticks ...love to try this soon

  2. They look very tasty chitra. Drumstick lovers will enjoy this.

  3. Tried this today.. It came out so good.. Thanks to you !!!!

  4. Tasted yummy!!! Thanx for posting it


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