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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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