Monday, February 19, 2018



In Konkani and Maharashtrian cuisine, we often use Drumsticks which are a good source of calcium, iron and vitamins apart from having other health benefits. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Potato & Drumstick Upkari,  Drumsticks Pithla, and Magge and Mashingasaang Koddel. 

Today's recipe is for a side dish made with drumsticks paired with brinjals (eggplants) and moong dal curry. I have adapted this from Drumstick, Brinjal & Moong Dal Curry video by the well-known Chef Sanjay Thumma in his cookery channel, Vah Chef.

As you know, there are different types of brinjals. I have used the purple ones as shown in the picture below. Adding of moong dal is optional but I would recommend using this as it adds to the nutritional value of the dish. I have used only 1 green chilli instead of 3 recommended in the original recipe.


  • Drumsticks, 2
  • Brinjals, 3 or about 150 grams
  • Moong Dal, 1/4 cup 
  • Onion, 1
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato, medium-sized, 1
  • Green Chilli, 1
  • Coriander Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1-2 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp

Wash, scrape and cut the drumsticks into 1" pieces
Wash and slice the brinjals into bite size pieces. Immerse them in water to avoid discolouration.
Soak the moong dal in adequate water for  about  2 hours
Slice the onion
Wash and slice the tomato.
Slit the green chilli and chop the coriander leaves

Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and when it gets hot add sliced onion and a little salt and saute for 2 minutes till the onions turn translucent 
Then add turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, and the drumstick pieces. Mix well
To this add the sliced brinjals and salt to taste. Adjust the salt keeping in mind that a little has been added to the onions earlier.
Cover and cook on low flame for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time
After about 4 minutes, add the sliced tomato, slit green chilli, coriander powder, and chilli powder, 
Mix well and cook covered till the tomato gets cooked and becomes mushy
Now add the soaked moong dal, chopped coriander leaves, mix well and cook covered on medium heat till the moong dal is fully cooked
Switch off the gas and transfer to serving bowl
Serve with rotis etc

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