Wednesday, March 11, 2020



With the advent of summer, a vegetable that becomes popular is drumsticks. It can be used by itself or in combination with other vegetables.  Besides, it is well-established that drumsticks have several health benefits. It is said that drumsticks can play a part in reducing blood sugar levels. The stem, pods, leaves and flowers are all known to be therapeutic in nature having medicinal properties.

Drumsticks have universal appeal in India and you will find recipes from different parts of the country. Elsewhere in this blog you will find other recipes using drumsticks such as:-
Today's recipe is adapted from Drumstick Masala by Chef Ruchi of Rajshri Foods. I liked the video on YouTube and decided to make it myself.

We enjoyed this side dish very much and would recommend this to you without any hesitation.

  • Drumsticks, 2
  • Gram Flour, (Besan), 3 tbsp
  • Groundnuts, 3 tbsp
  • Grated Copra or Coconut Gratings,3 tbsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder, 1/2 tsp 
  • Asafoetida, 1/4 tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala, 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery, grated, 1 tsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped, for garnish 
For Seasoning :- 
  • Oil, 1 tbsp 
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida, 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 

Wash the drumsticks and pat them dry
Snip off the two ends and lightly scrape the drumsticks and cut them into 2" pieces
Slit the drumstick pieces without breaking them
Place the drumstick pieces in a steamer and steam them for about 5-6 minutes or till they get done
Remove from the steamer and allow it to cool

In a pan dry roast the groundnuts for  2-3 minutes on medium heat
Allow it to cool, remove the skin and coarsely grind the groundnuts
In the same pan dry roast the besan on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes till it gives off a good aroma and allow it to cool

Mix together in a large bowl the coarsely ground groundnuts, roasted besan, grated copra or coconut gratings, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, Kitchen King masala and grated jaggery.
To this add 1 tbsp of oil and mix well once again
This forms the mixture for the stuffing

Take each of the steamed drumsticks and stuff the mixture prepared into the slits
Heat oil in a thick bottomed wide kadhai and on medium heat add the cumin seeds
When they sizzle add the asafoetida and the curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds
To this add the stuffed drumsticks one by one
Saute the drumsticks for a few seconds and add the remaining masala
Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes on medium heat till the masala gets well blended with the drumsticks
Add 1/2 cup- 1 cup of water, mix, cover the kadhai and cook for 3-5 minutes or till the excess water evaporates
Lastly, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Serve Drumstick Masala as a side dish

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