Thursday 12 April 2012

Drumstick Masala / Murungakkai Masala

Drumstick masala is a famous food recipe of  Tamil Nadu, in India. It is so tasty and spicy and can be accompanied as a side-dish with Sambar rice, Rasam rice and Curd rice. Drumstick is rich in Calcium, Vitamin C and other nutrients. The leaves have been known to be good for lactating mothers. This particular drumstick masala/murungakkai masala is a tasty recipe that  my Mom makes very often. It is a very simple side-dish and easy to cook recipe, yet very juicy and delicious.


(Serves 4 people)
  1. Drumstick - 2 
  2. Pearl Onions - 2 (or) Big onions - 1/2
  3. Grated coconut - 5 spoons (or) Coconut pieces - 3 (or) 4 (1 inch long)
  4. Dry Red chillies - 3-4 (or) Red chilli powder - 1 spoon (if you want it more spicy add extra red chillies or powder)
  5. Turmeric powder - A pinch 
  6. Cumin seeds - 2 spoons 
  7. Mustard seeds - 1/4 spoon 
  8. Salt
  9. Oil - 2 spoons


  • Wash drumsticks well and chop them lengthwise, 3 inches long. Remove the strings as you chop them.
  • Make a masala paste of the following ingredients;
      • Grated coconut + Red chillies/Red chilli powder + Cumin seeds
  • In a fry pan add oil, after it heats up splutter mustard seeds.
  • Now add chopped onions and saute for a minute.
  • Then add the prepared masala paste, turmeric powder and salt, stir well.
  • Add a cup of water and mix well.
  • After the water starts boiling add the chopped drumstick, stir well and close the pan with a lid.
  • Cook on a low flame for 10 minutes, by stirring occasionally. 
  • Cook until the water content reduces and the masala gets a thick consistency.
  • Remove from flame and Serve!!
TIP 1: You can also add coconut milk and prepare the masala. Add a cup of coconut milk at last and cook for another 3 minutes on medium flame. You will get a semi gravy masala.

TIP 2: Increase the addition of coconut if you want more masala.

TIP 3: Increase or decrease the spiciness by altering the addition of red chilli powder.

Tasty Drumstick Masala/Murungakkai Masala is now ready!!! Enjoy with sambar rice, rasam rice, curd rice, etc!!

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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Viki, Welcome again!! I saw your post on drumstick masala poriyal, it looked very yummy and your blog is very beautiful!!!

  2. I must have been Indian in a previous life. I love Indian food! Period.

    1. Even I myself love the spicy Indian food. And its nice to hear you saying the same... Thank you Petro for your continuous support!!!

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  4. I wanted to congratulate you for the sunshine award, you have a lovely blog. My favorite Indian dish is chicken korma, I'll be visiting soon hoping to see this dish on your posts in the future :). Kisses.

    1. Thank You so much for your appreciation... I would surely post it within this week... Thank you for sharing your favorite recipe with me, its my pleasure to satisfy your taste buds!!! Welcome and do visit often...Hugs and kisses!!!


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