13 Dec 2013

Murungakakai Kara Kuzhambu / Drumstick Curry Recipe

I love drumstick curry, it is my favourite among all the kuzhambu variety. My mum's recipe is absolutely delicious! For some reason I love to eat this with beans poriyal. So we often have murungakai kara kuzhambu with beans poriyal!

Murungakai Kuzhambu

There are of course various ways to prepare this curry. Some do not use tomatoes but we use tomatoes to make this gravy. On a leisurely day, we use about 15 shallots to make this. But on a working day, this is made with big onions. 

Murungakai Kuzhambu

Preparation time 15mins | Cooking time 25 mins | Serves 3-4

  • Drumstick - 3
  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 3
  • Shallots - 8 to 10
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Thick tamarind juice - 1/4 cup 
  • Coconut paste - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - to taste
To Temper
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Hing - a pinch
Murungakai Kuzhambu

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1. Soak the tamarind ball in water and extract thick juice.
2. Cut the drumsticks to 1 inch pieces and put it in a bowl of water.

3. Grind the big onion and tomato to a paste. Grind coconut pieces with little water to get 3 tbsp coconut paste.
4. In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, urad dal. Once the mustard seeds splutter add fenugreek seeds, hing, curry leaves and shallots. Saute the shallots for a minute.
5. Add the onion tomato paste and sauté for 3 mins.

6.  Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes.
7. Add the coconut paste. Mix with the gravy. Add the drumsticks and sauté for a few mins.

8. Add the 3/4 cup of water and cook covered for about 8-10 minutes until the drumsticks are half cooked.
9. Pour the tamarind juice. Cook for another 5 minutes. 

10. Add the cumin powder and mix in. 
11. Cook for another 3 minutes and switch off.

1. Shallots make the kuzhambu more delicious. If you have time, peel more shallots and use only shallots instead of big onions.
2. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.
3. You can pre cook the drumsticks either using pressure cooker or microwave to save time while cooking this curry.
4. Some people use more tamarind water, we use less tamarind and more tomatoes.

Until next time,
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