Saturday, June 5, 2010

Drumstick masala gravy (Nuggekai gojju/Moringakai/Murungaikai masala)

Drumstick is one fantastic vegetable with lots of health benefits. I usually use them in sambar, and dals. It increases the flavour of sambar so much that its is simply superb. Occasionally I make this traditional nuggekai gojju or thick masala gravy of drumsticks and this goes really well with rice. Here goes the recipe...

Drumsticks (cut into 1 and 1/2 " pieces) - 1 bowl
Onions- 1 nos
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Oil - 4 tbsp
Salt for taste

To grind :
Onions (chopped) - 1 nos
Tomatoes (chopped)- 2 nos
Coconut grated - 2 tbsp

Fry in 1tbsp oil and grind:
Red chilly -6 nos
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Aniseed - 1 tsp

Grind all the 'To grind ingredients' into a smooth paste and keep aside. Fry in 1 tbsp oil and grind red chilly, coriander seeds, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and aniseed to a smooth paste and keep aside. In a wok, heat oil and fry finely chopped onions till they turn golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add the chilly powder and give it a stir. Add both the ground paste and saute for a min. Add the drumsticks (chopped into 1 and 1/2 ' pieces), salt for taste (water may be added if required). Cover and cook till its done. Serve hot with rice, roti etc.

Use kashmiri chillies if less spice is preferred.


  1. This is really yummy and spicy, the way I love it....

  2. Hi. I have not tried the gojju with the drumsticks, thanks for the idea and this masala looks scrumptious.

  3. wow...delicious and very tempting...

  4. I am sure this gravy would have been very flavourful. Looks nice :)

  5. Thanks Manju :) Oh yes! It was very flavourful and tasty :)

  6. Nice recipe rach, i actually havent tried anything with drumsticks till now as i didnt know what could be done with it...but your dish seems really delicious to start with..thanks for sharing

  7. Interesting recipe, it looks delicious!!

  8. Rach, I don't like drumsticks much, but the gravy is very tempting, and I may try it out with another veggie.

  9. Thanks Priya :) You can try it out with gerkins or potato or bindi, or any other veggie of your choice. I simply love drumsticks, So loved this one too :) It was finger-licking good :)

  10. I loved this recipe ... looks too good and tempting.

  11. Rach, I tried this recipe today and it turned out quite good. Thank you. It goes amazingly well with rice. I added abt a tbsp of tamrind juice to give it the "gojju" effect.



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