Drumstick Masala -Groove in some gravy

Drumstick Masala -Groove in some gravy

The otherwise non vegetarian syrian christians have tough a time during lent season, wondering what to cook each day. I know this will not make any sense to the vegetarian lot -but yeah , for us it is a genuine problem ! So this masala gravy dish is one such thing that happened during last lent , when we got bored of repeating dishes. It is a good accompaniment for rotis/ chapatis. Try out some pure desi cooking :)

crazyandcooking with Serene & Timmy


  1. 4 Nos drumstick (cut into fingers, after scraping skin off)
  2. 2 - 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  3. 2 Nos chillies dried red
  4. 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  6. 2 - 3 sprigs curry leaves
  7. 6 - 7 cloves garlic , roughly chopped
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  9. 1 no red onion medium sized ( pureed)
  10. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  11. 3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  12. 3/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
  13. pinch asafoetida or hing
  14. to taste salt
  15. pinch sugar
  16. 1 no tomato medium sized , chopped
  17. 1/2 handful coriander leaves , chopped
  18. to taste salt
  19. as required water


15 mins
  1. Change

    Get the chopping of ingredients done. Puree the red onions - just need to rough chop and give it a blitz in the mixer grinder. We don't need a sieved clear puree.

  2. Change

    Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard and cumin seeds and then the dried red chillied and curry leaves. Then you can ginger and garlic and saute. Once they start getting charred, add in the onion puree.

  3. Change

    Now, you can add the spices-turmeric,chilli,pepper powders along with some salt and a pinch of hing. Mix and saute well of medium flame. It should take about 2 minutes for the onions to blend with the roasted masalas.

  4. Change

    Add the chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves in, give it a mix and then add the main ingredient- the drumstick pieces. Give it all a good mix again and add water well enough to make a gravy. Close the lid and cook on medium flame until the drumstick pieces become really soft. If it looks watery, open the lid and reduce down to a gravy consistency. Finish off with a sprinkle of sugar and any additional salt if required. Remember not to overcook, else the drumstick pieces start breaking apar...

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