IMG_8160Drumstick tree is commonly found in every house in Kerala. It leaves are very healthy and drumstick too is loaded with goodness. It builds strong bones,  purifies blood, lowers blood sugar levels, eases respiratory problems, very good for pregnant women, protects against infections and helps in digestion. After such a long listing of the goodness that drumstick provides who will like to ignore drumstick?

And among all he vegetables drumstick comes with a fun factor. You cannot have it like normal vegetable and you need to split it open and consume the pulp. I love that fact that you need to take time to enjoy this veggie. In fact in sambhar or avial I always tend to search for drumstick.

This is one of my favorite veg curries using drumstick. I can have it just as soup. This is a great curry for rice.


Drumsticks – 2-3

Tomatoes – 2-3 medium (ripe)

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Shallots – 3-4

Ginger – 1/2 inch pieces

Cumin seeds – 1 pinch

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Chilly powder – 1.5 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Coriander Leaves – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 tblspn

Salt to tase


  1. Peel and cut drumsticks in 1 inch pieces.
  2. In a pan,heat oil.
  3. Once hot splutter mustard seeds.
  4. Add finely chopped shallots and saute till brown.
  5. Add curry leaves.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes.
  7. Add the drumsticks.
  8. Add little water to cook the tomatoes and drumsticks.
  9. Cook the tomatoes till they are mushy and drumsticks cooked.
  10. Meanwhile in a blender add grated coconut, shallots, cumin and ginger, turmeric, chilly powder and blend.
  11. Add little water blend nicely. It should be pasty consistency.
  12. Once the tomatoes are cooked and mushy, add the coconut mixture and salt and mix properly.
  13. Keep mixing it till nicely heated but do not let it boil.
  14. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Do try this recipe for your afternoon lunch and enjoy great health. IMG_8161


  1. So interesting. Not often I come across a recipe that is completely new to me. I’ve never heard of a drumstick tree before. I wonder if there’s any similar vegetable to substitute? It’s hard to tell from the pictures as they are coated in sauce, but I wonder if they are similar to okra?

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    1. Thank you. Drumstick, as per Wiki is also known as horseradish tree. Yes this recipe can be made without drumstick or can be replaced with okra. Thank you for the link, will definitely post this there.

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