Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Varutharaicha murungakai pulikuzhambu / Drumstick in fried coconut based tamarind gravy

Here is one more pulikuzhambu version which I like very much. This is a kerala style theeyal recipe. The smell of drumstick and the smell of golden fried coconut gives a unique taste and aroma to this dish.

The scientific name of drumstick tree is Moringa oleifera. The leaves, flowers and immature pods of drumstick tree are used as food. Leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. They are  rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium , Pottasium, Iron and protein.  Different parts of drumstick plant is used to cure respiratory disorders, infections, digestive disorders, urinary disorders and sexual disorders ('Mundhanai mudichu' Bhagyaraj seems to be correct ;). 

Ingredients :

Drumstick- 2 nos
Coconut scrappings- 3 tbspns (fresh or dried)
Onion- 1 no
Tomato- 1 no
Curry leaves- a handful
Green chillies- 3 nos
Whole black pepper- 1 tspn
Coriander powder- 1 tbspn
Red chilli powder- 2 tspns
Tamarind- size of a small lemon
Turmeric- a pinch
Asafoetida- a pinch
Fenugreek, Mustard and urid dhal- 1/2 tspn for tempering
Salt to taste
Oil- 3 tbspn

Method :

Wash and cut the drumsticks into 2 inch pieces. Soak the tamarind in luke warm water. Take a pan and fry the coconut scrappings until they become deep brown in colour. Grind the fried coconut and one teaspoon of pepper into a smooth paste. Cut onions and tomatoes into small pieces. Slit the green chillies. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil gets heated add fenugreek seeds and urid dhal. When it browns add mustard seeds. When they splutter add the onions, curry leaves, green chillies, a pinch of asafoetida and a pinch of turmeric. Saute well until the onions become soft. Now add some salt and tomato pieces and saute until the tomato pieces are cooked well. To this mixture add coriander powder, chilli powder and ground coconut and pepper paste. Mix well. Saute for a minute until the raw smell of the masala goes away. Now add the extracted tamarind juice and enough water. Boil the mixture well until the drumstick is cooked. Allow the gravy to thicken. Add salt as per your taste.  A very tasty kuzhambu will be ready to be served with hot rice and papads.

Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : Sourness, spiciness and salt should balance well to get the best pulikuzhambu. Thick gravy is more tastier than the watery ones. Black pepper gives a very nice taste and aroma to this dish. Take care not to burn the coconut scrappings but it should be browned nicely. Add lots of curry leaves. When prepared with gingelly oil it has an unique taste. Happy cooking !!!


  1. சூப்பர்ர்...மறுநாள் காலை இட்லி தோசையுடன் சாப்பிட்டால் ஆஹா அதன் சுவையே தனிதான்...

  2. My mom prepare this as same like ur version,luks fantastic...

  3. Such a intersting version of drumstick kulambhu.nice thick gravy.will try it out soon

  4. kuzhambu looks sooo tangy n mouthwatering ...never used drumstick this way ,very new dish for me ...ur's drumstick kuzhambu's lovely click makes me drooling here :)


  5. Amma had made kootu in drumstick yesterday and now i see u making kozhambu with it ... This seems one versatile veg.. i thought drumstick na sambhar and ofcourse sambhar na murungakkai... but this thought changed yes after having it in kootu .. will ask amma to make this tomo ;) ...

  6. Drumsticks is one i really missing here. I have small drumstick plant, i have to wait until they get fruits. Pulikuzhmabu looks delicious Manju.

  7. The gravy is lip smacking ....looks so gud...

  8. looks fantabulous and amazing...drooling dish ..wht a tempting pic

  9. Looks healthy and delicious, thanks for sharing dear...

  10. wow!! Mouth watering pulikuzhambu with drumsticks..Would love to have this puli kuzhambu with hot steaming rice..Yum!!

  11. What a lovely gravy, sounds wonderful and new :)

  12. Yumm!!mouthwatering pulikuzhambu, tangy kuzhambu tempts me a lot..

  13. wow..i am drooling! :P :P :P
    wonderful kuzhambu!

  14. Hi Manju

    The drumstick gravy is droolworthy and looks yummy.

    Hamaree Rasoi

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    Drumstick curry looks mouthwatering..very nice recipe..thanks!

  16. Love this also makes this exactly the same way..looks fabulous and mouth watering

  17. this drumstick kuzhambu looks so delicious sure taste really yum because of the dried coconut.very good one manju.. hope u r doing good..
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  18. Mouth watering kulambu.I like the drumstick very much in this.

  19. Love the way it is presented

  20. My mom used to make it just like that. Love it. I am drooling over here.

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