Drumstick tree pods are long, slender, green & extremely rich in vital minerals. This is a recipe for drumstick stir fry / murungakkai poriyal in tamil.
This recipe goes well with curd rice and sambar rice.
Usually for vegetable side dishes, we will cut one onion for seasoning. But for this side dish, the more onions we add, the tastier the dish will be. So I have cut 3 large onions and 4 drumsticks today.
Spices needed are – mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, salt, turmeric powder and chili powder.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it finishes popping, add cumin seeds followed by urad dal.
When urad dal turns light brown, add curry leaves. Then add the onions and stir fry.
When onions are half cooked, add salt, chili powder and turmeric.
Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add washed and cut drumsticks.
This vegetable needs water to cook well. So add a cup of water, cover it and allow it to boil in medium heat.
Occasionally open the vessel to check if the vegetable has cooked and if the water has evaporated. You can do this by gently pressing with a spoon. If it is cooked, the pod will break open lengthwise and the meat inside will be soft and easy to scoop.
Add more water if it is still not cooked. The water has evaporated completely and it is becoming a dry side dish.
Stir fry for a couple of more minutes, check salt and spice level. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve murungakkai poriyal with rice. The onion will get the flavor of the drumstick and it will be very tasty. That is why we add more onions in this dish.
How to eat drumstick
Method 1: To eat the drumstick, press with a spoon and the pod will crack open lengthwise into 2 – 3 pieces. Scrape the meat stuck on the inside with a spoon and eat.
Method 2: The usual method for eating is by putting the piece inside the mouth, biting it and gently pulling it out with the hand. When it is pulled, it is squeezed between the upper and lower teeth and the juicy meat is extracted into the mouth.
Method 3: This is the tastier option and the most commonly followed method in the villages but it wont be suitable in a formal dinning setting where we have to think about table manners. Simply put the whole piece inside the mouth, chew it in between your molars, the meat will be extracted and flow into your mouth. Keep chewing it till all the juicy stuff has been extracted and all you have is the fibrous debris. Take it out and keep it in one corner of your plate. 🙂