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Monday, September 18, 2017

Muringakka Thoran | Kerala Style Drumstick Stir Fry

Drumstick (muringakka) is a rich source of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin C. Though we frequently add drumstick in sambar and aviyal mainly. But during season, drumstick are available in plenty. We had plenty in the backyard at the parent's place, and so mom used to make this thoran (stir-fry) whenever drumsticks were in season. I learnt this recipe from my mom and grandmother. This time my SIL bought a pack of fresh drumsticks from their garden when she visited us sometime back. That's the time I thought of preparing this thoran (stir-fry). This is a simple stir-fry and has the drumstick flavour in abundance. The only hard work in making this thoran (stir-fry) is scraping the flesh out from the drumsticks. The tender seeds add a nice crunch in between the thoran (stir-fry). Make sure to select the tender ones to make this thoran (stir-fry) else the over mature seeds will be very bad in taste. If you like the drumstick flavour, then you will definitely love this. Give it a try and enjoy !!

Preparation time~ 10 minutes
Cooking time~ 15 minutes
Serves ~ 4 -5
muringakka /moringa / drumstick 7-8
shallots 1/2 cup sliced
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

to coarse grind 
grated coconut 1/2 cup
shallots 2-3
green chillies 2-3
garlic cloves 2

to temper
mustard seeds 1 tsp
coconut oil 1-2 tbsp
curry leaves, 2 sprigs

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  • Wash and cut the drum stick lengthwise as shown in pic. Using a sharp edged spoon,scoop out the flesh by holding it in your hands. If there are long strands of flesh then finally cut it short using a knife. Don't make it very small, just keep an inch long strands. Also make sure to select tender variety moringa(muringakka) / drumstick, over mature drumsticks doesn't taste good and the seeds doesn't bite through.

  • In the meantime, crush or pulse the ingredients listed under 'to coarsely grind' in a blender without adding water.
  • Heat oil in a wok/ kadai / cheenachatti. Add mustard seeds, when it splutters. Add the sliced shallots and curry leaves. Sauté till it's wilted. Add the turmeric powder and sauté.
  • Add the drumstick flesh (muringakka) and the crushed coconut mix, salt. Mix well, add 2tbsp of water. Simmer the flame and let it cook covered for 7 minutes. 
  • Toss well and cook for another 2 minutes till the moisture is dried up. Switch off flame and serve with cooked rice.

* You can even add green chillies vertical slit separately without adding with the coconut.

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* Vazhapindi thoran
* Pacha Thakkali thoran
* Mushroom thoran
* Vazhakoombu thoran
* Kovakka thoran
* Mathan Ela thoran
* Vazhakka thoran
* Chakkakuru Cheera Thoran


Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... the stir fry looks delicious..

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, I don't know drumstick, but is similar to a type of cucumber some people grow here.
Delicious recipe with lots of flavors.
Have a nice day.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks great..we never cut it this fine will try like this

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

I never knew u can scrape the flesh from raw drumsricks like that, looks like a lot of hard work but the end product looks so delicious...Good to see u back in action :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Vineetha Sush Vinee,its not that much hard work dear if you get the tender drumsticks.. try it out :)

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

adipoli... its been a while since I ate this thoran... my mom makes it at times... with no hopes to having it anytime soon, i can just keep on drooling looking at the pics

Ria Samuel said... Best Blogger Tips

I am used to having muringkka in theeyal / sambhar. Never tried this thoran - it is definitely a must try on my list!

Jincy Jojo said... Best Blogger Tips