Munnakayi, bangala dumpa & capsicum koora
Drumstick, potato & green pepper curry with garlic vadiyalu
Drumstick is one of my favorite vegetables. My mom generally made two different things with the drumstick. One was drumstick pulusu (sambar) and the other is drumstick koora (curry) with potato and cauliflower. Its a very simple curry which goes well with hot rice. Because i ran out of cauliflower i replaced it by green pepper.
While picking drumsticks look for smooth greenish skin in the pods. Avoid the ones which look hard,where the flavor will be strong and bitter.
In U.S we don’t find fresh drumsticks that often. But when we do find it tends to be little pricy.But my love for drumstick makes me buy the frozen ones. Though they are ok in taste it satisfies my craving for drumstick.
fresh drumstick/munnakayi – 2 (cut into one inch long pieces)
or Frozen drumstick – about 12 pieces
green chillies- 3 to 4
Procedure: Cut the onion, green pepper,tomato and potato into small chunks. Cut the drumstick into one inch long pieces.
Now take a pan, put one teaspoon of oil and fry the potato till it gets a nice brown crust on top of it and cooked through. Keep it a side.
In another pot do the tempering with one tespoon of oil, mustard seeds, half teaspoon chana dal and quarter teaspoon cumin. When they are lightly brown add the chopped green chillies followed by onion. Cook till onion becomes little soft then add a pinch of asfatedia( hing), green pepper, drumstick and tomato. Put half cup of water, some salt and cook for about ten to fifteen minutes till the drumstick becomes tender. Once everything is cooked through add the cooked potato, some tamarind/ lemon juice and chopped coriander. Stir till everything is blended together.Taste and reason accordingly.
Serve the curry with chapathi or rice.
Note: If frozen dumstick is used, thaw it in the microwave.
You can also replace cauliflower for green pepper.