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Drumstick Thokku | Murungakai Thokku

Drumstick thokku

Drumstick thokku is a simple and tastier one. Do you have drumstick? Do you have onion, tomatoes? You are set. This recipe is made with very less ingredients. You can make at very less time. If you try this once, I'm sure you will try it again and again. I make these in batches.

drumstick thokku

It goes well either with South Indian curd rice or with North Indian chapati. If you have drumstick tree at home, you can enjoy this all the day during season. When they are tangy and spicy, they are wonderful. So I add some more purée to my taste. Of course, it's my preference, you can have your own version as well.

 Drumstick Thokku | Murungakai Thokku


Drumstick - 5
Big Onion - 2
Tamarind extract - 1 tsp
Tomato purée - 3 tsp (or more)
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Gingelly Oil / Nallenai - 2 tblspn


Cut drumsticks into long pieces and cook in boiling water for 5 mins or until it becomes soft.

Once cooled down, scoop out the flesh of drumstick with a spoon.

Finely chop the onions and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When it starts to crackle, add big onion.

When onion becomes translucent, add red chilli powder, turmeric, asafoetida and sauté for a min.

Add the tamarind extract, tomato purée and scooped out pulp. Mix well.

Add more tomato purée if required. Add the salt and sauté for 2 mins and remove from flame.

Serve with chapati, curd rice.

  • You can add fenugreek powder at the end.
  • It can be refrigerated for 1 week.
  • I used store bought tomato purée, you can add ground tomato also.

drumstick thokku ingredients
Keep all your ingredients ready
Blanch them
Blanch drumstick in boiling water for 5 to 10 mins with little salt. When it becomes soft, remove from flame
scoop out flush
Scoop out the flush with the help of a spoon
adding mustard seeds
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds
add onion
When mustard starts to splutter, add chopped onion and saute well
add spice powders
When it becomes translucent, add chilli powder, turmeric and asafoetida
tamarind extract
Add in tamarind extract
tomato puree added
and tomato puree
scooped out pulp
Then add the scooped out pulp and mix it well
Add salt and mix them well
check salt
Check for salt. If needed you can add more puree
thokku ready
Transfer it to a serving bowl
drumstick thokku1
Drumstick thokku is ready!

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