21 January 2015

Drumstick Tokku / முருங்கைக்காய் தொக்கு

I have 2 wonderful neighbors (i call them wonderful because they are individual house owners and most of their yields from the garden is always shared) next door.. When Drumstick is in season they make sure to give it to me.. knowing my interests in cooking and i would try different recipes.. These home grown are way too tastier compared to ones bought from stores.. m always puzzled..

Usually i make soup / rasam but this time wanted to make something spicier to go with breakfasts so ended up with thokku. But it was finished off with curd rice by SH. SH was surprised on seeing me trying such dish n he was glad.. 

During my recent visit to Book Fair at YMCA picked up many cook books all below Rs.30. One such book was Appalam / vathal / uurukaai such a wonderful book with 40 traditional and unforgotten recipes.This is my first try from that book a simple to make but too addictive drumstick thokku.. m not so sure if onion is added but i wanted some volume so went by the book.
Preperation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 12 mins
Serves: 2 

What you need:

Drumstick - 5 nos
Onion - 2 nos
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - gen pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Gingelly oil - 3 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp

How to make:
Cut the drumsticks into medium size pieces and blanch in salted water until soft, cool them and scoop the flesh using a sharp spoon and remove the skin. 

Heat oil in a pan splutter mustard seeds, add asafoetida, onions and saute until they turn brown in color.

Add the pulp, tamarind paste, turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and give a nice mix in medium heat and give a mix in between until you find that the oil separates.

Add fenugreek powder at the end mix well and switch off the heat and cool it and store in air tight container and refrigerate. 

* 1 tsp Jaggery can be added if the spiciness is high


  1. lipsmacking thokku... my granny used to do this, after years am seeing it

  2. super kalps the entire set up :) is just wow :) i always eye onyour props . oorey kalakals. loved it ! dosaikaiku kuda nalla irukum

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  4. That thokku looks so yummy... love the pics...

  5. wow...scrumptious platter and tempting thokku...loved the presentation...bookmarked to try!

  6. Beautiful clicks... drumstick thokku sounds so interesting, am sure it would jave tasted yum.