Monday, 9 April 2012

Dynamite Drumsticks

Drumstick tree called the "Power house of minerals" is the most common tree in India. Its leaves,fruits, flowers, barks and seeds have medicinal values and are used in various manners in all dishes. Invaluable in preventing cardiac diseases; researchers have stated that the nutritional value of the leaves is equivalent to 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges plus 4 times the calcium in milk plus 3 times potassium in bananas plus 2 times the protein in milk plus 4 times thevitamin A in Carrot. 
This dish is not really a traditional konkani or any other cusine, its just a successful experiment by my mom, which I have recreated to suit my palate.
The name "Dynamite Drumsticks" however is given by my husband when he first looked at my presentation, but after eating it he loved the perfect balance of hot, sweet and sour tastes.
Apart from drumsticks this dish has just 6 ingredients always available in your kitchen and you will be amazed how simple Indian cooking is.
Every ingredient brings out its best flavour in this dish.

  • Drumsticks - 2 
  • Jaggery juice using 1 lemon sized ball of jaggery in 1/2 cup water - 1/2 cup (Optionally use 4 tbsp of sugar in 1/2 cup water)
  • Tamarind pulp using 1 lemon sized ball of tamarind in 1/2 cup water - 1/2 cup
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 2 tbsp ( or as required - you can increase or decrease the mentioned quantity - but since we are putting jaggery or sugar, 2 tbsp of chilli powder is just right).
  • Oil - 1 tsp
Peel and cut the drumsticks into finger length pieces as shown.

Take a heavy bottomed pan, add 1 tsp oil, after a few seconds add the mustard seeds, when the seeds crackle, add hing/Asafoetida and fry till it gives good aroma (few seconds). Now add red chilli powder and fry for 2 seconds.
Now pour the taramind pulp, jaggery juice, salt and the drumsticks and mix well.
Cover and let the drumsticks cook, about 10 mins.
Now open vessel and continue to boil it the gravy gets thick and glazy.
Hot, Sweet & Tangy - "Dynamite Drumsticks" are ready.
Serve as side dish with rice and dal or any other meal of your choice.

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