Ever heard of drumstick? No, no, not the Chicken drumstick. This is a vegetable which provides numerous health benefits and is common in the Southern parts of India. In Kerala, we add drumsticks to Sambar, and also while preparing Theeyal, a curry made with roasted coconut and spices.
Drumsticks or Moringa pods are long, slim and green in color. Its leaves are also edible and nutritious. Drumsticks are high in Vitamin C and calcium and are good for bones. It is given regularly to pregnant women and lactating mothers as well.
Drumsticks are ubiquitous in South India and both, husband and I were missing it in our Sambar. When my parents visited us earlier this month, this was what they bought – a huge bunch of drumsticks. Do not laugh your heart out! But that’s how much we missed this slender, humble looking vegetable. However, what else can you make with drumsticks? Mamma came up with this easy, yet delicious recipe.
Drumsticks are also used in Onam Sadya recipes like Avial. The outer skin is removed and the pods are cut into small pieces. You can split/slit each of these pieces into two or may also leave it as it is. We love to chew it, extract the pulp and discard the fibrous parts. It is flavorful and this dish is an excellent side dish to Rasam and rice.
Kerala Style Drumstick Fry Recipe:
Do you love drumsticks? Apart from adding to Sambar, what else do you cook with this vegetable? Share your tips.
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