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Spicy Drumstick Stir Fry (Murungakkai Masala)

Spicy_Drumstick_Stir_Fry_Murungakkai_Masala_1 Drumstick is the commonly used vegetable in south Indian cooking. Drumstick tree can be found in most of the south Indian homes. It is cooked solo or combo with other vegetables. Drumstick has a nice flavor and tastes better when cooked with spices.

Here is Spicy Drumstick Stir Fry (Murungakkai Masala) that can be served as side dish. It is delicious when mixed with steamed rice.

Drumstick is known as Murungakkai in Tamil. The photograph below right shows the drumstick tree of a south Indian home.


  • Drumstick pieces – 15 no
  • To grind
    • Tomato – 1 no
    • Onion chopped – 1 table spoon Spicy_Drumstick_Stir_Fry_Murungakkai_Masala_2
    • Red chilli powder – 1 table spoon
    • Coriander powder – 1 table spoon
    • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
    • Coconut grated – 2 table spoon
    • Fennel seed – ½ tea spoon
    • Garlic – 2 clove
    • Clove – 2 no
    • Ginger – small piece
    • Coriander leaves – few strings
    • Cinnamon – small piece
    • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Curry leaves – few
  • Oil  – 1 table spoon



  • Half-cook washed and cut drumstick pieces with little salt and turmeric powder in boiling water.

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  • Grind all ingredients given for grinding to a smooth paste in two stages as shown.

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  • Do seasoning, add the ground masala paste and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add little water, boil and add half boiled drumstick pieces; cook in low flame till the masala is roasted and drumstick is cooked fully.

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  • Serve with rice or chappati.


  • Here is a split open drumstick piece (most of the people who is not aware of drumstick simply treat this as waste when served; the fleshy part inside the split drumstick including the tender seeds taste nice).



  • I normally cut drumsticks into approximately 2 inch long pieces.
  • While cutting into pieces, I remove the skin that peels off freely. This helps to cook drumstick faster.

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya May 17, 2010, 10:35 am

    very delicious, i usually put this in sambhar but this looks too good

  • Manju Rajender May 17, 2010, 11:47 am

    My mom used to prepare it but bit differently…Looks very nice as usual :)

  • Priya May 17, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I prepare almost the same but i used to add few brinjals along with the drumsticks…looks yummmyy!

  • niloufer riyaz May 17, 2010, 2:20 pm

    masala looks very tasty, Nice recipe

  • shamanags May 17, 2010, 5:54 pm

    yummy recipe…have posted a similar recipe long back

  • Jyoti V May 17, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Looks spicy fry.

  • Swathi May 17, 2010, 11:20 pm


    Murungakkai masala looks really nice, i miss them here.

  • nalinivijay January 23, 2013, 12:36 pm

    murugakkai masala seems to be very nice. tomorrow i am going to do for lemon rice

  • Sowmy April 9, 2013, 11:38 am

    I tried today and it came out very well and taste was awesome.. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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