shengo curry | goan drumstick coconut curry

Goan drumstick coconut curry with step by step photos – this delicious curry also called as Shengo curry or Shengya chi kodi Is a coconut based curry made with drumsticks. The drumsticks that I refer are the pods of the plant Moringa oleifera. These are also called as Saijan ki phalli in hindi. 

Sharing a Goan recipe after a long time. This one happens to be my mom’s recipe and I do make it at times. Like most Goan curries, coconut is an important ingredient in this recipe.

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goan drumstick curry, drumstick coconut curry

The spices that are used are the usual spices that are added in Goan coconut-based curries. Tamarind is also added to give a slightly sour taste. The coconut along with spices is ground to a fine masala. So do use a good grinder to grind the masala.

If you want you can also add some potatoes in the recipe. This curry goes best with rice. Though you can also serve with chapatis.

drumstick curry

How to make Goan drumstick coconut curry

1. Rinse, peel and chop the drumsticks into 4 to 5 inches pieces long.

drumsticks for Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe

2. Take all the ingredients for the masala paste. In the pic are ½ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut, 4 to 5 black peppercorns, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tbsp coriander seeds, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 2 to 3 dry red chilies, ½ tsp tightly packed tamarind and ½ tbsp chopped onion. If you want, you can break the red chilies and remove the seeds before grinding.

spices for Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe

3. Take all of the above ingredients in a grinder jar. Add ⅔ to ¾ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

paste for Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe

4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 2 tbsp chopped onions.

onions for Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe

5. Saute the onion still translucent.

onions for Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe

6. Then add the ground masala paste.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

7. Stir.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

8. On a low flame, stirring often saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

9. Add the chopped drumsticks.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

10. Add 1 cup water or as required. Mix well.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

11. Season with salt.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

12. Cover the pan with a lid.

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

13. Simmer the curry till the drumsticks are cooked and softened

making drumstick coconut curry recipe

14. Garnish with some coriander leaves and Serve hot with steamed rice.

Goan drumstick coconut curry recipe
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Shengo Curry

5 from 4 votes
Spiced coconut based curry made with drumsticks (moringa oleifera). Recipe from the Goan cuisine.
drumstick curry recipe, drumstick gravy recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:goan
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 200 grams drumstick or 3 to 4 drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish (optional)

for ground masala

  • ½ cup tightly packed grated coconut
  • 2 to 3 small to medium sized garlic - chopped
  • 4 to 5 black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon coriander seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies
  • ½ teaspoon tightly packed tamarind
  • ½ tablespoon chopped onion
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water for grinding

Instructions

  • Rinse, peel and chop the drumsticks into 4 to 5 inches pieces long.
  • Take all the ingredients for the ground masala paste in a grinder jar. Add ⅔ to ¾ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 2 tbsp chopped onions. Saute the onion still translucent.
  • Then add the ground masala paste. On a low flame, stirring often saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped drumsticks.
  • Add 1 cup water or as required. Mix well. season with salt.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer the curry till the drumsticks are cooked and softened.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

  • If you want you can also add some potatoes in the curry.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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5 comments/reviews

  1. Tried this recipe today.. loved it. Brought back memories!5 stars

  2. It came out just awesome..the balance of the spices in your proportion is amazing.. just right.. Thanks for this great recipe, I’ll try the gravy with other vegetables too.5 stars

    • thanks a lot prashant. do try the other gravy recipes as well.

  3. hi jus a bit confused with the ingredients as I don’t see peppercorns in the pic and see garlic in it. Plz help. Thanks

    • kaneez, black peppercorns are placed between coriander seeds and cumin seeds in step 2 pic.