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drumstick masala curry recipe - a quick easy curry made with drumsticks.
5 from 3 votes

drumstick curry recipe – this is one of the most simplest and easiest north indian curry made with drumsticks.

drumstick masala recipe, drumstick curry recipe

these drumsticks (in hindi saijan ki phalli) are pods of the plant moringa oleifera and not chicken drumsticks. mentioning this, as on a few of my previous drumstick posts, i get comments mentioning which drumsticks i am using.

this onion tomato based drumstick curry is thin, light and a bit spicy. it has got full-on flavors of the drumsticks in it. goes well with steamed rice or a rice based dish like dal khichdi.

this is an easy and quick drumstick curry recipe if you have drumsticks at home. usually i add drumsticks in avial recipe or vegetable sambar or in dals or i make drumstick sambar. this is one of those few recipes which i make with drumstick only. this drumstick curry can also be paired as a side dish with dal-rice combination. it’s overall a healthy side dish.

drumstick masala recipe, drumstick curry recipe

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drumstick recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
drumstick masala curry recipe - a quick easy curry made with drumsticks.
drumstick recipe, drumstick curry recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian
Servings:2 -3

INGREDIENTS FOR drumstick recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

grind to a smooth paste

  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, chopped (adrak)
  • 2-3 garlic, chopped (lahsun)

other ingredients for drumstick recipe

  • 4 to 5 medium drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon punjabi garam masala or regular garam masala
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required
  • few coriander leaves for garnish (dhania patta)

HOW TO MAKE drumstick recipe

preparation for drumstick recipe

  • rinse, peel and chop the drumsticks into 3 to 4 inches pieces long.
  • make a smooth paste without adding any water from the onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

making drumstick recipe

  • heat oil in a pan. crackle the cumin first. then add the ground paste.
  • be careful when adding the paste. it might splurge.
  • stir well and then add the turmeric, red chili powder and asafoetida.
  • saute stirring often till you see oil leaving the sides of the masala.
  • add the drumsticks and stir so that the masala coats them well.
  • pour water and season with salt. cover the pan and let the drumsticks cook till they become tender and well cooked. they should not break and become mushy.
  • lastly sprinkle garam masala and stir. garnish the drumstick gravy with coriander leaves.
  • serve drumstick curry with steamed rice or any khichdi.


  • you can adjust the spices as required.
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namaste 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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16 comments/reviews

  1. Great Recipe.I tried this one just lyk the others from your website and it turned out very well..had a hearty meal..ur recipes are very precise and perfect. I added the homemade masala to give it an extra spicy punch..the best part of this recipe is how the drumsticks flavor belnds in the tomato onion paste and takes away that raw tangy taste..lovely! keep cooking keep posting!

  2. I’ve never seen this type of vegetable before… how interesting! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it at the indian grocery near me 🙂

    • gina, drumsticks are very easily found in south india. although, because of better transport it is not available in north india also. may be in your city, you have to visit the store which keeps south indian vegetables.