The joy of vegetarian cooking is variety. A lot more combo’s can be made using vegetables. Same routine vegetable recipes are boring at times, but a simple addition of one or more vegetable, results in new recipes. There are many ways of cooking even simple potato fry, recipes vary from family to family even religion to religion or you can say state to state when it comes to India. Vegetarian cooking plays an important role in most of the Indian kitchens. Before marriage it only used to be mom’s way of recipes, but after marriage it is mom-in-law way and sometimes sis-in-law too. Hence varieties of recipes coming out from each and every vegetable. Sometimes new and sometimes slightly different from what I came across at my mom’s place.
One such recipe is drumstick-tomato curry. My mom makes simple drumstick curry or drumstick-mutton curry, but at my mom-in-laws place drumstick is used in making a lot more recipes and it is used in combo with many other vegetables and sometimes dal(s) too. Once such recipe which is simple and yum is drumstick-tomato curry. When the creamy drumstick, neatly peeled and cut into same size pieces are cooked in spicy and tangy tomato gravy with aromatic tempering, the outcome is delectable. Drumstick-tomato recipe is perfectly paired with plain hot steamed white rice.
Drumstick Tomato Curry
- 2 Drumsticks, peeled and cut into 3” inch long even pieces
- 2 Tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
- 1 Onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp Red chili powder
- ¼ Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp Mustard seeds
- ½ tbsp Cumin/Jeera
- ½ tbsp Chana dal
- 6-9 fresh Curry leaves
- 1 dry Red chilli
In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add oil and when oil gets heated up add one by one ingredient’s listed under tempering.
When curry leaves start to change color add onions and fry till translucent. Now add chopped tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and fry till tomatoes are completely cooked.
Now add drumstick pieces and little water (just enough to cook drumsticks). Cook covered on a low flame till drumstick pieces are soft and tender.
Serve this drumstick tomato curry with plain hot rice and papad.
Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.