Drumstick Curry In Coconut Sauce - No Onion No Garlic#Sunday Funday

Sudha Menon is known for her books which explore the ambitions, achievements and accomplishments of people from various walks of life through stories narrated by them.

In one of her interviews she talks about her memories of her mother and aunts preparing sumptuous meals using fresh, seasonal produce from their farm, plucking drumsticks from the tree to make sambar and plantains to make a quick ‘thoran’ when unexpected guests dropped in.
Taking inspiration from this, made a  very delicious and yummy drumstick curry in coconut sauce.

250 Gram(4) Drumsticks - cut into 2" pieces
½ Cup Packed Freshly Grated Coconut
4 Green Chillies - chopped or as per your spice level
½ Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
2 Teaspoons Rice or Rice Flour
Salt to taste
For Gravy
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
½ Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
A Sprig Curry Leaves
A Pinch Of Asafoetida
A Marble Size Tamarind
1 Teaspoon Palm Sugar

Soak the tamarind in warm water. 
In a small blender jar add the coconut, green chillies, mustard seeds and rice flour, grind to a very fine paste using little water. Keep aside. 
In a large pot/kadai, heat coconut oil, add the cumin seeds, when they splutter add the curry leaves and asafoetida. Add the drumstick pieces and fry on high flame for 2 minutes, then add the ground paste and mix well. Wash the blender jar with water and add that to the pot, give it a good stir, add salt to taste, cover and cook till the drumstick are cooked. Add hot water to make a thick gravy if necessary.  
Add the tamarind juice and give it good stir, let this come to a rolling boil, add the jaggery and stir. When the jaggery melts, switch off the flame. Drizzle a little coconut oil on top. 
Serve with rice or rotis. Enjoy this delicious curry!! 
Labels: No Onion No Garlic, Drumstick, Vegan, Gluten free, Main course, Vegetarian Curry, Indian

Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Thank you for the introduction to Sudha Menon, Sneha! Did I ever tell you that I had a drumstick tree in my front yard in Dubai? I didn't know they were edible till I saw my cleaning lady picking them and I asked what she planned to do with them. A curry! The flavors in your sauce sound delightful. Now to think of what I can substitute for the drumsticks.

  2. Must admit have yet to read Sudha Menon's books. I make drumsticks in yogurt curry, Will have to try making them in coconut sauce. Looks good.

  3. My new goal in life...try drumsticks! Thanks for sharing this recipe and a little about Sudha Menon! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen