This is a favourite dish in Yarlpanam even today and Drumstick plant is home grown
Drumstick 500 Gms
Onion 1 medium
Green chillies 3
Curry powder 3 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon
Coconut Milk 2 cups
When you buy the drumstick, gently twist the whole stick holding at both ends and if it splits discard it. It must be soft and pliable when young.
Wash and cut drumsticks into 8 cm long pieces and split each piece into two in the middle.
In a pan add the pieces of drumstick, diced onion, split green chillies, curry powder and 1 cup water and cover and cook until the meat in the pieces are cooked and soft.
Add salt and tamarind paste and cook for3 more minutes.
Add the milk and simmer until gravy thickens.
Garnish before you remove from fire, stir and rest for 20 minutes.
1) Drumstick with prawns: Cook 100 Gms of peeled clean prawns with the drumstick.
2) Drumstick White Curry: Omit Curry powder and will need another 2 green chillies if you prefer hot.
Cook as above. This will be less hot and white in colour.
3) Drumstick Paththia curry: Omit the green chillies and Curry powder and use Charakku powder instead and Garlic.
Fry Onions in Gingelly oil add drumstick pieces, Charakku powder 3 teaspoons, 4 cloves of garlic chopped into small pieces and 1 cup water and cook until sticks are soft.
Add 1cup coconut milk, salt and tamarind paste and cook for further 7 minutes and simmer.
Do not garnish this dish.