Friday, November 27, 2009

drumstick flowers ... a curry and the pakoda gone flat


Drumstick flowers as a snack and as a curry.....

Drumstick is considered good for bones and has many health benefits as you can see here , interestingly this vegetable grows on a huge tree and the leaves and flowers are also edible , the flowers are small white , lightly scented and very rarely seen in the market . I was not aware of the flowers being eaten till i was married and my MIL used to make pakode from the flowers , i found that tasty and knowing about the health benefits used to experiment about more ways to cook it.

Last year in winters when i was buying raw turmeric tubers from the subziwala , a pink n fat punjabi aunty asked me what i'd do with the raw turmeric....i told her the ways i use it but in exchange , the same day i asked her how she cooks the drumstick flowers she was buying ....... like i had expected.........it was a true punju way...lots of pyaz - tamatar and dahi in a red gravy , but that was enough clue for me to make it into a yummy curry....thanks to that anoymous aunty ...she had such pink cheeks i wonder it was "swanjane ke phool" which made her pink in health in her late 50's .........:)

Drumstick is called swanjane in panjabi , sehjan in hindi , sojna shutti in bengali and sojan in rajasthan n haryana......i have a handsome drumstick tree in my garden and want to use as much i can of this wonderfully healthy veggie.....see the flowers drooping from the tree..........


the flowers and the buds are edible and a few tiny stalks may be allowed to cook.....cleaning them is not a problem as it has just to be plucked , washed n cooked.......


 i even use the baby drumsticks with the flowers as they are so soft.......for pakode i mix the flowers with some chopped onions , ginger garlic and green chilly paste n salt to taste , pinch of trmeric powder and besan or chickpea flourto bind...water is added to the mixture to make a thick batter.....

i make the pakode mostly on tawa for low oil cooking like this.......see another low oil pakoda here......


it's a nice snack with tea or a great breakfast .....


Even the subzi made with this is simple......just fry some onions into mustard oil , add powdered curry masala and turmeric , ginger garlic paste , red chilly powder and fry till aromatic...now add the tomatoes and cook till mashed , add salt and drumstick flowers and cook for 5 minutes , stirring in between...


add a lot of chopped coriander leaves in the last minute of cooking and cover to rest for a while after putting the heat off.......the curry will be a thick mash and it's so yummy that i was surprised to see how it vanished in no time..


.we had it with roti and daal and it is a satisfying curry for me......basically because these are very costly in the market n i get them for free and i am able to use them in a tasteful way.......

more drumstick and it's flower recipes are on the way....a yummier recipe using curds has become a favorite......stay tuned...

I welcome anybody giving me more ideas to cook this veggie and if they have any recipe , please give a link here , i especially want to know how it is cooked in the south of India as drumstick is used very frequently in almost all the southern states....ideas are welcome and i thank all of you in advance .

6 comments:

  1. Wow drumstick flowers...Ma all time fav dear. Just luv this...

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  2. Never ever heard of this.... till date.... My hubby knew about those beautiful flowers, but not that it could be cooked....

    Awesome, very different.... out of this world too....... will try if possible..

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  3. Never ever heard of this.... till date.... My hubby knew about those beautiful flowers, but not that it could be cooked....

    Awesome, very different.... out of this world too....... will try if possible..

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  4. Good one n very tasty! we make similar dish with rice flour instead of besan.

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  5. Healthy one,my mom forced me to eat drumstick flower kootu,urs really yummy

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  6. Haven't eaten Drumstick flower for ages, good reminder of old days

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