Drumstick Thoran - Moringa and Coconut Stir fry
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
To grind
  • Coconut grated- ¾ cup
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
For cooking
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dry red chili, whole- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Chana dal- 1 tbsp
  • Small onions or shallots, chopped- 6
  • Drumstick, 3 inch slices- 20 to 25
  • Chili powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  1. In a blender, coarsely grind coconut, cumin seeds and turmeric powder along with very little water, keep aside.
  2. If using fresh drumstick, cut it into 3 inch size.
  3. Place a wok or non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
  4. Add mustard seed, let it splutter.
  5. Add dry red chili, curry leaves, saute for a second.
  6. Add chana dal, saute till it turns golden in color.
  7. Add chopped small onions or shallots, sprinkle a few pinches of salt and saute till onions turn light golden.
  8. Add drumstick and add ¼ cup of water to it.
  9. Cook covered till drumsticks turn tender.
  10. Add the coarsely ground coconut to the drumstick, combine well.
  11. Add chili powder for spice. You can ignore this if you don't need the spice.
  12. Stir fry for a few minutes till coconut has cooked well and the water dries off.
  13. This is a dry dish.
  14. Taste and add more salt for taste.
  15. Transfer to a bowl and serve as a side dish along with rice.
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