Drumstick and drumstick leaves are very common vegetable of south Indians everyday life. Have you ever tried drumstick flowers?? If the answer is "NO" then I strongly suggest you to try it, a healthy and tasty dish. Drumstick trees are very common in south India. We people utilizing its fruits and leaves to prepare side dishes and the drumstick is an inevitable item of sambar. But drumstick flowers...yes a rarely used item , right?
Two months ago, when Priyanka, the flower seller knocked my door for the first time, but within no time I became her regular customer.
She asked me Akka, poo venama. (madam, do you want flower?????)
I am not fluent in Tamil, moreover, I am not interested to put flowers on my hair whether it is jasmine or rose. So I said, No ma, next time.
Akka, Muringakeera erukku, vanguvingala. (I have drumstick leaves also, will you buy).
Yeah, it was the item which I wished to get a long time. So I purchased one bundle of leaves. Again, she came after two three days and again, I bought one more bundle. This time, my husband suggests me to ask for drumstick flowers.
Drumstick flowers? ..why ? I asked.
You never tried drumstick flowers, just try it. He said.
Because of his compulsion I asked her whether drumstick flowers are available or not? By astonishing me the very next day she came up with drumstick flowers. Let me tell the truth that I don't have any idea, what to do with it?
I asked him again what is its use, then my husband showed me a big list of dishes of his mother. Being a vegetarian, my in laws has a vast knowledge about the veg dishes and he suggest me to try a thoran with drumstick flower alone. Of course, thoran is a part of our day to day life and is the easiest one to prepare.
First of all I plucked all the flowers from the stem carefully and removed all the stem and decayed flowers. I got a small bowl full of flowers, but when I sauteed it, alas, it again reduced and I got a small bowl of thoran only. Of course, the cleaning process is tedious, but my kids helped me to do that.
The next step is washing. If you are using flowers which are fallen down during night time, then you should be careful. There will be chances of sand and mud in the flowers, so wash it three four times before use. Luckily, those flowers were garden fresh. So that step was so easy for me.
The thoran was really wonderful, Perhaps you may feel its taste is somewhat similar to kakkayirichi thoran (stir fried clam meat). yes..I felt so...Try this, you will also love this...
Muringa Poo Thoran
Recipe Type : Side dish
Cuisine: India, South India, Kerala
Preparation time: 35 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Total time: 45
Direction of preparation of drumstick flower stir fry / Muringa poo thoran
Step by step preparation of drumstick flower stir fry / Muringa poo thoran
- These are drumstick flowers.
- Pluck each flower carefully from the stem.
- Put in salt water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Wash carefully, there will be dust and mud in the flowers. Remove everything completely.
- Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, saute curry leaves and red chilies for a minute.
- Add the cleaned drumstick leaves and salt to taste. Mix well. Do not add water. Let it cook in the oil and moisture within the flower.
- Cook covered till the flowers turn soft.
- Meantime, crush green chilies, shallots and cumin seeds. Add grated coconut and crush again.
- Add this to the cooked flowers and mix well. There should be no water in flowers while adding the coconut.
- Cook this covered on low flame for another 5 minutes till the raw smell of coconut leaves.
- Serve hot with steamed rice.
- Wash the leaves carefully before use. There will be sand and mud with
- Add crushed coconut only after the water has evaporated completely, otherwise, the thoran will be clumsy and you will not get the desired taste.