Muringakka Thoran- Drum stick coconut stir fry is a simple, more healthy and flavorful recipe in which drumstick plays the central role. It is a traditional Kerala style stir fry or thoran with mild spices and grated coconut. As regular this Kerala traditional recipe is also adapted from my Amma. Drumsticks are great in a variety of recipes in Kerala cooking. My amma usually prepared drumstick thoran along with jackfruit seeds. Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit in Kerala and this time I did’nt got it. Try this simple thoran, you will surely love it. It can be served along with steamed rice. The detailed recipe with step by step cooking pictures follows.
In Kerala a drumstick tree in the backyard of a house is a common sight. There is one at my home backyard too. Drumsticks must be quite a favorite for many of us. It is loaded with valuable minerals, healthy proteins and essential minerals it a healthy food. Being high in calcium, iron and other vitamins, drumsticks help in strengthening bones. It is recommended that women should eat drumsticks during pregnancy as it helps in delivery and also eases pre and post delivery complications. This particular veggie offers all types of nutritional advantages and in addition cures numerous health conditions.
Tips- Using a knife, peel the skin of drumsticks, wash and cut into finger length pieces and I like to cut the drumstick pieces in half for this dish rather than scraping out the flesh an cooking it. The skin adds a wonderful texture and appearance to the finished dish. Traditionally shallots is used to make this stir fry, if you want you can substitute it with onions.
How to Make Muringakka Thoran- Kerala Style Drumstick and Coconut Stir Fry
Heat oil in a deep bottom frying pan and add mustard seeds allow it to splutter. Then add urad dal and dry red chilies, fry until the chili turn slightly brown.
Add shallots and saute until it turns soft and tender.
Add drumstick pieces and required salt. Combine well.
Pour 5 tbsp of water and close the pan with a lid and cook in medium to low flame for 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile coarsely grind grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies, kashmiri chilly powder, turmeric powder and garlic. Set aside ( just crush the ingredients only, not to grind)
Add coarsely ground coconut mixture to the drumstick and combine well. Just sprinkle 2 tbsp water and cook for 5 more minutes and stir well until water content completely evaporate. Adjust salt at this level.
Pour 1 tsp coconut oil and curry leaves on top and combine well. Serve along with rice.
Enjoy!! Happy Cooking and stay healthy.