Tamatar Moonge Ki Phalli Ka Salan ~ Tomato Drumstick Stir Fry

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By now, you may know I am a very impulsive cookbook buyer. Anything that catches my attention makes its way to my book collection. Most of the time I buy them through online sources, so usually it’s the reviews that get me through to the books. I must say that it has landed me into trouble by getting my hands onto really useless cookbooks. That’s a totally different matter…

 

The Jewels of Nizams” was one of my online purchases last year. I loved the way the book looked from the out, and then the phrase, “Recipes from the Khansamas of Hydrebad” really pushed me to get it through. The book is authored by Geeta Devi, whose other popular book is “Dastarkhan-e-Mughlai: 101 Easy to Cook Hyderabadi Recipes“. The book is done by Roopa Publications and the first edition released in 2013. In the introduction, the author does say while her initial book had more of well known Hydreabadi delicacies, this book has the lesser known delicacies that took shape from the kitchens of the Nawabs. I must say that the book truly sticks to some very rich and different food experience.

 

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The book has over 80 recipes, ranging from Gazak (starters), main course, rice, desserts and achars, with main focus being on the first two topics. I did find that there was no division between the non-vegetarian and the vegetarian dishes in the book, and moreover the emphasis is more on the former, as is known with Hyderabadi cooking. All recipes are mentioned by their traditional name with an English translation – one thing I feel should be a part of cookbooks especially if focusing on regional cuisine. I love the size of the book, it is very handy to go through and the clicks which are there are really good. The only disadvantage I would say is the thickness of the pages of the book, makes it very uncomfortable to use, though in the long run, it keeps the book as good as new. Also, there are only five dessert recipes, which I feel is too less, but for those who are looking at knowing more of starters and main course, there are plenty.

 

Going through the names, you may feel the recipes are complicated, but I found most of the recipes to be with very much available ingredients, with only some which may need additional purchasing like char magaz, chironji and khoa, which would anyway be there in a Hyderabadi kitchen. Some of the recipe I am really looking to try are the Biriyani Golkanda, Paneer Noorjahani, Aamras Ki Kofte and a very intriguing Anokhi Kheer – a kheer with white onion!

 

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Clockwise: Bharwa Murgh Leg, Tamatar Moonga Ki Phalli Sabzi, Biriyani Golkanda, Shahi Tukda

 

You all might be wondering – despite having such rich recipes in the book, why did I select this recipe? First of all, I have big fans of drumstick in my home. My girls love sucking through it and spitting off the outside. πŸ˜€ Also, I don’t have any recipe including this humble vegetable. When I saw this recipe in the book, I was astonished that this simple recipe is one of the best kept secrets. If you love the tangy tomato flavor, then this one is definitely for you.

 

This dry dish involves some deep frying of the drumsticks, but I didn’t do that. I sauteed it till soft and then drained it, to add it back to the curry at the end. We had it as side with rice, gravy and fish fry and all of us loved it. Normally we add this vegetable into our sambar, so this was a nice change and my girls really enjoyed it. My dish didn’t have much gravy as in the picture of the book but nevertheless tasted really good. I am sure this would be an easy side dish to have with chapathis as well. Hoping on to the recipe…

 

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5 from 2 votes

Tamatar Moonge Ki Phalli Ka Salan ~ Tomato Drumstick Stir Fry

Course Curry
Cuisine Hyderabadi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 3 drumsticks cut into small peices
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 inch pc ginger cut into stips
  • 4 to matoes pureed
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan. Splutter the cumin seeds.
  • Fry the onion till wilted. Add the ginger and saute till raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the powders and salt and saute for a minute. Add the pureed tomato and bring to a boil.
  • Add the drumsticks, sprinkle in a little water, and cook till the curry is dried and the drumsticks are cooked. Stir occassionally.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot as side for rice and curry or along with chapathis.

 

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  1. Love simple everyday dishes like this…but I must triple the portion!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. simple and easy and amazing colour recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Jaleelakka…

  3. I love this sabzi.. the drumstick flavour is so good.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shobhaji…

  4. I love tomato with drumstick. I often make it with panch phoran. And here I got one more recipe. Thanks for sharing. Dish looks superbly delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Lovely idea of making it with panch phoron, will try it next time… Thanks a lot Sujata…

  5. Love drumstick and tha Salan look so so flavourful, have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing bookmarking it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Soma…

  6. 5 stars
    I love cookbooks and got so many of them. I read them like novels and keep drooling over the pics! We are having a bumper crop of drumsticks in our backyard. I am definitely making this one.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I do the same too with cookbooks, I hardly cook from them! Thank you so much PJ…

  7. I usually make drumsticks with yogurt and besan curry. Your tomato one looks so so delicious. Bookmarked it. When we were young, my siblings and I would have a competition as to who has the. biggest pile of the drumstick skin. That way we learnt to relish drumsticks.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The same thing happens with my girls too, they want to have the maximum drumsticks so how much ever I make, it is not enough… Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  8. We make great use of drumsticks in the south but this tomato-based curry is new to me. I will also look up the recipe book you have reviewed.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Aruna…

  9. I use a coconut base to make my drumsticks. This recipe seems to be the one I will be sticking with as we are cutting down coconut.Thanks

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archanaji…

  10. In my family nobody like drumsticks but I love to eat but this recipe is looks super delicious, now this is on my to-do list.. thanks for sharing this beautiful post

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jolly…

  11. At first sight I read it moong fali and then when I saw there is no peanuts in the recipe – I read again. Thats drum stick. This simple dish makes for a excellent side dish for a veg meal

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jyoti…

  12. Even I read the same like Jyoti and was looking for groundnuts πŸ˜‰ Loved the colour of the dish. I prepare the same except ginger slices.. Will try adding it next it. I am sure it would have given a lovely taste.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  13. Lovely recipe dear.. Generally I make drumstick curry with besan .. will surely try this version too. Looks so tempting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruchi…

  14. Hahaha, even I thought you have used peanuts in your recipe! as I read moonge ki phalli πŸ™‚ In my house ONLY I enjoy eating drumsticks. Tomato and drumstick curry sounds delicious and fairly easy recipe to follow.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jagruti… I copied the same name as mentioned in the book though I did get confused too… πŸ™‚

  15. Sounds easy and the colour is very vibrant and inviting. I love tomato based curries with both rice and roti. The book is a good find and the recipe definitely a keeper!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Maria…

  16. I had made this kind veggie once, it was good. I too use drumsticks in rasam and sambar.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  17. 5 stars
    I never knew drumsticks were called moonge ki phali. but the curry with tomato looks and sounds very interesting. I shall try it soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  18. Amazing share dear..i wish I could get some fresh drumsticks to make this dish..looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lathiya…

  19. Comfort curry for the season.. the colour looks appealing..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujitha…

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