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Murungakkai Thokku - Drumstick Thokku

Murungakkai thokku recipe made using drumstick pulp served as a side dish with rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3 servings


  • Murungakkai or Drumsticks - 6
  • Onion – 1
  • Tamarind – 1 small piece
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal -1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tsp


  • Trim the ends of the Murungakkai or drumstick and cut each one into 2 or 3 long pieces.
  • Heat a pan with 1 to 2 cups water. When it comes to a boil, add drumstick pieces, tamarind, turmeric powder, 2 pinch salt.
  • Let it cook over medium flame till the drumstick become soft.
  • Once cooled drain away excess water, discard the tamarind and remove the drumstick pieces on to a plate.
  • Open the drumstick and using a spoon scrape away the pulp along with the seeds and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add urad dal and roast till it becomes golden in color.
  • Add onion, curry leaves and sauté till the onion turns translucent.
  • Add the murungakkai pulp, red chili powder, sambar powder, salt and mix well.
  • Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes over low flame for the flavors to merge together.
  • Murungakkai thokku is ready to serve.
  • You can either serve this as a side dish with sambar or rasam rice or mix this thokku with rice and eat.