Drumsticks daal recipe

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Drumsticks or Moringa are hailed as a superfood. This tree grows easily even in arid conditions, and the slightly bitter flavor is savored by many in India.

Ingredients

  • 2 drumsticks
  • ½ cup split yellow pigeon peas (toor daal)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 Tbsp kanda lasoon masala or (equal parts dry onion powder + garlic powder +cayenne pepper)
  • 3 Tbsp danyacha koot or powdered roasted peanuts
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Pinch of hing or Asafetida
  • ½ tsp turmeric ground
  • ¼ tsp goda masala optional
  • 1 Tbsp jaggery or brown sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste
How to Make It
  1. Cut the drumsticks in 2 inch pieces. Cook drumsticks and daal in pressure cooker for just 1 or 2 whistles.
  2. Alternatively, use the stovetop method. This is a rustic dish so 30 minutes or so should be enough. You want the toor daal or pigeon peas to stay whole as shown in the picture and retain a slight bite.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds pop, add Asafetida, turmeric, and chopped garlic.
  4. Add the kanda lasoon or onion garlic spice mix and goda masala and the drumsticks. Gently mix with a spatula taking care not to break the sticks.
  5. Add 2-3 cups of water, jaggery and crushed peanuts.Bring to a boil. Add in the daal and simmer until mixture thickens and oil begins to separate from the sides.
  6. Season as needed and cook until the daal is soft enough for your taste. Serve hot with bhakri or rice.
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