Drumstick Dal

Drumstick is known by shevaga in Marathi, shajan in Hindi, murungai in Tamil, muringnga in Malayalam and munagakaya in Telugu. Drumsticks regulate blood sugar levels, help improve digestive health, are great for developing stronger bones, help purify the blood, relieve respiratory disorders, and boost immunity.


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen drumstick pieces
  • 2 cups Toor dal
  • 1 cup peeled and sliced potato (optional)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 3-4 fried red chili
  • 1 tbsp Sambar masala powder
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp Hing
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Jaggery- optional


  • Wash, drain, add water and turmeric powder to Toor dal and cook in a pressure cooker or instant pot
  • Keep aside
  • Take a cooking pot, add oil/ghee, and heat it
  • Once it is hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them crackle
  • Add hing, curry leaves, and dried red chilies and fry them

  • Add sliced onions and saute until they turn translucent
  • Add sliced potatoes, mix well and add turmeric powder, sambar powder, and salt and mix well
  • Once potato pieces become soft, add tomato pieces
  • Cook well until tomato pieces soften
  • Then add drumstick pieces and tamarind pulp
  • After 1-2 minutes, add ½ cup water and mix well
  • Cook well until the drumstick cooks well
  • Lastly, add cooked dal

  • Add water to get the desired consistency
  • Add jaggery if you are planning to
  • Adjust the salt
  • Cook the dal until oil starts separating
  • Serve hot with rice.

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