Drumstick Greens Rice

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   Ready to serve Drumstick greens rice

This one is Drumstick /Nugge/Mashingasanga  in English, Kannada and konkani respectively.  This vegetable is somewhat unique and not the most versatile. However, it goes selectively into dishes providing a provides a special something to the flavor of the dish. It is a good combination with Egg plant, and also the popular South Indian Sambar!  In this post however, I am using the greens of this vegetable ( see photo below) as the main source of flavor in this rice dish. You can think of dish as a variation of the more popular Methi pulav – both the leaves by themselves are a bit bitter but makes for a great pulav nevertheless.

Give this a shot – you may never have had anything made out of these leaves before, which is one more reason to try this one ! ( And no, this is not the first time I am using Drumstick greens – old-timers might recall this recipe from nearly 4 years ago – Drumstick Greens Paratha !)

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4

What you need to have:

1. Basumati rice – 1 Cup

2. Drumstick greens – 2 cups

3. Chopped Ridge gourd – 1/2 cup

4. Chopped Capsicum – 1/2 cup

Basumati Rice washed & drainedKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFresh Drumstick greensKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChopped veggiesKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients of Seasoning    

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Chopped onions – 1 cup

2. Chopped Tomatoes – 1/4 cup

3. Coconut milk – 1 Cup(thick)

4. Raisins and Cashew – a handful

5. Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 Teaspoon

6. Garam masala powder – 1 /2 Teaspoon

7.  Chilli  powder – 1 Teaspoon

8. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

9. Salt – To taste

10. Cooking oil – 2 Tablespoons

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from Basumati rice and keep aside.

2. Wash and chop Capsicum and  remove the ridges of the gourd and chop.

3. Wash, peal and chop onions lengthwise. Chop tomatoes and cashews.   Also extract coconut milk from fresh grated coconut.

4.  Place a cooker with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated add cumin seeds to it. When it splutters, add chopped tomatoes and fry till done.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChopped tomatoes being fried in oil

5. When the contents are fried, add chopped onions from step 2 and salt as per taste. Fry till transparent.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                           Onions being fried in oil

6. When done, add all powders and ginger-garlic paste and fry till you get a pleasant aroma.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                         Ginger-Garlic paste and powders being added to seasoning

7. When done, add chopped veggies and also fresh drumstick greens  from step 1 and just stir for a while.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                     Drumstick greens , chopped veggies being added to seasoning

8. Finally add Basumati rice to it and just fry for a minute.  Add coconut milk and water to the dish. Check for salt and close the lid of the cooker and cook for about 20 minutes.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABasumati rice being addedKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACoconut milk being added to the dish

9. When done just transfer it to a serving dish and enjoy with salad or even plain or with plain curds.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                               Ready to serve Drumstick greens rice

Good to remember:

1. Tender Drumstick greens is the best option ofor this dish.

2. Veggies like French Beans too can be used .

3. Both thick and the second light coconut milk also can be used.


5 thoughts on “Drumstick Greens Rice

    Priya said:
    June 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Fantastic and super tempting rice, makes me drool.

    JananiRCC said:
    July 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Love this rice variety

    Rashmi said:
    July 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I had always seen Drumstick leaves in the Indian store and wondered what others used it for. Now I know! Thanks for this great recipe. I just now made it for lunch and it turned out super tasty. The bitterness of the leaves had vanished in the end, which was my main concern. I also made some modifications including frying 4 green chillies along with the onions and using french beans and peas as I didn’t have Ridge gourd or capsicum at home. And I used long grain rice instead of Basmati and it still tasted good 🙂 Tasted real good with Hapla and Sandige!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Hi Rashmi,

      We even make spicy dosas for lunch as a side dish. I have also put up Drum stick greens paratha.

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