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Drumstick Thokku / Murungakkai Thokku

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My neighbour gave me few drumsticks which she picked from her backyard. They are big, tender and with full of flesh. Just after seeing that, I remember a recipe using drumsticks from Sashiga’s place that I bookmarked a month before.

When I asked her what was the pickle from the picture(The picture was for Coconut sambol recipe and she clicked with drumstick pickle) she posted in her blog, she shared the recipe immediately. After trying her Instant lemon pickle recipe, I become fan of her pickle recipes. As a next recipe, I tried this thokku and it didn’t go wrong. I tried it twice in a week time, one with onion and the other without onion. Both tasted good, but if you ask me, I give first preference to the pickle without onion. It paired well with idly, dosa, rice, roti and parathas. I tasted it with slice of bread too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Overall, It is good recipe to try and taste.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 1 and 1/2 cups


Drumsticks – 5 nos, medium size

Shallots / Pearl onion / Small onion / Chinna vengayam – 1 cup

Oil – 3 tablespoons

Asafoetida –  1/8 the teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon or as required

Salt – to taste

Turmeric powder – a big pinch

Roasted fenugreek powder – a big pinch

Tamarind – a lemon size ball, soaked in 3 tablespoons of warm water for 15 minutes


1) Choose tender and pulpy drumstick for preparing this thokku. Cut drumstick into 3 inch length pieces.

2) Wash and pressure cook it with a cup of water for 2 whistles. Once the steam suppresses from it, strain the water and cool the drumsticks to the room temperature.

3) Split the drumstick and scoop out the pulp of the drumstick along with seeds. Keep it aside.

4) Put the small onions in a mixer and just pulse it so that we can get coarse paste of it. Mix this with drumstick and keep aside.

5) Heat oil in pan. Add onion and drumstick mixture to it.

6) Fry for few minutes till the raw smell of onion goes off.

7) Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Let it cook for 3 minutes.

8) Squeeze out the juice from the tamarind pulp. You get a thick tamarind paste.

9) Add this tamarind paste. Mix well. continue cooking till the oil oozes out from the sides of the pan. Make sure to stir at frequent interval to avoid burning.

10) At last, add roasted fenugreek powder and asafoetida. Turn the flame off.


1) This thokku can also be prepared without onion. You can also remove seeds and prepare thokku without that.

2) This thokku tasted good when it is fresh. Since the drumsticks are pressure cooked, it has moisture which reduces the shelf life of it. Keep in refrigerator for longer shelf life.

3) I used only 3 tablespoon of oil. If you wish, you can add more oil for additional taste. Add mustard seeds for seasoning if you prefer.

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my mum used to do it.. after seeing this I am craving for it..


nice recipe ! i will try to make it.

Deepa G Joshi

wow..would be so tasty..especially the small it..


Nice pictorial Uma! Thokku looks yummy!


Wow never know that thickly can be prepared with drumstick… Very interesting one.. Adorable clicks


Am drooling.. Lovely recipe.. And as usual awesome pics…

Menaga Sathia

Never failed to prepare this thokku whenever i buy fresh drumstick,mostly prefer with rice n dosa,u prepare it very well,thxs for trying it!!

Suja Manoj

Never tried thkku with drumsticks,interesting recipe Uma.


Wow! So delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reshmi Mahesh

Never tried this thokku…Looks so yumm and nicely explained uma..

Priya Suresh

Fingerlicking thokku, packed with flavors..

Sangeetha M

Its our family fav recipe Uma ๐Ÿ™‚ thooku looks inviting…nice clicks as always !!


its absolutely a new recipe to me though have made drumstick soup.. will give this a try for sure..


Never tried this thokku…Looks so yumm and inviting..

Saraswathi Ganeshan

Uma, it been years to see this fresh drumsticks, we use frozen one here and luckily we will get some fresh but it won't be like one you have shown..Any how I need to go to India to try this lovely thokku..You tempted me lot with your clicks and thanks for sharing dear..