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Friday, June 20, 2014

Yellow Drumstick Curry ( Murangatholhi Kirugardhiya )

Kirugardhiya, is a very mild curry, and a delicious one . Its a great favorite of kids and grown ups alike, there are different kinds of kirugardhiya, one with potatoes, breadfruit etc. This one is made using drumsticks , NO NOT CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS !!, this is the bean of the Morainga tree, They look like long  sticks.

The Morainga bean or drumsticks need to be cleaned, just scrape the out side with a  sharp knife, cut the ends, and then cut into large pieces, these can be frozen after cleaning till you need them. It is boiled and then the seeds scrapped out and used for making fish sambals or mas huni . The outside is usually thrown away after you eat the inside , just scrap the inside with a spoon or between your teeth, its quite fun.

Recipe : Murangatholhi Kirugardhiya ( Yellow Drumstick Curry)

4 drumsticks , skin scraped and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 medium onion , sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 inch ginger, grated
1-2 green chillies slit in half  (optional)
1/2 tsp tumeric
8-10 curry leaves
3" pandan leaf cut into large pieces
1 cup canned coconut milk
4-5 bilinbi( quatered) , or unripe green mangoes( peeled and sliced thinly) or 1/2 lime
2 cups water
1 ( about 150g) smoked tuna fillet (  optional), sliced

1. In a  small saucepan  or small pot, add   onion, garlic, ginger,  chillies and bilimbi/mango ( if available) , curry leaves, and pandan leaf.  Add a pinch of salt and tumeric powder and a little squeeze of lime juice and mix well with your fingers.

2. In a measuring jug or a regular mug, mix 1/2 cup of coconut milk with 2 cups of water and pour this into the saucepan or pot.

3. Place the pan over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Once it starts to simmer, add tuna slices and drumstick and cook over a low heat ( or the coconut milk will  curdle) till the drumstick is cooked through and softened.

4. Taste adjust salt and add remaining 1/2 cup coconut milk cook 1 more minute. If you are not using any bilimbi or green mangoes squeeze a little more lime juice and then switch off and serve with plain cooked rice and a nice salad.


  1. Delicious drumstick curry..... Lovely color !!

  2. Morainga beans are new to me, Nammi. This looks very appetizing and delicious.


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