Sunday, 15 June 2014

Drumstick Cashew Nut Masala [Munakkaya Jeedipappu Masala] : Side Dish

Today I am sharing another simple side dish that would go well with rice. This is a rich and thus a very filling dish because of the presence of cashews - one of my favorite ingredient in my curries. Cashews give a different flavor to the curry and it makes the dish finger licking good. Its richness makes it an amazing dish even for kids. I had too many drumsticks with me and drumstick sambhar was boring so for a change I tried this and it was a super hit in my kitchen !

Drumstick Cashew Nut Gravy

  • Drumstick -1 
  • Onion [finely chopped] - 2 to 3
  • Cashews - 10 to 15
  • Green Chilly [slit length wise] - 2
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dhal - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Sambhar Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - To taste 
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  • Coriander [finely chopped] - To garnish

Cooking Method
  • Soak the cashews in water for 10 mins and grind it in to a fine paste. 
  • Take oil in a pan. Once the oil gets heated up add mustard. Once mustard splutters add urad dhal, curry leaves and slit green chillies.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry them until the raw smell goes. Now add the drumstick and stir it for a while.
  • Add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, sambhar powder, salt and give it a stir.
  • Add the cashew paste to the mixture along with a cup of water.
  • Now close it with a lid and let the drumstick cook with the cashew paste and masala. 
  • After the drumstick is cooked [5-10 mins] and the curry thickens, switch off the stove and garnish the dish with coriander leaves and cashews.

Total Preparation Time - 20 mins
Serves - 2 to 3

  • You can even make the cashew paste coarse if you like the nutty feeling in the masala. I prefer it to be a fine paste and thus made it in to a fine paste.
  • Sambhar powder is another favorite ingredient in all the south indian dishes I make. It gives amazing flavor to the dish. You can replace this with coriander powder too.
  • You can try the same dish with Brinjal / Egg Plant instead of Drumsticks.

If you make the curry too thick [let it cook for 5 more mins] then it would go well with rotis and dosas too. I have made this masala more watery and hence I loved it with rice.

♥ Aarthi ♥

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