Jumping into what motivated me for this drumstick dal. During the end of the shopping week, we generally have only a few vegetables left. And during those times deciding upon what to cook is such a big task. This happened to me quite recently, and I was left with a few staples, and additionally I had drumstick. So quite naturally, I decided to make drumstick sambhar. But as soon as I said that, everyone at home had their fair share of complaints regarding having the same old “boring” sambhar. Drumstick is quite a regular in our household, with my Drumstick Kuzhambu and Drumstick Gravy.

Obviously now I had to improvise and search for something different to make. Thats when I found out about this drumstick dal. It sounded quite simple and easy, but at the same time very different from what we usually make. I made this with a cabbage and carrot poriyal, and my entire lunch was done cooking in about an hour. A very wholesome meal.

Why so much Drumstick now ?

Coming to drumstick, and why it is a regular at home. Drumstick (Moringa) is considered a superfood. And it is one of the best foods for building immunity. Taking into the current scenario, we have been making a lot of drumsticks lately. Additionally, drumstick is also very helpful in regulating blood sugar and blood-pressure, so it is very good for people with diabetes and heart issues. Moreover, it is also rich in vitamins A, and B which help in maintaining good skin. In all, it is a wholesome plant of which each part can be consumed for multiple health benefits. Lately, moringa tea, soup and such powders are becoming increasingly famous(they are quite expensive too). Check out my other drumstick recipes.


Prep Time10 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: dal, drumstick
Yield: 5 People


  • 1/2 Cup Toor dal Thuvaram Paruppu in Tamil
  • 3 Drumsticks Cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1 Large onion Finely chipped
  • 1 Large tomato Finely chopped
  • 2 Green chillies slit vertically
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt To taste

For grinding to a paste

  • 1/4 Cup Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 Medium sized onion Chopped
  • Few curry leaves


  • Pressure cook toor dal in 1 cup water with a little turmeric powder for 3 whistles and keep it aside.
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  • Take coconut in a blender and add the other ingredients given under grinding. Add little water and blend it to a smooth paste.
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  • Take a vessel. Add 2 cups of water. Add the drumstick pieces along with a little salt. Boil it till the drumsticks are 3/4th done.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter.
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  • Add green chilly and ginger and saute for 1 minute.
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  • Add the onions and saute till they become soft and translucent.
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  • Now add the tomatoes and mix well.
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  • Add salt and cook till the tomatoes turn soft.
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  • Add the ground paste and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for five minutes stirring often.
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  • Now add the cooked drumsticks along with the water. Allow the gravy to come to a boil.
  • Now add the cooked dal and boil till the gravy thickens. The dal is ready for serving.
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