Drumstick Brinjal Kara Kuzhambu/Curry – A Quick Make!

Drumstick Brinjal kara kuzhambu recipe: My mom prepares this curry so often as its easy to make and doesn’t take much of your time. I like the flavour that drumstick adds to the curry. It tastes best with rice. I don’t prefer this as a side for idli or dosa.

drumstick curry



1 medium sized onion(finely chopped)
1 & 1/2 medium sized tomato(blended into purée)
1 drumstick(cut into two inch pieces)
2 small Brinjal (quartered)
Lemon size tamarind ( soaked in water and juice extracted)
1 tblspn chilli powder
1 tblspn coriander powder
1/2 tspn turmeric powder
6-7 garlic pods(crushed)
1 stalk of curry leaves
1 tspn mustard seeds
1/2 tspn fenugreek seeds
2 red chilly


1. Heat 2 tbl spn oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds to splutter. Then add red chillies, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, crushed garlic and sauté for a minute.

2. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown.

3. Then add the tomato puree and sauté for 2 minutes. Now add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and the tamarind juice. Add 1/2 cup water and let the gravy boil in medium flame.

4. Meanwhile heat 1 tspn oil in a pan and roast the brinjal for a minute or so.

5. Now add the brinjal & drumstick to the boiling gravy.

6. Let it get cooked in medium flame with closed lid for another 10 minutes. Switch off the stove.

7. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Happy cooking!


3 thoughts on “Drumstick Brinjal Kara Kuzhambu/Curry – A Quick Make!

  1. We had a drumstick tree when we lived in Vellore (Tamil Nadu). Back then we were unaware that the leaves could also be used. My only access to drumsticks now are the tinned ones occasionally sold in Indian grocery stores. I always considered drumstick curry a treat.

    1. Drumstick leaves sambar tastes excellent.. We could also make drumstick leaves stir fry just like you do with the vegetables…since the leaves are little bitter, grated coconut or dal would be added at the end to stir fry… When we were very small, my mom used to make home made ghee – when she melts the butter, she would add few sprigs of these leaves for flavour.. The aroma would be so good.. It would fill the entire house..Then she removes leaves and gives to us to eat.. The ghee roasted leaves tastes absolutely great… The only difficult part is in cleaning the leaves…

      1. Very interesting! I wish I could get some seeds. I would try to grow a drumstick tree in the house. It would never survive the cold winters here outside. I would grow it just for the occasional use of the leaves. It would obviously never actually produce drumsticks indoors.

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