Monday 8 March 2010

Drum sticks (Saragwa) in yoghurt gravy.

Drum sticks (Saragwa) in yoghurt gravy-The fruit is a long, thin pod, resembling a drumstick.
(Interesting fact: wikepedia says Saragwa is a fruit not a vegetable)

In this dish, Saragwa sticks are cooked in a rich yoghurt gravy. The taste is tangy with a spicy kick.The best way to enjoy the dish is to split the drum sticks in half, dip in the gravy and eat the inner flesh and seeds with the gravy and discard the outer tougher skin.


4 drumsticks cut into 3 inch pieces (approx 12 pieces)

1 cup natural sour yoghurt
2 cups water
3 tablespoons besan (chick pea flour)
1 teaspoon garlic paste
4 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
4 green chillies finely chopped
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 red dried chilli
1 tablespoon fresh chopped coriander for garnish.
1 tablespoon sunflower oil


1. Wash and cut the drum sticks into 3 inch pieces.
2. Place in a steamer and steam till tender, alternately place in bowl with a little water and cook in microwave on high for 8-10 mins till tender. Keep aside

3. In the blender add the yoghurt, water, salt, turmeric, besan and blend together. Keep aside.
4. Heat the oil in a pan and when hot add the mustard seeds, and red dried chilli and curry leaves. Add the garlic and sauté taking care not to burn the garlic.
5. Add the yoghurt mixture and keep stirring for about 5-10 mins till the mixture thickens and the raw taste of besan is gone. (Consistency should be so that it coats the back of a spoon)You may need to add a little more water if gravy appears too thick.
6. Add the precooked drum sticks and the green chillies and chilli powder.
7. Cook for a further 5 mins stirring regularly to avoid gravy sticking to pan bottom.
8. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander.

Serve with hot rotis.

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  1. Great's been ages since I've seen fresh drumsticks..

  2. Hi Nayan

    sargva ni kadhi looks superb!! I love it too...I didn't know sargva comes in fruit category...learn't something new..

  3. I love sutti a lot.... & this yogurt version looks deliciously yummy to me...... I would love to try & savor it.... leke aapka naam.... :-)


  4. such a drumstick is very new for me.. its easy too.. thanks for sharing this Nithu!

  5. Looks so creamy and delicous..

  6. WOw that looks very tempting.

    We do use drumstick as one of the veggie in Avial which is made with Yogurt Sauce! They taste good with dhal dosa called Adai!

  7. Yummy..very new recipe..will give a try soon..

  8. Thats a new dish for me...looks awesome...

  9. looks so creamy and yyummyyyy:) Will pass on this recipe to a very dear friend of mine as she is a big drum sticks fan :)

  10. excellent combo..looks so creamy and yummy

  11. @jagruti even I didnt know saragwa was in fruit category till I researched wikepedia.So we live and learn.:)

  12. New 2 me.Luks very delicious&healthy too!tnx a lot 4 sharing

  13. Very different and unique dish with drumsticks...looks creamy and tasty :)

  14. A lovely dish!! so creamy and looks so yummy too :)

  15. Totally new to me, quite interesting dish, looks great....

  16. wow so beautiful, never tried making a yogurt gravy for drumsticks, very interesting one and surely sounds delicious as well

  17. wow so beautiful, never tried making a yogurt gravy for drumsticks, very interesting one and surely sounds delicious as well

  18. Sounds interesting !!!!

    Gravy looks creamy and delicious too :-)

  19. this curry looks absolutely divine, rich and thick with the druimsticks; that's something I should try!!

  20. Its new to me...Looks creamy and delicious.

  21. Very nice recipe with drumsticks... looks so creamy and delicious.

  22. Nayan,

    Curry looks delicious and creamy

  23. wow yummy dish...loved ur combo...nice recipe

  24. Adding drumstick to a kadhi base is new to me. I have loads of drumstick harvested from my backyard. Glad to have found another way to cook them.
    Mouthwatering pics.

  25. What an interesting dish. I have to admit that I haven't heard of drumsticks before

  26. Very new dish for me, looks very creamy..

  27. This is one vegetable that I miss in Brazil.. love this simple preparation with yogurt.


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