Apart from raving about the beauty of a handsome drumstick tree in my garden , i keep clicking pictures of the birds who find the tree a nice place to hop on to .... the squirrels keep thronging the tips of the branches for the flowers or the tender drumsticks i guess . The sun birds pick into the flowers for some other things . They instinctively know what is good for them .
I am delighted with the leftovers in this case . A few of the tender drumsticks dangle above my head luring me to pluck them , the flowers have a nice aroma so i can't resist myself... Plucked a bunch today and made a nice subzi . The husband liked it very much ... a rare event when a healthy sounding subzi is liked , and i am happy...this one he liked more than the drumstick flowers curry posted earlier....
You are going to love this tender drumstick subzi . This is something your guests will rave about and ask for a recipe . Tender drumsticks and drumstick flowers are not easy to lay your hands on so the exotic appeal is justified well with this flavorful subzi . Need i say it is quick ....you know all my stir fries confirm to this criterion at least.
tender drumsticks chopped in small pieces 1 cup
drumstick flowers picked clean 1 cup
sliced red onions 1 cup
sliced tomatoes 1 cup
red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
black pepper powder 1/2 tsp
fennel powder 2 tsp
salt to taste
mustard oil 1 tbsp
Heat oil in a pan and throw in the sliced onions . Fry for a few seconds as the onion slices get coated with oil , there is no need to brown them. The sweetness of the onions needs to be preserved this way.
Add the sliced tomatoes and salt , red chilly powder and the fennel powder . Stir fry till the tomatoes start sweating .
Add the chopped tender drumsticks and flowers , mix well and put a lid on the pan There is no need to add water to the subzi as there is enough moisture to cook the tender vegetable . If the drumsticks are not very tender you can add them along with the tomatoes and sprinkle some water to prevent the subzi from sticking to the base of the pan .
After about 3-5 minutes of cooking , the subzi looks like mushy mix . Add the black pepper powder and fry some more , mashing the mixture of you like the way it looks in the picture...
Serve hot with chapatis or as a side . A bowl of raita or plain curds will be great as an accompaniment.
Taste the subzi after finishing cooking , if your drumsticks are on the bitter side you may like to add some amchoor powder , but if your tomatoes are of good quality , they will take care of this problem while cooking itself...