Kathirikkai Murungakkai Pirattal/Brinjal and Drumstick Curry

In summer we get lot of drumsticks and raw mango,ripen mango and the house will be filled with the aroma of dishes with these veggies.As we have both the trees in our garden back in India,my mom makes drumstick and mango sambhar or this pirattal often in season.
Pirattal is kind of curry can be made with or without coconut paste which goes very well with rasam and curd rice or it can be mixed with the white rice.Either way it tastes good,back in India its a seasonal veggie but here in US its available throughout the year in the frozen aisle.Here fresh drumstick is a rare vegetable and its very expensive in season itself,so always use the frozen one.But nothing beats the flavor and the taste of fresh drumstick.Here is the recipe................................


Small round brinjal(Sliced lengthwise)5-6nos.
Drumstick/murungaikkai(2 inch pieces)15-17nos.
Onion(finely chopped)2nos.(medium size)
Tomato(finely chopped)1no.(large size)
Garlic/poondu(thinly sliced) 6-7cloves

Sambhar powder
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1/2tsp
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs
Curry leaves(chopped)2 sprigs
Fennel seeds/sombhu/2tsp

Heat the pan with oil and crackle the fennel seeds,follows onion and curry leaves,saute it for a minute then add the sliced garlic.Fry it till it becomes golden then add the tomato and cook it till mushy.

Then add the sliced brinjal and saute it for a minute or two now add the drumstick pieces and fry it,then add the sambhar powder,chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt.

Mix it well till everything blends,add a cup of water and cook it covered in a medium flame for 6-7 minutes,stir in between.Once the vegetables are almost cooked keep it in a high flame for a minute and the coriander leaves,mix it well.Put off the fire.

Pirattal is ready.
  • If you want to use coconut pate add it along with the sambhar powder,just 2 tbs of the paste would be enough for this given amount.
  • Add 2 tsp of oil if the curry is dry and gets stick to the pan.
  • If frozen drumsticks are used then half cook it in the microwave or boiling water with a pinch of salt.
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delicious recipe and look yumm and lovely combo :)

Mouthwatering here... Love this combination of veggie...

nice inviting dish... i too make same with mangaa...

I can enjoy simply this pirattal with a bowl of rice and papads,no need of any dal or gravy for me..Beautifully done Nalini.

i also add potato nalini.. excellent preparation..

Very interesting recipe , bookmarked it

We had drumstick tree in the backyard too in India.. Here we rarely get to eat fresh drumstick..Anyways, coming to the recipe, Pirattal looks delicious.. Both are my favorite veggies.. Beautiful clicks, Nalini.. :)

Hi5 Nalini :) same story at my mom's place too, summer two months' lunch menu used to be with drumstick/mango combo only...this pirattal is my most fav...u have done it so well...looks way inviting!

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I am sure it is an eggplant lover's treat!

Wow this is new to me. Love the curry.

I love brinjal curry but haven't tasted it with drumstick. I hope to one day. Thanks for sharing your scrumptious recipe!

Looks spicy n tempting n new combo really.

Wow that is delicious.. so perfect with pulao or roti!! looks so homey!!
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Super tasty and inviting preparation.

Yummy combination. I've never tried eggplant & drumstick before.. Will try soon.

Very interesting recipe...love drum sticks...even my daughter carries the drumsticks from here.

Thank you for the step wise tutorial. Learnt something new today

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I am new to cooking and this recipe came out awesome, my wife loved it!

Loved this recipe, tried it a couple of times and it was a hit every time, thanks much for the recipe.

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