Murungaikai Vadai – Drumstick Lentil Fritters

My Uncle from my native village visited us a week back. His backyard has the tastiest drumsticks I have ever eaten. Very long and plump and the flesh will melt in your mouth. When drumsticks are abundant Amma will settle down for drumstick vadas. Its a rare snack as it takes a long time to prepare but every bite is worth the effort. But we used to get the drumstick abundance only once or twice in a year.

With a cup of tea or coffee these goes well as a snack but can be a great side for kalanda sadam like lemon rice, tomato rice or puliodarai.

Without much ado I am jumping into the recipe now…

Murungaikai vadai


Drumstick pulp (procedure to take out the pulp follows) – 1 cup (This would require 2-3 feet long and 1-2 inch thick plump fresh drumsticks of 10 nos)

Chana dal – 1.5 cup

Red chillies – 5

Somb – 1 tea spoon

Ginger grated – 1 tea spoon

Salt – as required

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Peanut oil for deep frying

How to make it ?

Soak the chana dal for 1 hour. Cut the drumstick into 3 inch pieces and boil it in water with a pinch of salt till fork tender. Let it cool. Take one piece of drumstick and open it and using a fork and a spoon holding one end of the drumstick piece with a fork remove the flesh using the spoon.

Repeat till all the flesh is removed. For the above mentioned quantity you will get approximately 1 cup of flesh.

In a mixie grind the soaked chana dal with all other ingredients to a coarse paste. First grind the red chilles, somb, curry leaves to a coarse paste and add the soaked chana dal and operate the mixie in buzz mode for 1 or two times. It will become a coarse paste. Check for salt and adjust accordingly. Now mix the drumstick flesh with this a make a thick batter.

Heat the peanut oil in w wide thick bottom vessel till smoking hot. Take one tablespoon of the batter and drop it in the hot oil. It will flatten a bit on its own and let it fry turning now and then until it becomes golden and crisp. Serve hot as a side for a variety rice or as a snack with tea or coffee!


8 comments on “Murungaikai Vadai – Drumstick Lentil Fritters

  1. Very new to me.. looks innovative and delicious.. thanks for the wonderful recipe.. nice clicks!!

  2. Rare indeed, I’ve never heard of these vadais. Where have you been?

  3. Lovely lovely vadas, Fresh juicy drumsticks are a treat indeed and these vadas are doubly delicious.

    Good to see you back.

  4. A new kind of vada to me. When I had abundant drumsticks, I made soup with the flesh. Next time, I am sure going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Nirmala

    Love the new look. Have never had drumstick vadas. I love tender drumsticks though.

  6. Ahhhhhhh You kidding me !!!! I love them. My mom used to make it. I’ve never tried it. Gotta try it sometime. Love the new design it looks Very Elegant..

  7. That must be a flavorful one than the usual vada,nice recipe!

  8. Nirmala, the idea of using the yummy and completely healthy drumstick in a favourite food, vadai, is very healthy and wholesome. The right way to great health is by eating healthy and avoiding unhealthy snacks, and eating balanced and nutritious meals. Check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/ for expert tips on healthy eating habits.

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