How To Use Drumsticks?

   |  Updated: November 24, 2017 10:30 IST

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How To Use Drumsticks?
Highlights
  • Drumstick, popularly known as Moringa is a nutrient rich food
  • It is still finding a place in North Indian cuisine
  • The tree, its pods, flowers and the stem, are all therapeutic in nature
Drumstick, popularly known as Moringa is one of the most nutrient rich foods ever, thanks to the many health benefits it provides. The tree, its pods, flowers and the stem, are all known to be therapeutic in nature and have quite a few medicinal properties to offer. The presence of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants make it a healthful food. While it already makes for a popular veggie in South India, it is still finding a place in North Indian cuisine. If you haven't already added drumsticks to your diet, don't worry, we give you several interesting options to add it regularly and stay healthy. Take a look!

1. Add it to soups



Drumsticks and its leaves are almost equivalent when it comes to health promoting properties. They don't lose their effectiveness when dried or boiled. Both of them can be used in soups. While making a bowlful of your favourite soup, just add the drumstick and moringa leaves and let the soup soak all the goodness before taking them out. You can add both dried and fresh drumsticks.
 

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Drumsticks and its leaves are almost equivalent when it comes to health promoting properties​

2. Make drumstick pickles



Move over mango pickles and lemon pickles; instead try the drumstick pickle that would be hard to miss. You can make pickle using masalas like methi, mustard seeds, asafetida, tamarind, garlic, turmeric powder and salt, vinegar, refined oil and sesame oil. We bet you wouldn't want to switch to mangoes and lemons ever again.
 

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Move over mango pickles and lemon pickles; instead try the drumstick pickle​

3. Add it in curries and dals



Like most South Indian dishes, you can add all the goodness of drumsticks to mutton and chicken curries; also the next time you prepare any dal at home, add 2-3 drumsticks. These drumsticks add alight crunch to your dishes without spoiling the taste and flavour.
 

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Like most South Indian dishes, you can add all the goodness of drumsticks to mutton and chicken curries​

4. Make drumstick smoothie



Yes, you read that right! Dried drumstick and moringa leaf powder can make amazing smoothies too. Add them in any of your favourite fruit smoothie and make the most of the healthy veggie. The additional green hue will make your smoothie a bit more appealing.
 

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Dried drumstick and moringa leaf powder can make amazing smoothies too​

5. Drumstick tea



Dried drumstick infused tea is a healthy decoction you can prepare at home. All you need to do is take about 3-4 dry drumsticks and add them to boiling water and let it soak for about a minute or two. Add some honey to it and drink like any other herbal tea.
 

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Dried drumstick infused tea is a healthy decoction you can prepare at home​

6. Masala drumstick vegetable



Keep your aloo gobhi and matar aloo aside and opt for masaledar drumstick sabji and enjoy it like any other vegetable with dal and roti or chawal. Use this vegetable in any of your favourite masalas and voila! You are good to go.
 

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Keep your aloo gobhi and matar aloo aside and opt for masaledar drumstick sabji

Apart from these, whenever you cook South Indian dishes like Sambhar, avial or any other dish, you can always add a couple of drumsticks to enhance the flavour of your delicacies.


 

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