Drumstick and Potato Avial

Moringa a.k.a drumstick is considered a superfood and has been an important part of the cuisine in Southern India. Drumstick is one of those vegetables where every part can be put to good use. The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, and flowers are used in traditional medicine. The leaves and drumsticks are a significant source of Vitamin C and rich in minerals like iron. This makes it an amazing addition to the diets of children and pregnant women. A common drumstick dish in India is avial. Here is a type of avial, which uses only potatoes and drumsticks as the vegetables. Enjoy 🙂


  • Prep time – 15 minutes
  • Cook time – 20 minutes


  • Long Drumsticks (Cut into 2-inch pieces and then slit them in half) – 2
  • Medium Sized Potatoes (Peeled and cut into lengthwise 2-inch pieces) – 2
  • Red Onion (Sliced) – 1
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  • Tamarind Paste – 1/8 tsp (OPTIONAL)
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Indian Green Chilly – 2
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 15
  • Dry Red Chillies – 2
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a pot on medium heat. Add the drumstick, potato, onions, water, salt and turmeric. Cook until the potato is completely cooked through
  2. In a grinder, grind the coconut with cumin seeds and green chillies
  3. Add this to the cooked veggies and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Add the tamarind paste and mix
  5. Turn off the stove
  6. Meanwhile, heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and dry red chillies. Pour this over the veggies, cover and let it stand for 10 minutes 
  7. Serve warm with rice and fish curry 🙂



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