Last Updated : May 30,2024

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What is drumstick, saijan ki phalli?

Sometimes referred to as a bean, this long, rigid pod grows on a tree. Its hard, green outer covering is rigid enough to earn its common name of drumstick.

They are a popular ingredient in vegetable curries. These long, slender pods are tricky for those not brought up to eat them. The only portion consumed is the soft, almost jelly-like interior in which the seeds are embedded. The seeds, too, are nice to eat if the beans are young, but a drumstick is never young enough to eat the outer skin. Simmered in lightly salted water for 7-10 minutes they make good eating - but discard the outer skin after scooping out the pulp.

Also known as

Saijan ki phalli, saragavo

Chopped drumstick
Wash and clean the drumstick thoroughly. Chop off the top a bit and partially peel it with knife itself. Chop them into finger length pieces of equal size and use it in curries, sambhar or make a vegetable out of it.
Drumstick pieces
To get pieces from drumsticks, first string them using a sharp knife. Cut each drumstick into long pieces using a sharp knife as per the recipe requirement. These pieces can be used to make curries, can be added to sambhar etc. Also, one can slit these pieces lengthwise and add to variety of dishes or can be used to make subzis etc.

How to select drumstick, saijan ki phalli

Look for smooth, greenish skin on the pods. While most drumsticks have slight bumps indicating where the seeds are, avoid those which have pronounced bumps and attenuated spaces in between. These have reached an age and a stage where the flavour will be strong and rather bitter, and the seeds, instead of being pleasantly crunchy and tender, will be hard and dry.

Culinary Uses of drumstick, saijan ki phalli in Indian Cooking

· Appetizing, when cut peeled and into finger lengths and cooked in spicy gravy.
· At a formal meal, the shell of a piece of drumstick is split open with spoon and fork, and the spoon used to scrape out the succulent interior with all its delicious flavour. During family meals the preferred method is to pick up the section of drumstick with the fingers and scrape away the soft centre with the teeth. The woody exterior is also chewed to extract flavour and then discarded on the side of the plate.
· Sambhar made with lentils and vegetables is the most loved side dish for rice or dosas or idli's in southern India.
· Sliced, young green pods can be used in savory and meat dishes.
· Though many would like to stick to its use in curries, sambhar, kormas, and dals, it is a surprise vegetable, which also makes tasty cutlets, etc.
· Tender drumstick, finely chopped, makes an excellent garnish for any veggies, dals, sambhar, salads, etc.
· If the pulp has to be scraped out after cooking the sticks, then keep the pieces as long as 4-5 inches long. Also do not scrape the skin before boiling. This will help to hold and scrape them easier and with lesser mess.

How to store drumstick, saijan ki phalli

Drumstick may be stored, wrapped in paper or plastic bag, in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for a day or two, but like most vegetables, the sooner they are consumed the better they will taste.

Health benefits of drumstick, saijan ki phalli

Drumsticks being low in calories and low in carbs, you can enjoy it in the quantity you want. The high fiber  in drumsticks helps to manage and prevent many diseases like DiabetesHeart DiseaseHigh Cholesterol by adding bulk and releasing the sugar slowly into the blood stream. Drumstick is super rich in Vitamin C is and antioxidants. See detailed benefits of drumsticks.  See all 8 Health Benefits of Drumstick

Nutritional Value of Chopped drumstick, saijan ki phalli

1 cup of chopped drumstick is about 160 g
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy - 42 calories
Protein – 4 g
Carbohydrate – 5.92 g
Fat – 0.16 g
Fiber – 9.2 g

Vitamins :
192 mg of Vitamin C = 480 % of RDA (about 40 mg)
176 mcg of Vitamin A = 3.66 % of RDA (about 4800 mcg)
0.08 mg of Vitamin B1 = 5 % of RDA (about 1.2 to 1.6 mg for men)

44.8 mg of Magnesium = 12.8% of RDA (about 350 mg)
176 mg of Phosphorus = 29.3% of RDA (about 600 mg)
414 mg of Potassium = 8.8% of RDA (about 4700 g)

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