Munaga Kaaya Tomato Kura – Drumstick Tomato Curry

Today’s curry is a simple, easy and typical Andhra dish that is sure to delight the tomato lover to the core. The delectable combination of fresh drumsticks with tarty tomatoes creates a heavenly aroma and tastes divine.

Drumsticks are cooked in a garlicy onion-tomato base with just chilli powder to spice it up. The natural sweet-tart flavor of tomatoes complements the sweetness of the drumsticks and the resultant curry is a fresh palate pleasing flavor. Makes a great curry with chapatis or rice.

Munagakaaya Tomato Curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  drumsticks


  •   2 drumsticks, remove skin, cut into 2" pieces, roast in a tsp of oil for 3-4 mts
  •   1 large onion, finely chopped
  •   2 tomatoes, finely chopped, heirloom work best!
  •   10-12 fresh curry leaves
  •   3-4 garlic cloves, slightly crushed
  •   pinch of turmeric pwd
  •   1 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust)
  •   salt to taste
  •   1/2 tsp grated jaggery (optional)
  •   1 tbsp coriander leaves
  •   1/2 tbsp oil

Method for making Munagakaaya Tomato Curry

Heat oil in a vessel. Add the crushed garlic and curry leaves and toss them for 8-10 seconds.
Add the onions and fry till translucent. Add the chilli pwd, turmeric pwd and salt. Combine well.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook on medium heat uncovered for 4-5 mts. Reduce heat, add the roasted drumsticks and cook covered for another 5 mts.
Add a glass of water, jaggery, adjust salt and cook covered till you get the desired gravy consistency.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot chapatis or rice.


  • sandeepa

    looks great, love drumsticks

  • Happy Cook

    I love drumsticks.
    The dish looks great

  • Deepa


    That looks yummyyyyy, just looking at those fat drumsticks makes me want to cry though….reminds me of mom’s delicious cooking and also of the big fat drumsticks in India which are so tasty…The ones you get in Colorado resemble the Natraj pencils in India, boo hoo:(
    And you are getting really good with your digi cam….it certainly shows in these pics:) Awesome stuff!

  • sreelu

    Sailu I love munaga kaya, I also make a variation with sesame seeds.pic makes me drool

  • Cynthia

    Sailu, I am sitting here with my head propped up by both my hands just staring at this picture. Okay, I moved my hands long enough to type this comment ๐Ÿ˜€ but the fact of the matter is that deep down, my soul longs for some drumstick curry. I can’t get drumsticks here in Barbados ๐Ÿ™

  • Raaga

    Have never mixed these two together!

  • Dev

    Hi Sailu,

    I made this drumstic curry today but had to add a few mushrooms as I didn’t have enough drumsticks… The dish turned out delicious… mushrooms & drumsticks goes well together…:) I did add a bit of kitchen king masala towards the end as I made it for chapathis & wanted it to be bit spicy… next time I buy drumsticks, I’ll try out the curry as per recipe…:)

    Thanks a lot for the simple,lovely recipe…:)

  • Linda

    Sailu, I followed my nose to the drumsticks here… would you please share a bowl with me?? It looks sooo yummy! :):)

  • Jyothsna

    I like the additon of tomato in this. we make it without the tomato and jaggery.

  • Deepthi

    Drumsticks fascinate my husband since he is newly introduced to it (he is an American). He loves the taste in the Sambar I make. I will try your curry recipe and I am sure he will love it. Thanks, Sailu!

  • Anu_Sachin

    drumsticks — we get such dehydrated ones here in the indian stores. I still remember seeing them hanging on trees at home and no sambhar was complete without it.Thanks Sailu.

  • Lissie

    hi sailu, what a beautiful picture! i love drumsticks…i will be visiting your site regularly. please do drop into my blog too.

  • Jaya

    Hi Sailu,

    I make drumstick with mustard & Garlic paste, adding tomatoes & other spices, it tastes awesome.My Hubby loves this dish.The gravy comes out thick in this way.

  • sivakumari

    hello sailu,

    mulakkada tomato koora ki anni ready chesi pettukunnanu kani enduko start chesemundu mi recipe chuddamani check chesanu. its the same recipe. your pictures are too good chala tempting ga vunnayandi.ippudu nenu chese koora ala vastundo ledu chudali. thank u so much for your lovely recipes

  • cristopher

    What are drumsticks ? Obviously a fruit or vegetable & not a chicken part. Where can I purchase drusticks ? Love your recipies