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Drumstick Flower Cutlet (Maska Phulla Phodi)

We find drumstick tree in garden of almost each and every house in our area. They provide full iron and so used by everybody especially women to supliment their need of nutritional iron. This is drumstick season. We use the flowers and leaves in konkani cooking along with drumsticks.

Drumstick flowers are used to prepare cutlets. My kids used to love these. Many of our neighbors and relatives used to give us these flowers, freshly plucked from the tree.

Also check cabbage vada.

1 cup drumstick flowers
1 cup Shredded coconut (fresh/frozen)
1/2 cup toor dal
2 tea spn rice (uncooked)
1 tea spn coriander seeds
2 tea spn urad dal
1/4 tea spn asafoetida
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract
4-5 Red chillies
2 tea spn jaggery
Rava (sooji)

Soak toor dal and rice in water for about thirty minutes. Heat a little oil and fry coriander seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and red chillies. Grind coconut, jaggery, tamarind and above fried items. Continue grinding with soaked dal and salt using minimum water. Mix this masala with drumstick flowers. Make small balls and press with the palm to flatten them. Roll these in rava and shallow fry them on both sides. Serve hot.

Serves: 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins


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  • nirupamasundar January 30, 2011, 12:22 am

    VARADA AUNTY, i love anything u post about ur garden. Modern city life has confined us inside small flats, i feel very nostalgic, seeing ur post. We had a drumstick tree and its leaves used be very sweet. But only since few years back i came to know that the flowers can also be cooked.with tender drumstick amma used to prepare rasam. The tree also gets infested with caterpillars and we enjoy seeing our maid, pouring kerosene over them and showing fire. I look forward for such posts, i really love it

  • kanchan January 30, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Hi Varada ! It was so nice reading about mhashinga sange fulla vado .It took me in my child hood days. Thanks a lot. My mother used to make bhutti of these flowers. That too tastes very yummy. make a seasoning of mustard seeds and asafoetida. in a little more oil saute a lot of finely chopped onions and chopped flowers. when done add salt and ground masala of fresh coconut, 2-3 dry raosted chillis,a small ball of tamarind, and a teaspoon of roasted coriander seeds and raw rice.add very little water. let the whole mixture be fried till the oil leaves sides. goes well with chapatis . My mother makes tomato bhutti in the same manner.

  • Juliet January 30, 2011, 4:04 pm

    I love this recipe. Where I am in Australia, I only get the frozen drumsticks and certainly not the flowers. Maybe I’ll go hunting for them when I am up in Queensland where you certainly get more tropical food.

  • Preeti January 30, 2011, 9:28 pm

    wow very interesting and new to me!!!

  • Purnima January 31, 2011, 4:22 am

    Varad pacchi, this dish is new to me. I know the pumpkin flower one..it used to b a hot favorite in my home. :) Thanks for sharing the valuable info n the lovely recipe..loved the blooming pic of tree. I make Kerala style upkari with drumstick leaves n eggs, my husband’s fave. Thanks again!

  • Priya Sreeram January 31, 2011, 10:35 am

    somethg nice & very interesting ! yummmm!!

  • Geetha February 1, 2011, 3:55 am

    A wonderful and mouth-watering recipe!!

  • Nagesh Kaikini February 1, 2011, 6:10 pm

    For those of you in tropical climate, here’s a suggestion. If you have some garden place, you can grow your own Drumstick tree. Just pluck a small branch of about 3 feet length of the mother tree; from any friendly neighbourhood : dig a hole of about 8″ dia. x 12″ depth and plant the branch/sapling in the whole and cover up with good mud. Water regularly. The tree grows very fast in a good soil. Very next year, you will have flowers/sticks. Best of luck.

  • Archana February 5, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I was introduced to drumstick flowers and tender leaves veg. after my marriage by my husband’s best friends mother and I love it. I have never tried making cutlets. Will make them and I am sure the rest of my family will love them.

  • supritha February 7, 2011, 10:59 am

    dear varada mayi

    today i have tried the above and its turned out fantastic. thank you very much for adding healthy & delicious recipes.

    plz.keep on posting

  • Aishwarya Shanbhag April 8, 2011, 3:19 am


    Turned out perfect and yummy. Got the muska phool from a friend’s garden. Else, it would not have been possible for me to get these flowers. They vanished in a jiffy. Thank you so much for such an awesome recipe.


  • vaishali June 4, 2011, 12:51 pm

    a new recipe…but just wanted to know..the drumstick flowers are v bitter….i normally boil them changing water…at least twice…so dont the cutlets go bitter?…or is it that the bitterness is absorbed by the rest of ingredients?

    • Shilpa June 4, 2011, 2:51 pm

      No, the vadas are not bitter at all

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