Drum stick rasam is a tasty and less known accompaniment served with steamed rice in South India. The taste and smell of drum stick is good and it is spicy, sour and sweet in taste. 

I have seen that drumstick is not used in many households, some do not use as per tradition while a few detest it. But drumstick can be used in various ways, it is usually used in sambar. A stir fry made along with tomatoes tastes good. The leaves of drumstick are used in dal and considered healthy.

Did you know that there numerous benefits of using this vegetable? It regulates blood sugar level and boosts immunity. They are excellent source of Vitamin B. It helps in purifying blood. It also helps in boosying the overall immunity of the system. Thus, regular usage has many benefits.

How to make drumstick rasam |Nuggekayi saaru

Rasam is called as Saaru in Karnataka and Chaaru in Andhra Pradesh. It is a comfort food for South Indians. The scientific name for drumstick is Moringa Oleifera.  It is slender, cylindrical pods popular as moringa,  nuggekayi, murungakkai.

How to make Drumstick Rasam


  • 4 drumsticks
  • 1 small cup tur dal  (1 cup= 50 ml)
  • 2 tomato
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • lemon size ball of tamarind
  • 2 teaspoon rasam powder
  • a small piece jaggery
  • water


  • Soak tamarind in water.
  • Wash tur dal, add water and and some turmeric powder to it. Cook it in the pressure cooker. 
  • Cut the drumstick in five or six pieces, two inch in length. Cook them in a pan with some water. 
  • Cut the tomato into small pieces.
  • Take ghee in a pan, add mustard seed, as it splutters, put asafoetida and turmeric powder, throw in the tomato pieces. Add salt and some water. Let cook.
  • Extract pulp from the soaked tamarind.
  • Stir the tomatoes, add tamarind pulp, jaggery, curry leaves and rasam powder. Let boil. 
  • Take the cooked tur dal, mix it well. It should be well cooked. Put the tur dal to it, cooked drum stick and water. Let it cook on a low flame.
  • Once it boils, garnish with fresh coriander. It is ready to serve.
How to make drumstick rasam |Nuggekayi saaru

Drumstick Rasam

Course lunch
Cuisine Indian, karnataka
Keyword drumstick rasam, nuggekayi saaru


  • 4 drumstick
  • 1 cup tur dal 1 cup =50 ml
  • 2 tomato
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  • lemon ball size tamarind
  • jaggery a small piece
  • 2 teaspoon rasam powder
  • curry leaves
  • water


  1. Soak the tamarind in water.

  2. Wash the tur dal and cook it in the pressure cooker with a little turmeric powder.

  3. Cut the drum stick into two inch pieces. Cook them in a pan with some water.

  4. Cut the tomato into small pieces.

  5. In a pan, add ghee and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters, put asafoetida and turmeric powder, throw in the tomato with salt and some water. Let cook.

  6. Extract the pulp from the tamarind.

  7. Once the tomato are cooked, add tamarind pulp, rasam powder and curry leaves to it. Let boil. 

  8. Add cooked tur da and boiled drumstick to it. Put water, letcook on a low flame. 

  9. Once it boils, garnish with coriander leaves. Drumstick rasam is ready to serve.





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