There was once a time when each and every house in the city - be it big or small - was enveloped by a lush green garden. Trees like mango, coconut, banana, sapota, curry leaf, murungakkai/drumstick, flowering plants like jasmine, champaka, nandi battalu and many more were not uncommon in home gardens. A morning visit to the garden ensured one of the day's vegetable supply for the family. Murungakkai was always sought after when there were special guests at home. The sight of the Murungakkais swaying like long green whips in the tall murungai tree is a beautiful sight to behold. To pluck them using a long cane with a split end avoiding a shower of the hairy caterpillars/ kambali poochi/hula at the same time, one needed an amazing acrobatic skill! Araichu vitta murungakkai sambar and Potato/urulaikizhangu curry always topped a special menu plan. They make a deadly combination along with fried appalams. Nowadays with the drastic shrinking of open space, with the rise of apartment buildings, and the reckless felling of trees to accommodate the ever expanding city, forget the fresh home grown vegetables, we are petrified at the depleting level of the most important life giving element - Oxygen - in the atmosphere. The Bengaluru citizens have come together in an effort to put a stop to the exploitation of trees. The City is all set to celebrate the annual Bengaluru Tree Festival which is aptly called Neralu. Honouring trees and preserving and conserving the green cover of the city is its first and foremost aim.
Murungakkais/Drumsticks( tender and fleshy) - 2 long ones
6. Let the murungakkai pieces with masala stand for a while before frying. It can also be refrigerated.
8. Cook for a while till the masala becomes firm and then turn them using a spatula so that all the other sides get similarly cooked.
When done remove the Fried Murungakkai pieces using a slotted ladle on to a plate. Hold a piece with your fingers and scrape the murungakkai using your bite, suck the pulp along with the masala and discard the hard fibrous peel. Enjoy the Fried Murungakkai! Enjoy the eating technique!