Drumstick Multani Preparation
There is a tree all parts of which can be utilised. It is a tree with multifarious uses. Right from its bark and seeds to its leaves,flowers and the fruit all are consumed.The tree is known as Drumstick tree. It is grown every where in India. Since it is grown in most parts of the country, it is relished all over the country. Whereas in northen India its fruit and flowers are taken , in the South the leaves are also taken.Very tasty pickles can be made with its tender fruit.The bark is used for medicinal purpose. It is medically efficient. It is rich in important minerals, vitamins and is an anti oxidant.
Today I am presenting a recipe for the preparation of drumstick flowers subzi. This recipe is particularly made by the people of Multan. Some youngsters in the family have requested me to post some Multani dishes which used to be prepared by the elders and which are now forgotten . To keep the Multani tradition alive, I have already posted recipes of Doli ki Roti and Kadhai Wali Subzi in my earlier posts. Today I propose to record a recipe of Drumstick flowers, or Swanjana ke phool ki subzi.
1. Swanjana flowers, preferably buds 250 gms
2 .Peas 1/2 cup
3 Onions 2
4. Tomatoes 2
4 Salt,Red chili powder, Turmeric powder,Amchur powder(mango powder)
5.Cooking oil 5 tbsp
6. Besan 1 tbs
7.Curd 1/4 cup
Method of preparation
Wash the Swanjana flowers and boil them with salt.After it is boiled, throw the water and boil once again. Squeeze the flowers very well.Keep aside. Heat oil and add chopped onions. Saute for a few minutes and add the chopped tomatoes.Roast for some time.Add the peas.Cover the peas for a couple of minutes.Then add the squeezed swanjana.Now add salt and other spices. Stir it well.Next ,in a 1/4 cup of curd add 1 tbsp besan,Mix the besan and curd very well and pour it in the swanjana. Keep stirring till it integrates with the vegetable.Remove from the fire. This vegetable can be taken with parantha or chapatti's.
And now a few household tips
1. To make chapatis or paranthas soft,add a little milk or cream(malai) to the flour before kneading.
2.To slice a very soft bread evenly, slightly warm the knife on a flame before cutting. The slices will be neatly cut.
3. To clean the glass of the spectacles, wipe the glass with a drop of vinegar.