Dentya Upkari (pitti galnu)

                       When drumsticks are in season or even otherwise when you get a lot of them – you can try out this very simple & easy to do yet so delicious upkari as a side dish with pejj or rice . We as kids used to love this when our Amma used to make it ..She used to make a simple non spicy and a spicy version of it – both of which I am posting here ! The star attraction for this is adding rice flour which give volume & an extra pep to this upkari !

Ingredients :-

  1. Drumsticks – 4 to 5 
  2. Rice flour – 2 tbs 
  3. Red Chilli – 1  or Red chilli powder – 1 tsp  ( for the spicy version )
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  5. Salt to taste 
  6. Coconut oil – 2 tbsp 
  7. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp 
  8. Hing –  a pinch for the spicy version

Method :-

Peel the drumsticks partly, wash & and cut into pieces . Heat 1 tbsp oil , add the chilli and splutter the mustard seeds . Add enough water and the drumsticks to cook , Add salt and cook until almost done ,They should have just turned soft with shape intact (but not broken). 
Now add the turmeric powder  and the rice powder .
Mix well so that the powder has coated the drumsticks well , Add the remaining oil , stir gently , Cover and cook on sim for another one minute . 
Enjoy with hot pejj or as a side dish with rice .  Children will love this non spicy version very much ! 
Now for the spicier version – Add the chilli powder after you have spluttered the mustard seeds , you can add hing too for an extra zing ,  As earlier add the haldi and the rice powder when the drumstick has almost cooked .
Add the remaining oil and simmer for another one minute.  
Enjoy this spicy version with pejj or rice ! 

Note :-  You can add more of rice flour as per taste , As kids we used to love the flour part . so my Amma used  to add a lot of it ! 

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