Friday, April 13, 2007

Goranchya Shekatachya Shinga

Looks like its a season for Koli recipes all of a sudden. This is my elder cuz V's favorite bhaaji. Shektachya Shinga in Koli are your Drumsticks of the veggie kind in English.

This recipe will be much appreciated by any one who likes sweetness of the gujju kind in their food. It is the only Koli curry that has jaggery in this amount. Infact the name itself gives away what you can expect from it Goranchya Shektachya Shinga ie. Drumsticks made with jaggery.The bhaaji is Rasedar or with gravy it has to be eaten with Chavlachi Roti like a true Koli.

Selecting the drumsticks for this curry is half the battle won. The drumstick have to be plump and fleshy. Cleaning them is a task to be done well before you start cooking. This is not a vegetable that you can keep a pan on the heat and chop up and add to the seasoning. It needs preparation.

Firstly about cleaning. The pods have to be deskinned just about peeling off the green layer and then cut into finger sized pieces. This would allow it to cook well and soak in the flavors. You will know what I mean only once you taste this curry.

Wiki surprised me with this one "The roots are shredded and used as a condiment in the same way as horseradish, however it contains the alkaloid spirochin, a potentially fatal nerve paralyzing agent, so such practices should be strongly discouraged"

We in Thal have never used the root though! If ever I become a spy for India I will remember this.

In Thal every home has their own Shekat tree. If someone does not have it they can collect the pods from neighbors tree and asking permission is not a rule. So when the owner spots anyone collecting them they ask, "Is it for Pivli Dal?" OR sometimes the borrower would say, "For the kids" and the response would be, " Go ahead take your hearts fill."

My indelible memory of Goranchya Shektachya Shinga are of when a whole lot of them were cracked on by back for going to collect discarded tickets at Colaba Market bus stop with my cuz K when just 5-6 yrs. All I wanted to do is play bus conductor. I needed real ones for it but someone tipped my Dad about this mischief. My mistake was I was tiny and that road was a heavy traffic one. Mom made Goranchya Shektachya Shinga that night and I went to bed empty stomach cuddled in G'ma lap. Cuz K was turned into a rooster/ Kombda for 2 hrs (I can't translate this). He grew up to become a shameless handsome achiever! ROFL. Dad could not forgive himself for many years.

So here is the recipe for the Goranchya Shektachya Shinga!


5-6 Drumsticks cleaned and cut
1 cup ground masala
2 cups water.
1/4 cup crushed Jaggery
1 tablespoon Kokum juice/ Tamarind Juice
2 teaspoon Oil
1/4 teaspoon asofeotida
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
salt to taste

ground masala:

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 cup fresh coconut grated
1 teaspoon Koli Masala / Goda masala
3-4 green chilies
1 cup pink fried Onions
2 handfuls cilantro
1 handful peanuts (This is My addition to the traditional recipe)
Grind together all the masala and keep ready

Then heat a pressure cooker add oil go on and splutter the mustard followed by the asofeotida. Stir in the ground masala. Fry for 5 mins. Then add in the drumsticks and coat them with the masala. Add the kokum juice and water. Close the lid of the PC and allow 3 long whistles. Put off the heat. Add the salt. Open the PC but DO NOT MIX. The drumsticks are very delicate and you might end up with a fibrous curry if stirred after cooking. Be careful even while serving.

The curry with Kokum juice is the authentic one but tamarind too makes it yummy though not the same.

This recipe is one for all "I like a little sweetness in my bhaaji" types. For those who don't know how to eat these here is a how to:

Hold the drumstick piece between the incisors and pull at it with the hand while you suck the pulp. Aha! My South Indian brahmin friends put a taboo on this great vegetable just because it has to be eaten this way. They don't know what they are missing!


  1. Hey Anjali !!! - what timing - tu meri sacchhi dost hai !!!

    I was sitting on a pile of drumsticks wondering what to do with them - just gave away half of them to my bai - now i know what to do with the rest :D. thanks a ton

  2. Vinaya intuition! Enjoy girl.

  3. Vinaya is a lucky girl to have a pile of Drumsticks!!I don't get those here.

    Curry looks great Anjali,we call it Nuggekai in B'lore.I love these.

    We can use the roots!!That's a great info!:)

  4. I personally never like sweet and salt mixed in the same never really enjoyed gujju fare.
    BTW, I'm not sure I understand your comment about south Indian brahmins not eating this vegetable. I am one, from Tamilnadu and have never heard of this rule. Are you sure it is not sombody's personal preference/prejudice that you have mistaken for a community's food culture? We grow drumsticks in our yards and the sharing with neighbors is also a common thing there. I live in the US now and absolutely hate the fat, over mature and dry drumsticks found in our local Indian store. I buy them tinned or from the freezer section these days.

  5. Pulling its innards out while that gooey mass just melts in my mouth is the best part of eating certainly have reminded me to make this all of a sudden...will post my Gujju version sometime.

  6. It's my niece's favourite. She is in Dubai, and when we went to Dubai, we carried Shekatachya shenga with us

  7. Asha, Vidya mentioned she gets them tinned in US. Yeah but in NC its quite a country side and to pick up Indian stuff you have to be on the look out all the time. P used to complain too when he was in Lumberton.

    Vidya I am surrounded by SI brams here in blr from all 4 states and they try to give drumstick eaters a complex. Hence my comment. BTW they put taboo on beetroot because it looks like you know what. God know whatelse is next? ;)

    Trupti I'll await your recipe.

  8. anjali, i am a SI brahmin and we all eat drumsticks. i am not very sure what u meant by taboo here:) most of the brahmin community i know use drumsticks in their kitchen. may be u met some one who is kind of partial to this wonderful veg:)

  9. Yes orthodox brahmins don't eat drumsticks,raddish, bottle gourd, turai along with onions and garlic, also the custom of eating is you don't bite anything by putting directly in the mouth, the fingers are used to dissect the drumsticks and flesh pulled out. Generally we were taught to make pieces of anything like biscuits or snacks with hands and then put into the mouth instead of directly biting them.

    1. That is interesting! I have been brought up completely cosmopolitan and so don't understand this side of culture. I am a keen learner though and respect the place and people where ever I go.


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