Thursday, July 8, 2010

Daangar (Drumstick leaves Balls)

“Daangar” is traditionally made with “Taikillo” (in konkani language) which is a wild leafy vegetable and grows only during the monsoons.

I have substituted drumstick leaves for “Taikillo” as these are available throughout the year and also have medicinal/nutritional benefits. Drumstick leaves are slightly bitter in taste but the snack as such is very tasty especially so when it rains!!

This snack or side dish tastes good with or without chutney.



Leaves of drumstick

3 cups

Toor Dal or Channa Dal

¼ cup


¼ cup


A small lump (a big rajma size)

Coconut gratings

1- 2 tbsp

Dry Red chillies



As per taste


For frying


  1. Wash and soak rice and toor dal together in water for about an hour. Then drain the water.
  2. Wash only the drumstick leaves (stems to be discarded) and roughly chop them. OR if you have a food processor, put the leaves in it and run it in for a few seconds.
  3. Grind the washed and soaked toor dal & rice mixture without adding water along with red chillies, coconut scrapings and tamarind to a coarse paste.
  4. In a bowl, add the ground mixture, chopped leaves and salt. Mix it well with your hands. Shape small balls of this mixture and slightly flatten them.
  5. Deep fry these flattened balls in oil.
  6. Serve hot.

Makes about 18 (Daangars) balls


Drumstick leaves Pancake
  • For weight watchers - instead of deep frying it, you can fry it in a tawa or frying pan like a dosa /pancake. Smear a little oil on the pan Take a little mixture and place it on the frying pan and flatten it with your hands. Wet your hands first with water and then flatten to the desired shape. Add a few drops of oil on the sides of the pancake and fry it on both sides.
  • Adding chopped raw onions to the mixture also enhances the taste of Daangar as well as Pancake

See here for picture of drumstick leaves :

See here for nutritional benefits of drumstick leaves:

1 comment:

  1. You have a lovely blog and I am visiting your page for the first time.

    I liked this recipe using drum stick leaves and I am going to try this soon. I make sana-polo but never tried the fried version. Your photos and presentation look great.