Drumstick Curry- Sri Lankan Style මුරුන්ගා කිරට

Happy Monday !

My daughter’s birthday is coming up next month and we already started to discuss about it. It’s true that I almost have one full month to decide the menu and the decorations, but it’s never too late to start. When it was her first birthday, her daddy chose all the decorations as I was really occupied with the kids as they were both very young and we ended up having a 10 feet long happy birthday banner. I had to stand on my sofa just to capture one half of the banner. At least, I am so thankful that I was able to take few nice pictures of my little girl as she basically slept throughout the birthday dinner. In fact, I was the one who cut her birthday cake as she was sleeping. Does that usually happen? I guess kids are unpredictable and also, it was my bad that I chose that to be a dinner party.

This time, however, I am definitely going to have a morning party and that way my both kids will enjoy the party. After all, the whole point of having a party is to make them happy. I started to think about the menu and I realised that it is not necessary to make five or six curries and two rice dishes. It’s a kid’s party and I should simply make some food that they like. It would be more like snacks if I say it precisely. At the same time, I want the buffet table to look colourful and interesting. I was checking online to get some ideas. Oh boy! Let me confess, I am not half creative as many of the moms out there.

I was thinking of making a doll cake at first and I asked my husband: “what do you think about me making a doll cake for our little girl?”. First, he smiled and then he said “baby, maybe next time. I know you can make really awesome cakes, but you will get tired after doing all the preparations for her birthday”. Later, he reminded me of my 20th or 22nd birthday cake I made and we both laughed. I made a two tier cake and to see it straight, you may have to bend your head to 45 degree angle. You must be laughing, but truly, it was that bad. It did taste good though. Well, my cakes always tasted delicious. I wish I can say the same about my decorating ability. So, we decided to order a birthday cake like we always do.

Okay, enough of birthday-talking. Today, I am sharing a very simple vegetable recipe that is very common in Sri Lanka. I am assuming that there are slight variations of the ingredients that Sri Lankans use to make this curry, but we are pretty much making the same curry.



  • Drumsticks 300g
  • ½ medium sized onion
  • 2 garlic cloves- cut in to thin pieces
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Curry leaves
  • Small piece of pandan leaf (rampe)
  • 4 black pepper seeds
  • 1 tsp of unroasted curry powder
  • ¼ tsp on turmeric
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of water


Wash and clean the skin of drumsticks. Then, cut them in to 2 inch pieces.


Add all the ingredients together except for coconut milk and cook under medium heat. Once the drumsticks are cooked, add coconut milk and mix well. Wait until you can see the coconut milk is boiling and turn off the heat. You can adjust the salt if necessary.









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