Drumsticks in sesame gravy

Here's one more recipe from my in laws kitchen...here we live in a place where the old world charm of doing things from scratch isn't forgotten..so no store bought flours and instant mixes, everything is homemade, just as grandma made it. Of course, its much more easier and faster to buy a pack of frozen food and reheat it, but the fun of cooking from scratch and the satisfaction of knowing exactly what goes into your plate far outweighs the effort. In most kitchens drumsticks are generally relegated to one of the ingredients in sambar or curry or dal, sort of like a side character in a multi starrer, but in this dish drumsticks are given a place of their own. Drumsticks are cooked in a rich creamy gravy of rice, sesame seeds and coriander with a hint of cumin. But I guess I better stop rhapsodizing and get on with the recipe

3 drumsticks
6 tbsp uncooked rice
4 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
4 green chillies
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste
Oil for tempering
2-3 red chillies
2 tsp channa dal
2 tsp urad dal
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds

Soak rice, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and coriander seeds overnight and grind to a smooth thin paste alongwith chillies, garlic and salt. In a saucepan heat oil add, red chillies channa dal, urad dal,cumin seeds and mustard seeds, when mustard seeds start popping, add drumsticks and saute for 5-10 min or slightly browned. Add enough water to submerge the drumsticks, add enough salt for the drumsticks and cook till soft. Finally add the rice paste and cook till flavours develop and sauce thickens lightly.

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