Chhuin Aloo Besara (Potato and Drumsticks fry in a Mustard Paste Odia Style)

an Odia dry dish using drumsticks and potatoes in a mustard paste

Drumstick aka Sajana Chhuin (generally odia people call this as only chhuin) is an easily available vegetable in Odisha. In any time of year, one can get this from market. Even most of the houses have this tree in their backyard. The flowers, leaves of this tree are also edible. Do check a drumstick leaf based recipe : Sajana Saga Muga (drumstick leaves fry with moong dal).

The drumstick is one of my most favorite vegetable. Do you know this is loaded with valuable minerals, healthy proteins and essential minerals ! Also this is a must-have ingredient in the most popular South Indian sambar. Being high in nutrients and tasty in nature, below are some listed points for which one should include drumsticks in the diet chart. 

  • Help in strengthening bones as high in calcium, iron and other vitamins

  • Purifies blood and lowers blood sugar levels

  • Eases respiratory problems for its anti-inflammatory properties

  • Good for pregnant women

  • Boosts the immune activity and lots more.

Well, today’s post is a odia dry dish using the drumsticks as Chhuin Aloo Besara / Potatoes & Drumsticks fry in a Mustard Paste. Besara we, the odias refer to the mustard paste in odia language. This is a common dish in odia households using mustard paste. Using any vegetables, we can make besara 😉

Some more dishes using this mustard paste from Odia cuisine :

The dish is quite simple and the main flavor comes from the paste which is prepared using some mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilies, garlic cloves. Basically the process is quite simple as well as easy. This goes very well as a side dish with dal-rice combo. Do make sometime !

HOPE YOU WILL LIKE THIS Odia dry dish ! WHY NOT TRY some more  odia RECIPES AS WELL 😊

Now let’s go through how to make “Odia Chhuin Aloo Besara” at home 👇

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Chhuin Aloo Besara (Potato and Drumsticks fry in a Mustard Paste)


Chhuin Aloo Besara (Potato and Drumsticks fry in a Mustard Paste)


Prep time: 30 MCook time: 35 MTotal time: 65 M

an Odia dry dish using drumsticks and potatoes in a mustard paste


  • Potatoes (medium) 2 no.
  • Drumstick 5 no.
  • Mustard Seed 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seed 1 tsp
  • Dry chili 2 no.
  • Garlic clove 6-7 no.
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Panch Phoron 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil 3 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  1. First soak the mustard seeds, garlic, dry chili and cumin seeds in half a cup of water for at least 15 mins.
  2. Take and wash all the drumsticks, peel off the outer layer gently and cut it into 2.5-3 inch pieces.
  3. Cut the potatoes into wedges (1/2 inch) and keep all the cut vegetables aside in a bowl.
  4. Next in a blender jar make a paste of all the soaked mustard seeds, garlic cloves, dry chilies and cumin seeds by adding a little water. Keep aside.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.
  6. Add panch phoran & allow to splutter well.
  7. Then add potatoes along with turmeric powder and stir-fry for few seconds.
  8. Next add the drumsticks and fry for few seconds more.
  9. After that add the ground paste, salt and give a quick mix so that everything is well coated.
  10. Add around 1 cup of water and cover the pan.
  11. Allow to cook over low-medium heat until the potatoes are perfectly cooked.
  12. If some water is still there, then over high heat mix everything gently so all the water’ll dry.
  13. Serve hot with rice-dal combo !


The amount of mustard and cumin seeds is perfect for around 5 drumsticks here. If the amount is increased, then there will be a bitterness in the dish.
Spiciness can be adjusted as per taste.

Drumstick, Potato, Side dish, Mustard oil, Panch phoron,

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free, Odia dry dish

Odia cuisine

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  1. mildly indian

    I can already see a couple of takers for this recipe in my house. HOwever, our drumstick season is over. I do have some frozen, can I make the smae with the frozen one?

    1. Sasmita

      Seema I am glad to know that you all like drumsticks 🙂
      and yes, you can use the frozen ones to make this dry sabji. Simply thaw and use.

  2. Pavani

    This is such an interesting preparation with drumsticks and potatoes. Love the addition of mustard seeds in the masala paste. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious.

  3. Mayuri Patel

    An interesting way to prepare drumsticks. Looks very inviting. I get drumsticks often to prepare as sabji but mine is usually with a besan yogurt gravy. I would love to try out this version.

  4. Lata Lala

    Drumsticks and potatoes in mustard sauce gravy looks super tempting. Drumsticks are our favourite. Never tried this style of preparation.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Uma Srinivas

    Never had this before. Actually i never imagined potato and drumsticks together in a dish. Looks interesting! And mustard paste sounds yummy!

  6. Vandana

    Very interesting recipe. I have never tried drumsticks in anything other than sambhar. Never even thought that it can be used like this. Will definitely try it.

  7. Motions and Emotions
    Motions and Emotions

    Even we also prepare a similar dish with drumstick and potato…However, we make it no onion no garlic… I would love to try your version…looks so good

  8. Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    That is a very interesting recipe! I would have never thought of combining drumsticks and potatoes. Wish I get my hands of fresh drumsticks now.

  9. cookingwithsapana

    Never cooked with drumsticks like this way. It sure does sounds very delicious.

  10. Padma

    Drumstick and potato is a popular combination in Andhra cuisine and it's my favourite….next time I will try to make your version!! Looks delicious 😋

  11. cookingwithsapana

    Never cooked drumsticks other than adding them in sambhar.This version with potatoes sounds and looks so delicious.

  12. Lathiya

    I have never tried drumsticks and potatoes together. This looks like an amazing side dish for rice.

  13. Hayley

    This simple yet flavourful curry looks so inviting, my mum prepares too but she doesn't add garlic and use mustard oil, next time will try it out your version too!

  14. Poonam Bachhav

    Potatoes and drumstick in a curry with ground mustard chili paste and panch phooran tempering sounds interesting ! I amsure the curry must be flavorful .

  15. Sowmya :)

    Am so used to making only sambhar with drumstick…this looks like a flavourful and delighted hatful alternative. Bookmarking it

  16. Archana

    Looks awesome and the mustard paste is amazing. We make quite a few recipe with drumsticks as they are available all year round. I will definitely try this.

  17. jayashree

    I often use drumstick in sambar and rasam. This will be enjoyed at home, I must make it sometime.

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