Sunday, August 1, 2010

Drumstick Leaves Curry- Murungai Keerai poriyal

Drumstick leaves can be called the "Queen of all Greens" as it has the richest source of beta carotene among all green leafy vegetables. It is also rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C. Include drumstick leaves in your diet once in a week and protect yourself from certain degenerative diseases. Since I have a drumstick tree in my backyard, I prepare this murungai keerai poriyal once in a week. My children do not like it and never used to have it, in spite of telling them its innumerable health benefits. But now things have changed, in fact they ask for more servings. The trick is, I cooked it with a little shredded cabbage. Believe me, it tastes awesome. Do try it and you will not regret it.Today we will learn how to make delicious murungai keerai poriyal following this easy recipe.

Murungai keerai poriyal-drumstick leaves stir fry/curry

Murungai Keerai Poriyal-Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

Murungai Keerai Poriyal-Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategoryStir Fry
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Mugungai keerai/Drumstick leaves- 1 1/2 cup firmly packed
   Onion - 1 big finely chopped
   Cabbage - 1/2 cup finely shredded
   Coconut - 1/3 cup grated
   Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
   Salt as required

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal -1/2 tsp
   Asafoetida/hing - a generous pinch
   Red chillies - 3 ( broken into small pieces)


Remove the leaves from the stem, wash it and chop it. Though it is a bit time consuming job, it is worth the effort. Consider its nutritional value and spend some time for it.

Chop onions finely and shred cabbage finely.


Heat oil in a pan/kadai and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add urad dal, hing and red chillies.

When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, saute until they turn transparent.

Then add the finely shredded cabbage.

After cabbage is slightly cooked, add the drumstick leaves.

Cook covered on low flame stirring in between till it becomes tender. You can sprinkle little water in between.

Once it is cooked, add grated coconut, mix well and remove from heat.

Serve as an accompaniment with rice. I personally prefer it with Kuzhambu Sadam.

You will love my iron and protein rich Murungai keerai adai  recipe also.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen


  1. addind chilli powder is new to me. i dont have patience to clean this leaf. clicks r very nice

  2. This is so healthy and yummy. We too make adai with it at home :)

  3. A healthy recipe and loved the combo with cabbage,never tried. Sure to try soon as I get hold of some drumstick leaves,not so luck as you to have in backyard :):) Loved the presentation.

  4. Wow yaar you have a drumstick tree in your backyard :-)As you siad it's timetaking but very healthy also. Nice dish
    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. i have done this with valaipoo , but with cabbage new to me , i will try it yes with vathalkulabu , it will be great.

  6. Lokks so good padhu, Very healthy side dish..

  7. This is one of my fav stir fry..look delicious padhu.

  8. Padu,

    That is is really healthy dish. I love them. I like your combo. clicks also beautiful

  9. This is a new recipe for me quite interesting..very good to health.

  10. That's really yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Ive never been lucky enough to find these leaves around here. I love them and yours looks craving 4 some now ..

  12. I like drumstick leaves, very healthy and high in iron. Yummy poriyal, makes me feel homely dear:)

  13. I love muringa leaves... Especially with dal.. Should have tasted great with cabbage too..

  14. very healthy curry.. its hard to get the same leaves here . best combo for rice

  15. Combination of drumstick leaves and cabbage sounds delicious in this curry.

  16. Liked the combo of this healthy preparation.

  17. Healthy n delicious curry with drumstick leaves..

  18. This is an excellent way of cooking drumstick leaves. :)

  19. Never tried,but will do now.
    Interestingly,we do have a tree but tenants steal the drumsticks and we have to get it from the market. Hopefully, none of my tenant is reading about the leaves here.

  20. Padhu

    thanks for posting such a wonderful veggie dish. For the first time i got the drumstick leaves here in Atlanta and making the subji was amazing. thank you very much.

  21. its sounds nice. today i will try padhuji.

    thanks for wonderful receipe........

  22. very yummy tasty always my favorite :)

  23. Yummy recipe. I tried it today and it came out well.i tried an alternative to ur recipe. I used Vadam for tempering and finally added roasted peanut powder. Yum yum 😋

  24. One easy method is there to clean the leaves. U keep the leaves in a cloth and cover it for overnight. Morning u can see that leaves are separated. Try this out

  25. I tried this today and it turned out yummy.with the same ingredients i added some rice and nade it as a cabbage moringa rice too...since I always make cabbage rice it was easy to add the moringa leaves.

  26. Have you done drumstick leaves sambar? Do share link pls although i did search,

    1. It is the same as
      vendhaya keerai sambar. Just replace vendhaya keerai with drumstick leaves. Will soon post drumstick leaves sambar recipe separately.

  27. Cool I knew only one recipe, wt dal. Tis is new n will definitely try it. Thanks.

  28. i tried without cabbage and it tastes divine.


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