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June 3, 2019

Drumstick Leaves Poriyal / Murungai Keerai Poriyal Recipe

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drumstick leaves poriyal
Drumstick poriyal / Murungai keerai poriyal is an healthy, yummy stir fry recipe that goes well for sambar rice. Recently when I went to Salem, my in-laws got me a bunch of drumstick leaves (Murungai keerai in Tamil, Nugge soppu in Kannada). I always make sambar adding drumstick leaves. But this time for a change, I tried drumstick leaves poriyal with toor dal. I learnt this recipe from my friend Shalini. Usually this poriyal is prepared by tempering, sautéing and cooking drumstick leaves along with onion, red chilli and spices. But I pressure cooked toor dal, drumstick leaves and then did the above said procedure. So it helped to get a nice color of leaves. Friends, do try this yummy drumstick leaves poriyal with toor dal and share your feedback with me.

 Check out my drumstick leaves sambar recipe too !

murungai keerai poriyal

Drumstick leaves poriyal / Murungai keerai poriyal recipe

Drumstick leaves poriyal / Murungai keerai poriyal recipe

Drumstick leaves stir fry / Murungai keerai poriyal recipe with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Drumstick leaves / Murungai keerai - 3 cups
  • Toor dal - 2 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 ( finely chopped)
  • Red chilli - 1 to 2
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Sugar and turmeric powder - 2 pinch (to get bright green color)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Asafetida / Hing - a pinch
  1. Clean the drumstick leaves and wash it well to remove the sticks.
  2. In a pressure cooker, take the murungai keerai, toor dal, turmeric powder. sugar and required water.
  3. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Drain the excess water and keep the keerai aside.
  4. In a kadai, heat oil temper mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and red chilli.
  5. Saute onion. Add cooked drumstick leaves with toor dal. Add required salt and toss well.
  6. Lastly add grated coconut, mix gently and switch off the flame. Serve with sambar rice !
  • Clean the drumstick leaves by removing it from the stem. Discard all the stem and stalk part. Wash it thrice to remove the dirt and small sticks. It will settle down in the water. Remove the leaves and set aside.
  • drumstick leaves poriyal
  • In a pressure cooker base, take the washed toor dal,, drumstick leaves, sugar. Add required water and pressure cook for 2 whistles in very low flame. Drain the cooked water and consume as soup adding salt and pepper powder. (Don't worry toor dal won't turn mushy. It will stay firm  but cooked soft).
  • drumstick leaves poriyal
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, hing, red chilli and finely chopped onion. Add the cooked toor dal and drumstick leaves. Add required salt and toss well.
drumstick leaves poriyal

  • Add grated coconut and switch off the flame. Mix well and serve with sambar rice.

  • Enjoy !
    drumstick leaves poriyal


    • You can skip toor dal and make this poriyal.
    • You can also use moong dal instead of toor dal.
    • For variations you can saute the drumstick leaves instead of pressure cooking it.

    Try this healthy drumstick leaves poriyal n enjoy with sambar rice !
    If you like, you can mix with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.
    drumstick leaves poriyal recipe

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