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Murungai Keerai Poriyal - Drumstick leaves fry

Murungai Keerai Poriyal
Drumstick leaves provides essential iron and calcium for woman especially during pregnancy and breast feeding.  These leaves are also rich in vitamins, proteins and potassium. We never buy drumstick leaves in shop in my home town. we had a big tree in our backyard.  After coming to US, I was missing these leaves. Last week when I went to shopping, I saw some fresh drumstick leaves. The price was too high, but still I got some leaves. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Murungai keerai poriyal. 

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins 
Ready In: 30 mins
Yields : 3 Servings

Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Drumstick Leaves chopped
Tightly packed
1 cup
2 tsp
Urad Dal
1 tsp
Red Chillies 
Garlic (cut Longitudinally)
6-8 Cloves
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Shredded coconut
1.5 tbsp
Shallots chopped
1/2 cup

  • Wash drumstick leaves. Remove small stems. If the drumstick leaves are big, chop into small pieces. Heat oil in the pan and add mustard and urad dal. 
  • When urad dal turns golden colour, add chopped shallots, garlic and red chillies.Then add drumstick leaves and turmeric. Fry for a min. 
  • Add salt. Add water till the leaves immerse. close it with lid and cook till all the water is absorbed.  Check whether leaves are cooked, else sprinkle some water and cook for some time. When the leaves are fully cooked, switch off the stove and garnish with shredded coconut.

  • Adding Coconut is optional
  • Always wash vegetable and chop it. Nutrients will be lost if we wash the chopped vegetable.
  • I haven't added green chilly, as my mom told only red chillies will go well with these leaves in this stir fry. 
Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Drumstick leaves poriyal / Murungai Keerai poriyal / Green leaves poriyal /  Munagaku poriyal / Green Leaves Indian dry curry


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  2. Super healthy murungakeerai poriyal, I love it...

  3. Drum Stick Leaves!! I have never used this ingredient!! Thanks for sharing facts about it :)
    Would love to try this recipe of yours!!

  4. love murangai keerai,,,I miss this keerai in my place..urs look so good

  5. The tree has disappeared compared to when I was younger. I just walk over to our neighbor's house and pluck the leaves and the beans. These days, I have to buy and its not always available but I sure grab them. Like you said, the nutrients including the goodness for cough.

    I adore the bean/stick, all lovely flavored in an traditional Indian style. The awesomeness is so alive and kicking.

  6. A very interesting and healthy combo.. Thanks for sharing Nithya :-)

  7. missing those leaves,perfect stir fry with rasam.


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