Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew)

Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew) is one of my favourite stew. We usually use drumstick in sambar/kuzhambu, but if we try once making this scrumptious stew, then I bet we would surely love to do it again and again. I have seen many doing this stew with drumpstick piece, but I prefer to cook the drumstick and take the pulp and use it instead of cooked drumstick pieces. Lets see the recipe now...

Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew)
Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew)

Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time 30 mins
Servings3 - 4

Moong dal1/2 Cup
Turmeric Powder1/2 teaspoon
Curry Leavesfew
SaltTo taste

Oil1 teaspoon
Red Chillies2
Pepper Corns1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Grated Coconut2 tablespoon

Ingredients for Seasoning:
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds1 teaspoon
Urid seeds1 teaspoon
Red Chilli1 teaspoon


  1. Chop the drumsticks to finger size pieces and clean it in water

  2. Add the cleaned drumstick pieces to a vessel and add little water and pinch of turmeric

  3. Add Moong dal to the vessel with a pinch of turmeric and pressure cook both drumstick and moong dal and allow for 3 whistles.

  4. Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add 1 teaspoon  of oil and add cumin seeds, red chillies, pepper, grated coconut and fry for 2 minutes till the grated coconut turns golden brown colour

  5. Take the fried ingredients in a mixer and cool it 

  6. Grind it in a mixer to a nice paste by adding little water

  7. Once the drumstick pieces are cooked, allow them to cool 

  8. Take each cooked drumstick piece and using a spoon remove the pulp

  9. Take the cooked dal and smash it and keep it aside

  10. Heat the heavybottomed pan and add oil. Add mustard seeds and when it starts to sputter, add urid dal and fry till it becomes golden brown color

  11. Add broken chilli and fry for a while and take it aside

  12. Add drumstick pulp and add required salt

  13. Add smashed dal and mix the drumstick pulp and smashed dal 

  14. Add the ground paste and mix well

  15. When the stew starts boiling, remove from flame

  16. Add the seasoned ingredients and mix well. The yummy and tasty drumstick stew(Murungaikaai kootu) is ready to serve. This goes well with any thugayal rice and also well with sambar
Try this yummy dish and let me know your comments!!!
Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew)
Murungaikaai Kootu(Drumstick Stew)

  • We can use cooked drumstick pieces as it is without removing the pulp.Just to reduce the work while we are eating, I take the pulp while cooking itself and also I feel that drumstick pulp mixes with the stew very well than the pieces
  • We can also remove pulp from half of the cooked drumpstick pieces and add the remaining drumstick pieces as it is
  • We can also add coriander seeds along with the grinding ingredients that gives a nice flavour

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