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Murungai Keerai (Drumstick Leaves) Poriyal
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Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

Murungai Keerai (Drumstick Leaves) Poriyal is a delicious side dish and goes well with any sambar or kuzhambu varieties as side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dry Curry, Poriyal
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • 250 grams Drumstick Leaves (Murangai Keerai)
  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust to your taste

For Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Split Urad Dal
  • 1 Red Chili


  • Remove the drumstick leaves from its stem and chop it roughly. 
  • Take moong dal in a pan and a cup of water and turmeric and keep in flame and allow it to boil till it is cooked but not mashed. If you take a cooked moong dal and press it with your fingers, it should easily break. That is the right stage to remove the cooked moong dal from flame
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add split urid dal and broken red chilli and fry them till the dal turns golden brown color. Then add chopped drumstick leaves along with turmeric and salt and mix well
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and allow the murungai leaves to cook completely. The leaves will cook quickly. Unlike other greens, drumstick leaves does not become mushy after cooking. Add cooked dal and mix well. Adjust the salt if needed and keep in low flame for 5 more minutes
  • Meanwhile take grated coconut and cumin seeds in a mixer and grind it to a powder. Do not add any water while grinding
  • Add the ground coconut-cumin powder to the cooked keerai with dal and mix well. Keep the keerai in flame for 2 more minutes and then remove from flame
  • The yummy and delicious Murungai Keerai (Drumstick Leaves) Poriyal is ready to serve. We can serve this as a sidedish for any sambar or kuzhambu varieties. We can even serve this yummy poriyal with steaming hot rice with a spoon of ghee


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1.3mg