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Murungai keerai / Drumstick leaves Poriyal

Murungai keerai Poriyal

Drumstick leaves is rich in nutrients and natural energy boosters. The leaves and buds can be rubbed in head for headache. It's also used to make porridge to treat fever. Moreover, it is good for anemia.
Drumstick leaves Poriyal

When I was pregnant my doctor emphasise me to include drumstick leaves and pulichakeerai. It's very good for pregnant ladies and lactating mothers. Sadly, we don't get it in shop all the time. Even though it takes a lot of time I always love to cook this. If you feel lazy to remove its leaves, have someone near by when you do this. You'll not feel bored. I love it a lot with Paruppu kuzhambu or Sambar. It really goes well with Paruppu Kuzhambu. Here is my recipe.

Murungai keerai Poriyal


Murungaikeerai - 3 cups
Red chilli - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tblspn
Salt - to taste

To grind:

Coconut - 3/4 cup
Red chilli - 4
Shallots / Small onions - 10
Cumin - 1/4 tsp


Grind together the ingredients listed above "to grind" without adding water.

Remove the drumstick leaves from the stem, keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok, add mustard seeds. When it starts to splutter, add drumstick leaves. Stir well.

When the leaves get cooked add the ground coconut masala.

Add in salt to taste and combine everything well. 

Simmer for 2-3 mins. Stir well occasionally.

Serve hot with Paruppu kuzhambu or sambar.

  • You can add chopped onion at the beginning but grinding onions along with coconut will enhance its taste.


ingredients ready
Keep all your ingredients ready
add mustards
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds
broken chilli
When mustards begin to crackle add broken red chillies
grind masala
Grind coconut, onion, red chilli, cumin into a coarse paste without adding water
leaves added
Add drumstick leaves and stir well
leaves added
Add drumstick leaves and stir well
salt added
Add salt
add masala
When leaves get cooked, add ground coconut masala
stir well
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes
drumstick leaves poriyal ready
Its ready!

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