Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drumstick Leaves Stir fry /Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Drumstick leaves is  the only greens i like from childhood, in those days hate i hate all other greens. It's very easy to make poriyal with this greens, but removing the leaves from the stack is very time consuming .
So better ask  help from your partner to remove the leaves from the stalk or if you are doing it alone, do it while watching tv,so that you wont feel the paining process. Once it done, you can make the rest of the recipe in a jiffy.


Drumstick leaves -  1 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 small size
Red chili -  3 nos
Coconut - 1 1/2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/2 tsp


First remove the drumstick leaves from the stack.Cut the onions in to small pieces and keep it ready.Heat the pan with oil, temper mustard & urad dal.

Cut the red chili into pieces and add it along with onions.Saute till the onions become translucent.

Once the onions become translucent, wash the leaves well, squeeze the water and add it & mix it well.

Now add salt & 1/2 cup of water and cover the pan with lid and allow the leaves to cook. This green leaves takes long time to cook compared to other greens.

After around 10 mins, the leaves are cooked well and also all the water is absorbed.Check in between and add water if necessary. 
At  this stage , add the grated coconut, mix it well, let it be in flame for 2-3 mins and then switch off  the flame.

Tasty and simple Drumstick leaves poriyal is ready to serve. It goes well with sambar and rice.


  • If you like channa dal, temper it along with mustard & urad dal.
  • You can use green chili too instead of red chili.
  • Depends upon the leaves, the cooking time varies,so check it after 10 mins,if needed cook more time.

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