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murungai poriyal

Murungai keerai poriyal/Drumstick leaves stirfry

Murungai keerai poriyal is a stir fry made using moringa or drumstick leaves a very healthy side dish to go with rice in South India.
Course Poriyal, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Tamil
Keyword How to use drumstick leaves, Moringa stir fry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cleaning greens 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Hema Magesh


  • 1 bunch Drumstick leaves(160g after cleaning)
  • 1 medium-sized big onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup tur dal stock
  • 1-2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp split urad dal
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • ¼ cup grated coconut( loosely packed)


  • Clean the drumstick leaves by picking the leaves alone and avoiding the stems as much as possible. Wash and keep them ready.
    Murungai keerai poriyal prep step 1
  • Chop the onion and garlic finely.
    Murungai keerai poriyal prep step 2
  • In a pan heat up the oil and add the mustard seeds, chana dal, split urad dal, and red chilly.
  • Once the mustard splutters add the chopped onion, garlic, and curry leaves and saute well.
    Murungai keerai poriyal prep step 3
  • Next, add the drumstick leaves. Saute for a few minutes till it reduces a bit in volume. Now add the required salt, turmeric powder, and the dal stock.
  • Mix well, cover, and cook till it is done. Finally, add the grated coconut and turn off the stove.
    Murungai keerai poriyal prep step 4
  • Serve as an accompaniment with rice.
    Murungai keerai poriyal prep step 5