Murungai Keerai Poriyal (Sautéed Drumstick Leaves)

Murunga keerai poriyal 1

Drumstick leaves is one of the best gifts from nature to mankind with lots of health benefits. It is highly rich in calcium and vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in Iron absorption from the food we intake. Drumstick leaves doesn’t require much time to get cooked. Nutritive value may get reduced if we over cook it. There are many ways of cooking this drumstick leaves. Nutritive value will be retained if we eat it in the form of poriyal. Here is the recipe for healthy Murungai Keerai poriyal.

Murungai Keerai Poriyal (Sautéed Drumstick Leaves)

  • Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
  • Recipe Category: Accompaniment
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 2


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Drumstick leaves 2 cups tightly packed
Shallots (small onion) or onion 10 shallots sliced or 1 medium sized onion chopped
Garlic 5 pods chopped
Green chilli 2 halved
Red chilli 2 broken
Oil 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Yellow moong dal 2 tbsp
Asafoetida (Hing powder) 1 pinch
Salt As needed
Coconut 2 tbsp shredded


1. Heat oil in a pan and season it with mustard seeds, moong dal, asafoetida and red chilli. Then add green chilli, garlic and shallots or onion. Sauté it till the shallots becomes soft.

Murunga keerai poriyal a

2. Add in the cleaned and washed drumstick leaves and cook it in medium flame for 5 to 7 mins. By the time it gets shrinks and gets cooked. Add required salt and mix it well.

Murunga keerai poriyal b

3. Switch off the flame and add shredded coconut. Mix well and serve hot.

Murunga keerai poriyal c

Serve hot with steamed rice 🙂

Murunga keerai poriyal 3


* No need to add water and no need to cook covered.

* Shallots gives good taste. You can replace it with onion if shallots not available.

* You can prepare it with coconut oil for extra flavour.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mom says:

    Keerai poriyal different method ah irukupa.. today try i cook this method ..


  2. Mom says:

    Keerai deffarentana tastya supera irundhuchipa…


    1. Glad you tried my version and you liked it mom . Thank you 🙂


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