Thursday, November 29, 2012

Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Drumstick Leaves Poriyal / Step by Step

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Murungai Keerai Poriyal :

Murungai  Keerai  Poriyal  is an easy & most nutritious recipe.  My Mom uses a lot of drumstick leaves from the drumstick tree from our backyard, in sambar, poriyal, masiyal and kootu recipes. 

The leaves are very rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium, minerals etc and are rightly called as the  “ Queen  of  all  Greens” 

It helps a lot for the people who suffer from knee pain. Also it helps to reduce swollen foot during pregnancy. And it is highly recommended for anaemic people and pregnant women. 

It tastes awesome with any rice varieties like sambar rice, rasam rice, variety rice etc.

Do try it and you will love the healthy taste..:)


·      Drumstick Leaves       - 1 bunch
·      Oil                             - 1 tsp
·      Mustard                     - ¼ tsp
·      Cumin                       - ½ tsp
·      Split urad dal             - ¼ tsp
·      Red chilly                   - 1 or 2
·      Asafetida pwd             - a pinch
·      Onion                         - ½
·      Tomato                       - 1
·      Garlic                        -  2 no.s
·      Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsp
·      Salt to taste


1.   Separate the tiny leaves from the stalk.

2.   Wash the drumstick leaves and chop them finely.
3.   In a kadai, add oil and temper with mustard seeds, cumin, split urad dal, dry red chillies broken to pieces & a pinch of asafetida.

4.   Add chopped onion and garlic, fry for some time.
5.   Add finely chopped tomoto and sauté further for some time.

6.   Now add the drumstick leaves along with salt and stir well.
7.   Sauté until the leaves shred the water and wilt.
8.   Stir now and then.

9.   Once the keerai is cooked and tender, add fresh shredded coconut and mix well.

10.Add coarsely powdered peanuts to garnish and switch off.

11.Healthy Murungai Keerai Poriyal is ready.

12.Serve hot with rice & sambar or rasam.

Similar Recipes:
·         Murungai Keerai Sambar
·         Palak Keerai Masiyal
·         Red Radish Leaves Curry
·         Spinach Fritters
·         Keerai Kootu
·         MudakathanKeerai Dosai


  1. Delicious and healthy poriyal! Back at my Mom's place we have lot of Drumstick trees, used to pluck the greens and cook immediately! :)

  2. Seriously am missing this greens here, we dont get this much fresh,but if i saw them in Indian grocery never failed to get them, healthy poriyal.

  3. looks tasty & healthy...mouthwatering!

  4. we call this as Upkari.. nice one!

  5. A nice curry. Almost like a healthy salad ! Just as nutritious.

  6. My all time favorite...

  7. Yummy presentation and healthy recipe

  8. Delicious and healthy poriyal Love it.

  9. I'll die for this poriyal....

  10. This is so new to me and your pics are looking interesting, will try it.

  11. Screaming healthy and delicious!!! wow love it!!

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  12. looks delicious and a easy recipe...

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  13. My favorite dish of all side with kaara kulambu...

  14. Delicious a very healthy dish. Not sure I can get those drumstick leaves though over here in France. May be I should check in Indian grocery. Would love to try this! :)

  15. such a simple and yummy recipe!! totally works for me as its green, low cal and works as a south beach phase 1 recipe too-- all bonuses at the same time !

  16. Love this a lot...but not getting in my place...missin it...

  17. My favourite! Looks delicious Jay :)

  18. summa asathala irkku jay. I love it with sambar rice always.

  19. Looks super good, I've never added tomatoes to this..

  20. The sight of muringai keerai itself is nostalgic...Nice recipe dear.

  21. Healthy Poriyal, We dont get here, love to taste when I come to homeland :-)

  22. Jay, thanks a lot for visiting my blog. I imagine that you're also in the baking partners project. Wow! Let's see what happens. I hope I could find all the ingredients.
    I like this recipe and the photos that explain all the process
    Best regards from Spain

  23. Since I'd never heard of drumstick leaves, I looked it up and was really interested to read all the details. I read it here, Jay:
    Your recipe looks so good and easy.

  24. never really tasted this leaf as a curry..i wonder what it tastes like

  25. healthy and delicious poriyal jay,
    adding tomatoes is new to me :)

  26. It looks delicious. Jay, I´ll go back to my books on herbs, because I don´t know the name ¨drumstick leaves¨ maybe at the supermarket it has a different name, and I suspect I have a tiny plant of it in the garden.

  27. healthy greens! Last time when i was in India, i asked my mom to make it for me....Yum.

  28. Healthy murungkakiirai poriyal jey

  29. Wow I have never had leaves of the drumstick looks yum. Cheers, Suchi

  30. Lovely and delicious vegetable dish!

  31. looks healthy & delicious!

  32. Yummy and healthy recipe..

  33. Yummy stir fry, I loved your addition of peanuts.

  34. Lovely recipe.. I do make it almost the same way..

  35. love the presentation... nice clicks!


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