Murunga Keerai Poriyal-drumstick leaves poriyal-Moringa Stirfry

drumstick leaves poriyalDrumstick leaves poriyal is one of the easiest and healthiest stir fry that you can make.  The only time-consuming part is to remove the tender leaves from the stalk. Moringa or Drumstick is regarded as super food for women given its ability to protect women reproductive organs.

As a child I used to hate drumstick leaves. simply because we had a tree at our backyard. My mother invariably makes drumstick sambar alternate days and I used to comment about repeated use of drumstick. Later when I grew up, I realized the amount of nutrition provided by Drumstick. Nowadays I use drumstick leaves once a week in some form. Drumstick should not be consumed often. I read somewhere that once a week drumstick and once a fortnight of Agathi keerai is recommended. It is because of the dense nutrition in these greens which sometime may interfere with the medicines taken. They are believed to have the ability to change the composition of blood (in positive manner).

Here is a simple drumstick leaves poriyal recipe.

drumstick leaves poriyal
Drumstick leaves poriyal
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 2 people
  • 1 cup drumstick leaves Removed from stalk
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut grated
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
To temper
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard
  • 1 nos Dry red chilli
  • 1/2 Tsp Split urad dal
  1. Remove the drumstick leaves from stalk. It is a real time consuming process. I do it the prior day while watching TV.  Another simple method is to leave the leaves in a plastic cover for a day. Keep the cover in the fridge vegetable compartment. Normally leaves detach themselves in a day. I do not like this method as it compromises in the freshness of the green. Rinse the keerai in water and drain.

  2. In a kadai, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. Once they crack add split urad dal and fry till golden brown. Teat the chilli and add it to the oil and fry for a minute in low flame.

  3. Now add the drained keerai to the kadai along with salt. Cook covered for 3 to 5 minutes in medium flame. Drumstick leaves should not be overcooked. The essential nutrients gets vaporized. Just cook for 3-5 minutes. Switch off the fire and add grated coconut.

Recipe Notes

*Drumstick leaves have mild bitterness and to offset that coconut is added.


*If you do not like coconut, you can add onions. If you are using onions, cut them into small pieces and fry them in oil after tempering. Fry till onions turn translucent. Post that, add keerai and follow the same procedure.

Drumstick leaves poriyal-Step by Step pictures


*De-stem the drumstick leaves and remove only the leaves.drumstick leaves poriyal


*Add the items given under temper one by one and add the keerai with salt.drumstick leaves poriyal


*Cook the keerai covered for 3 to 5 minutes. Add shredded coconut to the fully cooked keerai.drumstick leaves poriyal


*Serve hot with Rasam or Sambar. It tastes divine.

Related: Have you tried Drumstick soup. It is very tasty and is a must try dish for lactating mothers. 

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