25 DRUMSTICK LEAVES PORIYAL (STIR FRY)

Drumstick leaves/ Moringa ila / Muringai ilai/ Nugge Soppu / Munakkaakku / sahjan


Drumstick leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source Vitamin C, protien, Iron and Potassium. This leaves are bitter in taste, but they are very nutritious. Can be made as a stir fry or can also be added in dhals, adai/rotti and other dishes. Cleaning and removing the leaves is a tedious job, but once done the it can be cooked very easily.

Usually these leaves are sold in bunches and the perfect way to remove the leaves is to tie them in a wet cloth and leave it aside for few hours. Later just shake the bunch so that some extra leaves fall out inside, now open and remove the remaining by plucking.
Wash and clean the leaves, no need to chop the leaves.


Drumstick leaves - 1 bunch
Shallots - around 8(roughly chopped) or 1 medium red onion - chopped
Chillies - 4 ( can use red or green)
Mustard seeds - very little
Urad dhal - very little
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt as needed
Oil - 1 - 2 tbsp
Grated coconut - 3 - 4 tbsp


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves. Wait till they pop out and add chopped onions and chillies. Fry till nice brown. Next add drumstick leaves. Reduce flame and keep stirring now and then till they are cooked. Can also cover with a lid and keep checking now and then. Add salt in between and finally add grated coconut and give a stir. Enjoy it as a side dish with rice and some gravy.

25 comments/Reactions:

Shivani said...

This is my favorite sabji, we make it on the day called ' Mirag' that comes before monsoon starts, and we make this sabji with jackfruit seeds. Its simply delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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Smitha said...

Hey thanx for visiting my blog!...lovely space u have here...
yummy subzi...too bad we dont get drumstick leaves here!

Pavithra said...

Oh I am missing this a lot padma.. i think u got this in chicago right ??? I love this and i can eat this everyday too but someone has to seperate the leaves :)

Pushpa said...

Healthy and very nutritious greens,delicious Padma.

Swathi said...

Nice delicious thoran, i love them .

Rekha shoban said...

healthy poriyal....long back i had dis poriyal...after cing this want to try...

Uma said...

looks so yummy Padma! Tempting pic.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Healthy poriyal Padma..and the second snap is really nice

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious healthy

shriannalakshmi said...

Lovely and nutritious stir fry...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Healthy poriyal,my fav too...

Dimah said...

Sounds so healthy and delicious!!

Treat and Trick said...

Healthy and yummy veggie, it's my favorite too..

Padhu said...

Love this very much and prepare it often but hate plucking the leaves

Priya said...

Nutritious,healthy drumstick poriyal..i can have them every day..

Santosh Bangar said...

it is new to me we use flowers but never leaves looking healthy and nuitritous

Hari Chandana said...

Looks simply delicious.. thanks for sharing !!

aipi said...

Delicious stir fry..I love drumstick leaves very much!

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Nitha said...

delicious...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

The Poriyal looks so healthy and tasty. Can't stop looking at it and admiring your preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sush said...

looks tempting Padma.

Nandini said...

Very healthy stir-fry. Miss the leaves :'(

Vidhya said...

looks great Padma.

Malar Gandhi said...

Healthy poriyal...love murungai ilai thoran so much.

Anonymous said...

i just heard of these.and i would like to try them. i live in the pittsburgh area and have no idea where to find them. where should i look? thanks

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