Monday, November 25, 2013

Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Moringa / Horseradish / Drumstick Tree Leaves Stir Fry

Drumstick leaves or Murungai keerai has good amount of  nutrition among greens. All parts of drumstick tree are used in various methods to cure health problems because of its medicinal value. Specially, the drumstick greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein etc and can be included in our regular diet. Since these leaves are rich in iron and calcium, it is very good for pregnant ladies, feeding mothers, growing children and those who suffer from anaemia!

Today, I would like to discuss about the preparation of Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry | Murungai Keerai Poriyal | Muringai Keerai Thoran | Drumstick Greens Fry

  • Drumstick leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed)
  • Shallots (finely chopped) – 5 Nos.
  • Red chillies  (broken into 2) – 2 Nos
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coconut (grated) – 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste.

For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal – 1 tbsp

  1. Pluck the drumstick leaves from the stem, wash with water thoroughly. Drain the leaves and keep it aside.
  2. In a kadai, pour oil and season with the items given “For Seasoning”.
  3. To this add red chilies and shallots and fry until shallots become translucent.
  4. Now add turmeric powder, mix well. To this add drumstick leaves and sauté for a minute so that all leaves get coated with oil.
  5. Sprinkle a handful of water, mix everything well and close it with a lid.
  6. Cook the drumstick leaves, opening the lid now and then, and stirring in between. If the leaves are dry, add little water and cook.
  7. Finally add required salt and coconut, mix everything evenly and switch off.

Your Murungai Keerai Poriyal is ready to serve with rice and Sambar | Kara Kuzhambu | Curd. I have served this Murungai Keerai Poriyal with rice and Kondaikadali Kuzhambu and tasted delecious!
  • Don’t overcook the greens.  Add little water now and then to cook Keerai so that the green colour of the leaves will be retained.
  • These leaves will have a slight bitter taste but when combined with generous amount of urad dhal and coconut gratings, bitterness will not be felt. If you want, you can add a tsp of sugar while adding coconut.
  • The drumstick leaves should be cleaned when it is fresh, otherwise, the leaves will fall off with the stems and it will be difficult to separate both.
  • Yellow coloured drumstick  leaves should be discarded since it is believed that it will cause stomach pain and diarrhea.
Tags: Drumstick greens Stir Fry recipe, Murungai Keerai Recipes, Greens recipes, Muringai Keerai Thoran, Muringai Keerai thuvattal recipe,  Drumstick leaves poriyal, Drumstick leaves recipe