Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

Drumstick leaves / Murungai Keerai have been a part of Indian cuisine for a long time. These leaves may be considered as a king of all greens due to its numerous health benefits. During my childhood days, we used to have drumstick tree at our backyard from which we pluck leaves, drumstick and its flowers.My mom prepares poriyal, sambar and many other recipes with it which are packed with fresh flavour. Each and every part of the tree is beneficial.

Drumstick leaves can also be used during the preparation of Adai (SouthIndian Lentil Dosa). These leaves are sauted and added to the Adai batter. It is also added at the final stage in the preparation of Homemade Ghee(Will share soon) which gives an awesome flavor and iron-rich ghee. It goes well as a Side dish for rice with sambar or any tamarind based gravies.

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Drumstick Leaves- 2 cups

Toor dhal – 1 tbsp

Shallots – 10 nos

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Red chilli – 3 nos

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Uradh dhal – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Water – 1/2 cups ( approx)


  1. Rinse the toor dhal and cook it with water and little turmeric powder till soft. Cook dhal should be soft but not mushy and each pulse should be separate, not sticky. Keep this aside.                       toor dhal.jpg
  2. Separate the drumstick leaves from the stem and rinse well in water . Keep this aside.
  3. In a pan, heat oil and let the mustard seeds splitter. Then add uradh dhal and fry till golden.
  4. Now add a tsp of cumin seeds and the red chillies. Fry till the flavor of cumin seeds arises.
  5. Then add the curry leaves and shallots. Saute till onion turns transparent.
  6. Now add the cleaned drumstick leaves and mix well. Within a minute, the leaves shrinks in size.                    sauted drumstick leaves.jpg
  7. Fry till the raw flavor of leaves go away and it’s well cooked.
  8. Once the leaves are well cooked, add the cooked toor dhal and mix well.toor dal added to drumstickleaves
  9. Now fry for a minute such that the dhal and drumstick leaves mixes well.
  10. Switch of the flame and serve.


  • Grated coconut can be added at the final stage if you wish.

43 thoughts on “Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

  1. Hi PriyaPandian, don’t know yet how to address you in your name, it sounds all very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe, I went to India last and was mesmerized of the beauty of your country. I love Indian and vegetarian food, I was just wondering what drumstick leaves are, is this like some kind of Kale we get here in the US? Namaste

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    1. Thank you so much Cornelia for stopping by ☺️. You can address me as Priya 😊 I’m glad that you loved our country and recipes. Drumstick leaves are not similar to kale. It has smaller green leaves and it produces long stick like veggie. Hope you heard the names Moringa/horseradish tree ( other common names​ of drumstick tree). Hope you got to understand it👍


  2. Looks so delicious Priya. I haven’t heard of drumstick leaves in the UK and I wonder if we can get them fresh here? After a quick search I can only find them in a powder 😦 I love green vegetables and leaves and would love to try … all the uses you mentioned sound so good.

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