Muringa Ela Curry/Drumstick leaves in Lentils

Drumstick tree is one of the most versatile tree, the good news being all parts of the drum stick plant are edible:-) Starting from the leaves/flowers and of course the drumsticks
Back home in Kerala we had two trees in backyard. The tree was quite big but poor guy was not at all strong …very weak I must say
Every monsoon a big branch falls off and we would end up in drum stick diet for next 3 days

My mom who is the queen of creativity manage to include some part of the fallen drumstick branch in all 3 meals for next few days.Starting from Drumstick leave dosa to drumstick leave thoran n curry and even drumstick leaves ada.This one is from her Drumstick recipe collection:-)

Here is what you need
1/3 Cup Toor Dal
1 Cup Drumstick leaves
½ tspn turmeric powder
Grated Coconut ¼ Cup
Green Chilies 2
Salt to taste
1/2 Cup water

For tempering
2 tspn Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 Dried Red Chilly
2 shallots chopped finely.

Clean the lentils and soak for about15-30 minutes.
Pressure cook the lentils with water and turmeric powder till the lentils are soft and cooked well.
Add the Drumstick leaves to the cooked lentils and cover and cook over low flame for 10-15 minutes.

Grind together the Coconut, green chilies and add the mix to the drumstick leaves gravy
Once the gravy starts to boil, switch off the flame.

Meanwhile make the tempering by heating the oil in a wok, followed by adding mustard seeds and red chilies.
Once mustard seeds start to sputter add the shallots and sauté for a minute or two
Add the tempering to the curry and give it a stir.

There you have a nutritious muringa ela curry..

This is my entry to this month's Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Ria


  1. i love drumstick leaves ..the yellow color is making me so eat it right away..

  2. I'm a big fan of murunga keerai and seeing this dish has increased my hunger pangs. beautiful clicks.

  3. It looks wonderful.You posted healthy and tasty dal.

  4. Curry looks very healthy and delicious..

  5. Love drumstickeaves. Yaar.. Looks very creamy and the first click isbeautiful

  6. Thick curry looks soo wonderful and inviting..

  7. Looks Wonderful and beautifully captured as well:)

  8. Looks very gud and love your clicks

  9. Looks yummy and your photo is just amazing!

  10. Healthy & delicious drumstick.. Awesome clicks

  11. So tempting, Ramya! This is one of my fav dish :)

  12. FIRST TIME IN YOUR BLOG...VERY HEALTHY RECIPE. good to foolow you..

  13. Delicious muringa ela curry..Lovely clicks!

  14. I love this curry. Looks delicious.

  15. The first feeling came to my mind looking at your post is...jealousy lol!
    I totally love these leaves but have never been able to find them here in the has been ages since I had them and seeing your wonderful pics am totally craving it! :)

    US Masala

  16. delicious looks wonderful
    healthy combination

  17. Fabulous curry..missing my mom's murugai keerai diah..

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  18. Looks delicious and great clicks...

  19. Well, ramya, wat to say, I made the same one yesterday with palak leaves and photographed in a similiar bowl! total coincidence.
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  20. Excellent looking healthy curry dear. Looks so soothing.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. We don't get murunga elai here. Dal looks super yummy.

  22. it looks so the click

  23. Lovely Blog with unique recipes,I haven't seen it before and aslo very healthy one.

  24. excellent recipe! its very innovative....makes it a must try!

  25. Just as one thinks they finally heard of every ingredient on the plant, a new one is introduced. I've never heard of drumstick leaves, I'm intrigued. This recipe if perfect for my event this month....................

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