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Murungai Elai Poriyal (Drumstick leaves fry) – Visual recipe
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Murungai Elai Poriyal (Drumstick leaves fry) – Visual recipe

The fruits and leaves of Drumstick (called Murungai in Tamil) are used to make variety of culinary dishes in various parts of India especially south India. Today, lets try out one such recipe  with the leaves – drumstick leaves fry, also called Murungai keerai poriyal in Tamil. It is easy to make, tastes great and also has good nutritious value.


Murungai keerai (Drumstick leaves) : 2 cups

Coconut shredded: 1 cup (or less,  as per your choice)

Onion: 1-2

Jeera: 1  tbps

Garlic: 2-3 cloves

Chilly powder – 1 tbsp  (or as per taste)

Salt (as per taste)

 Steps to make Murungai Elai poriyal

Step 1: Sort out the drumstick leaves and clean it and keep aside.

Step 2: Grind grated coconut, garlic, jeera, chilly powder and salt together.

Step 3: Chop onions.

Step 4: Stir fry the onions till golden brown.

Step 5: Add the drumstick leaves to the frying pan

Step 6: And stir fry the ingredients together for few minutes till it is tender cooked…

Step 7: Add the grinded coconut masala …

Step 8: Fry for 2-3 minutes… At this stage, you can check for salt and chilly and if needed you can add as per your choice.

Step 9: Drumstick leaves fry (Murungai elai poriyal) is ready to serve…

Traditionally it is served along with curd rice, rasam rice, dal rice etc you can also try with rotis.

0 30 July, 2011 Food Recipe July 30, 2011

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He is the lead man of GingerChai and plays the multi role of chief author, editor, business development and also of a chaiwala! (Tea maker!) He is the master brewer at Ginger Chai.

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  1. Purba

    I’ve had drumsticks but never the leaves. I am so tempted to contribute a recipe for Ginger Chai but I wont be able to give you pics.

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