Drumstick | Murungai recipes | Poongodi’s Kitchen

Drumstick | Murungai recipes | Poongodi’s Kitchen explains about various dishes prepared using drumstick leaves, fruits and stems. It is a very healthy plant which is rich in calcium, iron, phosphorous and vitamins and so helps in the development of bones, teeth, immune system and increases appetite.

Botanical name for Murungai is “Moringa olifera”.

M. oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South Asia. It is widely cultivated for its young seed pods and leaves used as vegetables and for traditional herbal medicine. It is also used for water purification.  M. oleifera is considered to be an aggressive invasive species.

It is called as “Murungai” in tamil and almost all parts such as leaves, flowers, fruits and stem are edible.

drumstick leaves
drumstick leaves
drumstick fruits
drumstick fruits
drumstick flowers
drumstick flowers

To know more about Moringa click on the links below.

Moringa – an amazing tree 

Health benefits of Moringa

Drumstick | Murungai recipes | Poongodi’s Kitchen

1.  drumstick leaves curry | முருங்கை கீரை பச்சடி

Murungai keerai pachadi is a tasty healthy side dish prepared with drumstick leaves, toor dal, grated coconut, sambar powder, tamarind paste, salt, onion and seasoning done with mustard seeds, red chilly and urad dal.  Murungai keerai pachadi can be served as side dish along with sambar rice and curd rice.

Drumstick leaves pachadi
Drumstick leaves pachadi

2. Drumstick leaves sambar | முருங்கை கீரை சாம்பார்

Drumstick leaves sambar is a side dish for rice prepared with Murungai keerai, toor dal, sambar powder, tamarind, salt, onion and tomato. The method is the same as that of preparing other sambars, but with the healthy drumstick leaves.

Drumstick leaves sambar
Drumstick leaves sambar

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3. Drumstick leaves vadai | முருங்கை கீரை வடை

Drumstick leaves vadai is a crispy tasty vadai prepared with drumstick leaves, Channa dal, red chillies and salt. It is also called as “keera vadai” which and can be prepared as evening snacks for children and elders and  as side dish for lunch. Vadai becomes very healthy with green fresh murungai leaves.

Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai vadai recipe
Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai vadai recipe

4. Drumstick leaves kootu | முருங்கை கீரை கூட்டு

Drumstick leaves kootu is a Chettinad cuisine which can be prepared as side dish for idli, dosai or rice. We get the tastes of both moong dal and coconut milk together with healthy murungai Keerai. Try this recipe once and your family members will love it’s taste. This recipe may come to your mind after you prepare once and when ever you buy murungai Keerai from shops.

Drumstick leaves kootu
Drumstick leaves kootu

5. Drumstick leaves soup | முருங்கை கீரை சூப்

Drumstick leaves soup is prepared with drumstick leaves, onion, tomato, garlic, cooked toor dal and other spices. This is a healthy and tasty soup which can be served inbetween meals or as starters. You can garnish the soup with finely chopped fresh vegetables, fried corn flakes or bread and serve hot

Drumstick leaves soup
Drumstick leaves soup

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6. drumstick leaf chutney | முருங்கை கீரை சட்னி

drumstick leaf chutney is prepared with healthy drumstick leaves, pearl onions, garlic cloves, green chillies, red chillies, coconut, tamarind and salt and served as side dish with idli, dosa or rice.

Drumstick leaves chutney
Drumstick leaves chutney

7. drumstick leaves powder | முருங்கை கீரை பொடி

drumstick leaves powder is a healthy podi prepared with dried drumstick leaves, channa dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, red chillies, asafoetida and salt. This podi is served with gingelly oil or ghee for rice, dosa and idli. You can prepare this podi when you get drumstick leaves in abundant from garden.

Drumstick leaf powder
Drumstick leaf powder

8. Drumstick Sambar | முருங்கைக்காய் சாம்பார்

Drumstick Sambar recipe is an easy to prepare, popular South Indian sambar recipe served as side dish with rice, idli or dosa.  Drumstick, sambar powder, toor dal, tamarind and salt are the main ingredients used

Drumstick sambar
Drumstick sambar

9. Drumstick thokku | முருங்கைக்காய் தொக்கு

Murungaikkai Thokku recipe | drumstick Thokku is made with drumstick pulp which goes well with curd rice. Murungaikkai is rich in iron, calcium and vitamins. It is good for anemia. This dish can be prepared when you get drumstick in large quantity from your drumstick  tree in garden or from market. Serve this dish along with rice and ghee.

Drumstick thokku
Drumstick thokku

10. Drumstick stem soup | முருங்கை தண்டு சூப்

Drumstick | Murungai keerai stem soup recipe Is prepared using the stems after using keerai for other dishes. It is a healthy soup prepared along with onions and other ingredients. When you make any dish with drumstick keerai do not throw away the stems. The stems too have the same health benefits as of the leaves. Now we will prepare a tasty soup using drumstick stem by following the easy steps given below.

Drumstick stem soup
Drumstick stem soup
Drumstick | Murungai recipes | Poongodi’s Kitchen
Drumstick | Murungai recipes | Poongodi’s Kitchen

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