Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai Kootu recipe

Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai kootu recipe 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 when ever you buy murungai Keerai from now. Prepare this tasty recipe following these easy steps.

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Garden fresh drumstick leaves
Garden fresh drumstick leaves

Murungai Keerai is rich in calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals.


  • drumstick/murungai Keerai – 1 bundle (2cups)
  • onion – 1 (chopped)
  • cooked moong dal – 3/4 cup
  • coconut milk – 1 cup
  • red chilly powder – 3/4 tsp
  • salt – to taste

For Seasoning:-

  • veg oil – 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • urad dal – 1 tsp
  • red chilly – 1
Ingredients – murungai Keerai, cooked moong dal, coconut milk, chopped onion, mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilly, red chilly powder and salt


1. Cook moong dal in a pan adding water. It’s better to cook moong dal in a open pan than in a pressure cooker because it’ll not take much time. We can also see the stages of cooking and stop when needed. When the dal is cooked well and starts to open as it’s in the photo below, it’ll be the correct stage to stop.

Cooked dal

2. Extract a thick coconut milk from 1/2 a coconut to get 1 cup of milk.

3. Heat one tsp of oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal. When it turns golden, add split red chilly followed by chopped onion.

Frying ingredients in pan
Frying ingredients in pan

4. When onion turns pale, add drumstick/murungai Keerai and sauté for few minutes. Now add water (you can use dal cooked water) and close with a lid.

Drumstick leaves added
Drumstick leaves added
Water added
Water adde

5. When Keerai was well cooked, add red chilly powder and salt.

Red chilly powder and salt added
Red chilly powder and salt added

6. When raw smell of chilly powder goes, add cooked moong dal.

Cooked dal added
Cooked dal added

7. Mix well and finally before switching off the stove, add coconut milk.

Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai kootu recipe
Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai kootu recipe

8. Prepare this kootu thick or little watery according to your needed consistency. This can be served as side dish for idli, dosa, rice or chapathi.

Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai kootu recipe
Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai kootu recipe

For more drumstick recipes in my website click on the links below

1. Drumstick leaves | Murungai Keerai vadai recipe

2. Drumstick leaf | murungai Keerai sambar

3. Drumstick | Murungai keerai stem soup recipe


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