Drumstick Leaves -Dal Curry | Murungai Keerai Poricha Kuzhambu

I got a bunch of this super healthy green ," murungai keerai"  called as drumstick leaves in English to make a healthy breakfast ,adai, and I was left with more bunch of leaves.So while browsing I got attracted by this kuzhmabu and decided to go for it . I had a doubt how my kids will react to it and they didn't complain any and it was super delicious .I strongly suggest to try this.I did a slight variation by adding few garlic pods while grinding for easy digestion.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: under 30 mins
Serves: 3-4


  • Drumstick leaves- 1 cup
  • Moong dal- 1\3 cup
  • turmeric powder- 1\2 tsp
  • sambar powder- 1 tsp
  • salt- to taste
  • oil- 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds-1\2 tsp
  • urad dal- 1\4 tsp

To grind:

  • coconut pieces- 1 tbsp
  • cumin/jeera seeds- 1\2 tsp
  • garlic pods- 3
  • green chilly-2


1.Clean the dal and cook it with turmeric powder and water.When it is done add in the cleaned leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2.Meanwhile, grind the ingredients under  "to grind" to a fine paste with some water.

3.Add this ground coconut paste,sambar powder and salt to the cooked dal-green mix ,water and allow to boil well.

4.When the raw smell vanishes and the gravy become semi thick switch off.

5.Heat another small pan with oil, pop out mustard and urad dal and add to it.

Tasty and healthy poricha kuzhambu or kootu is ready to be served for hot steaming rice along with any side dish.I served it with beetroot thoran.


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