Enjoy the benefits of the superfood drumstick leaves with these recipes

By September 9, 2020 Health & Nutrition, LifeStyle

Sourced with thanks from food.ndtv.com

Drumsticks are a very common ingredient in south Indian cooking. Maybe lesser known and used in other parts of India, but in south India the drumstick leaves (Murungai Elai) are part of the cuisine. Many of you must be aware that drumstick leaves are considered superfood on account of the multiple health benefits or supplements it adds to your well-being. However, the question often asked is how do I introduce drumstick leaves into my diet. The article below will help as the author has curated three south Indian recipes that make good use of drumstick leaves. Team RetyrSmart

Enjoy the benefits of the superfood drumstick leaves with these recipes

COVID-19 has put the focus on ingredients that build immunity. It’s one reason for the renewed interest in moringa and drumstick leaves. There are few greens and vegetables that can match the wealth of benefits that are packed into drumstick leaves. For instance, drumstick leaves contain more Vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than milk. It’s a rich source of iron, one reason why it’s used to battle anaemia. And then there’s zinc that combines with Vitamin C (aside from Vitamin D and B in drumstick leaves) to bolster its immunity-boosting properties. Other benefits include its anti-inflammatory properties and the presence of antioxidants.

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There are quite a few South Indian recipes that allow you to add drumstick leaves to your diet. From rasam, to a stir-fry or poriyal, you can try these easy recipes at home.

Murungai Elai Chaaru | Drumstick Leaf Soup

Recipe courtesy Sujan Mukherjee – Executive Chef, Taj Coromandel

(Serves 4)

This nutritious soup combines the curative properties of drumstick leaves along with dal and is a great appetiser.


Drumsticks leaves: 1 bunch
Masoor dal whole: 100 gm
Garlic pearls: 20 gm
Shallots: 30 gm
Refined oil: 30 ml
Cinnamon: 2 gm
Cloves: 2 gm
Ginger: 20 gm
Turmeric powder: 2 gm
cumin seeds: 3 gm
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Salt: to taste
Byadgi chilli: 3 gm
Mustard: 2 gm
Asafoetida: 1 gm


  1. Wash and peel the drumsticks leaves and blanch it. Make a fine puree of the same.
  2. Boil the masoor dal along with cinnamon and cloves.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan add mustard seeds, cumin, chopped shallots, garlic and ginger. Sauté it nicely.
  4. Add the byadgi chilli and curry leaves to it and mix well.
  5. Now, add boiled masoor dhal and allow to boil.
  6. Once it’s boiled well, add the blanched drumsticks leaves puree to it.
  7. Mix well. Add salt and asafoetida to it.
  8. Check the seasoning and strain the soup.
  9. Serve hot.

Murungai Elai Vadai | Drumstick Leaf Vada

Serves 10 pieces

This simple, rustic recipe combines the goodness of drumstick leaves with ragi.


– Ragi flour: 1 cup
– Drumstick leaves (without stalks): 1 bunch
– Small onions (shallots): 10
– Jeera: 1 teaspoon
– Coriander (finely chopped): a few sprigs
– Curry leaves (finely chopped): a few sprigs
– Ginger (grated): a small piece
– Green chillies (finely chopped): 2
– Salt: to taste
– Cooking oil to fry


  1. Combine all ingredients with the flour, add water as you do and blend to perfection.
  2. Flatten the mixture to thin discs.
  3. Fry carefully in normal oil.
  4. The key to this is to make sure the vadas are fried to perfection. Don’t over fry the vadas; it could result in the vadas getting charred.

Murungai Elai Poriyal | Stir-Fried Drumstick Leaves


-.Small onions (Shallots): 10
– Drumstick leaves (without stalks) 2 handfuls
– Garlic (crushed): 2-3 pods
– Dried chilli: 2
– Turmeric: 1/4 teaspoon
– Asafoetida: a pinch
– Curd: 1 spoon

For tempering:

Curry leaves: a few sprigs
Urad dal: 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard: 1/4 teaspoon
Dried chilli: 2
Gingelly oil: 1 teaspoon


  1. Rinse the drumstick leaves and keep aside.
  2. Temper the mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and red chillies in gingelly oil.
  3. Then add the shallots, asafoetida and then garlic.
  4. Add the drumstick leaves and stir.
  5. Place a lid on the cooking vessel and let it cook for five minutes on a medium flame.
  6. Add the curd and salt and stir before you serve.

This healthy recipe retains much of the goodness of the drumstick leaves. The curd doesn’t just add a nice flavour twist but also adds a unique texture. Serve it as an accompaniment with rice and sambar or rasam.

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