Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Muringya Ela Thoran / Drumstick Leaf Stir-Fry

In kerala a drumstick tree in the backyard of a house is a common sight. There is one our back yard too. This gives a good supply of drumsticks and leaves to cook when ever you desire for a dish made out of it. Now to make this drumstick leaves upperi / thoran, pick on young drumstick leaves. Older leaves tend to be more bitter. Pick just the leaves off the stem and then clean them well.


2 to 3 cups - Drumstick leaves,washed
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 cup - Shallot/ small onion, chopped

Coarsely grind

1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
1/4 tsp - Jeera
1 big - Shallot / small onion
2 - Green chili


1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves


1 ) Heat a wok or kadai with coconut oil, add mustard seeds and pop it in medium heat. Then add the shallots and fry till lightly browned. Then add turmeric powder and salt to taste and stir in.

2 ) Now add the drumstick leaves, stir and then close with a lid and cook on low heat till the leaves get wilted. Then add the coarsely ground coconut mixture, stir, close with a lid and further cook on low heat for few more minutes till done. The leaves will get cooked in it's moisture. Take care to see that the leaves don't stick to the bottom of the pan and start burning from lack of moisture.

Serve hot as a side dish with rice.

Variation - When the quantity of the leaves are less or even otherwise if you need a variation, add little par- cooked toor dal, and cook with the drumstick leaves. following the same recipe.


Mallugirl said...

wow! this is one of my fav greens.

Pravs said...

Mallugirl : Even my fav too :)

Sushma Mallya said...

seems very healthy and delicious..love simple stir fries as this one

Kairali sisters said...

Pravs, our fav too, evide NO ile backyardil ano muringa ullathe, kollalo..Njgal Baton rougeil evidem kanditilla..

Kairali sisters

Pravs said...

Sushma : Yes, healthy and good :)

Kairali sisters : lol..no..no.. i am talking about back in my hometown :)

Suman Singh said...

drumstick leaves stir fey looks healthy and delicious..Its been a while I had this veggie..yummy!

PranisKitchen said...

here its hard to find the same..where did u buy this(backyard u mentioned here or in india)
anyway very helathy n tasty one.. missing this delcious thoran

Muraligeetham said...

thats my fav too ...nice presentation !

BeenaShylesh said...

hai dear..how r u..this is very healthy food....it contain many nutritions value...we add lots of garlic while preparing this thoran..it gives an extra taste...u try next time...

Pravs said...

Suman : Thanks...do try when you can get hoold of this greens :)

Praniskitchen : you can check out in china town, asian stores.

Muraligeetham : Good to know you like this thoran too :)

Beena : I will try with garlic next time. Thanks for suggesting. I am good..hope you are doing well too.

Suja Sugathan said...

This is my favorite green..very healthy and delicious.
Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging words.
Really love your blog and had been here several times ...more than two years when I was learning the basics your blog was my helpful guide:) Thanks a million:)

Pravs said...

Suja : Oh, i am so happy to know that. Thanks for telling me :)

Anonymous said...

Ah! I miss these yummy greens. I never get drumstick leaves and fresh drumsticks here. Muringya ela kootaan is one of my favorite comfort food. Ofcourse I love thoran too. Kodhiyaavunnu!


Anonymous said...

what makes drumstick leaves bitter?