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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Murungai keerai Thoran Recipe | Muringayila Thoran | Drumstick leaves cooked with coconut

Mom makes aviyal and murungaikeerai thoran more often when I am at home. She follows my maternal grandmother's recipe when it comes to thoran. My Granny is also a great cook and she follows Kerala cuisine. When we were kids, my cousins and I help our granny to pluck these leaves while listening to her stories. I cherish those memories by sharing it with Jany these days. Let's see the recipe of this thoran that is very close to my heart. 
Murungai Keerai - 3 Cups 
Salt - as required 
To Grind 
Coconut -1/4 Cup 
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp 
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
Garlic - 4(Cloves) 
To Temper: 
Oil - 1 tsp 
Mustard - 1 tsp 
Curry leaves - few 
Shallots - 5 to 6 (chopped roughly) 
1. Remove the drumstick leaves from the stems. Wash it well in running water, drain it and keep it aside. Grind the items under 'To grind' to a coarse paste without adding water.(Just pulse it once or twice) 
2. In a pan, add some oil. Allow the mustard seeds and curry leaves to splutter. Then add the chopped shallots and allow it to cook until the onion turns translucent. Then add the ground coconut masala and saute it until the raw smell leaves. Finally add the drumstick leaves, and sprinkle little water.
3. Close it with a lid and allow it to cook for 5 to 7 mins. Open the lid and gently give a quick stir. Switch off the flame. Serve the murungai keerai thoran with steamed rice by drizzling ghee on top of it. I usually served it with fish curry .
Points to remember:
  • Don't compromise on the quantity of the coconut. Also, make sure to grind it coarsely.
  • Adding garlic gives nice flavor to the thoran. 
  • It is time consuming to pluck the leaves, so try to pluck it the day before you cook. The next day just wash it and cook.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. oh wow I love this recipe!! have a huge morangai tree in our garden , but limited recipes so thhanks for sharing

  2. yummy n delicious..healthy green :)


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