Saturday, July 23, 2022



In case you didn't know, drumstick leaves ( also known as Moringa Leaves) are considered to be super healthy. It can do you a lot of good in many ways as detailed in this article from PharmEasy. "Moringa Leaves- 16 Health Benefits You Should Know".

Decades ago almost every house in Bengaluru used to have a drumstick tree in their back yard. In my parents house we had one such tree so I have been used to dishes made with drumsticks and drumstick leaves since childhood. These days of course things are very different. Yet, if you can get hold of drumstick leaves, please do use them as often as you can. 

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with drumstick leaves such as:-

Today's recipe is for a curry made with these health-filled drumstick leaves. I prefer to make this rather thick so that we can enjoy them with hot chapatis but you can adjust the consistency and make it more gravy- like to have with hot steamed rice. 

Do give it a try and let me know what you thought of this dish. 


  • Drumstick/ Moringa Leaves, 2 cups
  • Green Gram (Moong) Dal, 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Medium-sized Onion, 1
  • Medium-sized Tomato, 1
  • Salt, to taste
To Be Ground To A Paste:-
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/3 cup
  • Green Chillies, 2
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
For Seasoning:-
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli, broken into halves, 1
  • Blackgram (Split Urad) Dal, 2 tsp
  • Oil, 2 -3 tsp

Remove the drumstick leaves from their stems 
Discard the stems -retaining only the very tender and small ones
Wash and chop the drumstick leaves. Keep aside

Finely chop the onion, chop the tomato and green chillies

Wash the moong dal and pressure cook in adequate water adding a little turmeric powder, for 3-4 whistles
Once the cooker cools, remove the cooked dal and mash it with the back of a ladle. Keep aside

In a small mixer jar, grind together fresh coconut gratings, chopped green chillies and cumin seeds to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water. Keep aside

Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
When they splutter add the urad dal  and broken red chilli and sauté till the dal changes colour
To this add the finely chopped onion and sauté till they turn translucent
Next add the chopped tomato and a little salt and turmeric powder and sauté till the tomato becomes soft and mushy 
When the tomato is cooked add the chopped drumstick leaves, mix well and add a little water
Cook the drumstick leaves on medium heat stirring from time to time
Do not cover this while cooking

Once the drumstick leaves are cooked, add the mashed dal and the ground paste prepared earlier
Mix well and add salt to taste
Add water as required to get the desired consistency
Cook for another 2-3 minutes
Switch off the gas and transfer the Drumsticks Leaves Curry to a serving bowl
Serve with rice, chapati, etc   

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