Drum stick leaves stir fry/ Muringa Ela Thoran

Muringa Ela (Drumstick Leaves) Thoran is a dry dish made of drumstick leaves. This dish is mostly made in Kerala, a state in South India. In a traditional method of preparation of this dish does not use Garlic, but in the modern-day, Garlic and Onion are also included.

Drumstick leaves (Moringa) is believed to have many healthful compounds that help prevent and cure diseases.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • Tender Drumstick leaves - 3 cups
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Salt - to taste
For Seasoning
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Dry red chilies 2
  • Shallots - 4 nos (sliced)
  • Curry Leaves - 4 leaves
  • Coconut oil or Sunflower oil - 1 tablespoon
Preparation (15 minutes)

  • Clean drumstick leaves. Drain the water and set it aside.
  • Take a medium-sized pan and add the washed drumstick leaves and 30 ml of water and saute for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in another pan, and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add in the turmeric powder, cumin seeds, sliced shallots, dry red chilies, curry leaves and saute until the onions turn light brown.
  • Mix the cooked drumstick leaves and the sauteed ingredients together and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
  • Add salt and grated coconut and mix well and cook for 2 minutes with a lid on.
  • Set aside the pan from the flame, and let it sit for 2 minutes with the lid on.
  • Serve hot with rice.