Murungai keerai usili - drumstick leaves dry curry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins

Drumstick leaves stir fry - A simple and healthy South Indian stir fry recipe with drumstick leaves and goes well with hot rice.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Nandini
  • 3 cups Drumstick leaves (loosely packed)
  • 2 tbsp Bengal gram / Chana dal
  • 5 tbsp Grated coconut
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Mirchi powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Urad dal
  • 5 tsp Oil
  • 2 Green chilis
  1. Soak chana dal in a cup of water for 2 hours. Drain the water and pulse it in a mixer to grind coarsely. 

  2. Take it into a bowl and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.

  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal and let them splutter. Add green chilies and fry it.

  4. Now add washed drumstick leaves, turmeric and salt (add salt only for drumstick leaves) and fry for few minutes. Add water till immersing level and cook for approx 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  5. Fry until the leaves are cooked and you get a nice aroma. Then add steamed chana dal, grated coconut, and salt for chana dal and make a stir to combine all well.

  6. You can add red chili powder if it is not much spicy. That's it drumstick leaves usili is ready to serve. Serve it with hot rice and dollop of ghee. :)