Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Muringa ella/Drumstick leaves Thoran

Drumsticks must be quite a favorite for many of us and we have a hundred new ways of making those tender green pods. But to our surprise when we were picking these dark greeny drumstick leaves which is a rare find in our Indian grocers, lots of them asked us about what we'd do with them and how we'd cook them. That's when we realized its popular only down south, specially in Kerala where most homes have plenty of drumstick trees growing in the backyards and the pods, the flowers and the leaves have a culinary usage.

These drumstick leaves are full of all the good vitamins and iron and can be made this way or can be added into any dal for an interesting change. Also remember that these leaves are slightly bitter, pretty close to the taste of methi leaves.

Prep Time: 1o mins (excluding all the time for plucking out these lil leaves)
Ingredients

Drumstick leaves: a bowl full
Red pearl onions/Shallots: 5-6
Garlic: 1/2 pod
Ginger(chopped): 1 teaspoon
Coconut: 5-6 tablespoons
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Raw rice: 1 teaspoon
Urad dal: 1 teaspoon
Curryleaves: one sprig
Dried red chillies: 2-3
Oil to saute

Heat some oil in a pan. Splutter the mustard seeds, urad dal and the dried red chillies. Add the raw rice and curry leaves. Roughly crush the garlic pod, ginger and pearl onions using a mortar and pestle. Add this to the pan and nicely saute. Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Now add the drum stick leaves and saute well. Toss everything until it gets mixed well. Cover the pan for about 5 mins . The drumstick leaves turn color to a dark green. Add coconut and toss once again. Adjust the salt. The thoran is ready to be served with hot rice.

26 comments:

  1. OMG...Muringa ilayilayum kittumo Seattle lle..One of us is a die hard fan of muringa ila thoran...Eny thamasam Angottekakendi varum...Its soo hard to find many of our Kerala Stuff here in Louisiana :-(...

    Love the thoran ketto..Kikikidu...

    Love
    KS

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  2. I just love Murunga ilai. Its really healthy and yummy. We used to add in it the adai batter and make murunga adai. :) yummy thoran. Clicks looks neat and good. :)

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  3. healthy delicious thoran..I love anything made with murunga leaf..

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  4. Drumstick flowers and leaves have a lot of medicinal properties as well. its very popular here in Bengal too and we mostly stir fry them or make daal. this one is new and would try to recreate it in my kitchen. lovely pic.

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  5. Its really Healthy and delicious Thoran..

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  6. Thoran looks so yummy and healthy too....

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  7. This looks just delicious !!

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  8. Wat a healthy thoran, just love it..

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  9. yummy and a healthy thoran.you have a nice blog.you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

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  10. OHH! Love Drumstick leaves, one of my fav greens, recently I found this from local stores after so many years :) Recipe sounds Yummy!

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  11. Murungai Keerai,one fo the greens I miss in US.Lucky you.Healthy.

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  12. Wat a coincidence...I too made them yday ...Such a healthy Thoran...Nice Clicks !!

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  13. I too love drumsticks..this dish looks super delicious and tempting :)

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  14. love muriga ela thoran... this looks great!

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  15. Very healthy. Nice preparation too.My favorite item.

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  16. healthy thoran...i love this very much!

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  17. Wooow,,dear u will get murungai keerai ter in ur place,,here i dont find this keerai dear i like it very much my amma use to add it with adai, vadai, dosai n poriyal,,ur's looks great dear..

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  18. where on earth did you get muringa ila here?? next time you see some, pls buy some for me too and send me your address, i'll come pick it up!! I love them!!

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  19. Oh! I envy you all, where do you people get all these leaves!!, Reminds me of Bangalore!!, I love them too!!, That is one classic dish!, lovely click too!!

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  20. I like murungai keerai very much. Very tempting dish & looks great.

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  21. wow that looks really awesome

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  22. @Superchef. Well its one rare find here at Apna Bazaar , Bellevue. Mostly grab it on Thursdays since thats when the weekly fresh load comes in. We shall get some for you next time we spot it.

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  23. I had so much of these after I had my son..
    But I still love the simple great taste of this...

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  24. Hey wow nice blog....im new to blogging but first impressed by your blog as it is made by two frnz...thats so nice of u both....i wish i had one frnd here to share my blog.. :(
    Nice blog and wonderful beautiful recipes and presentation...

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