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.


  1. Thank you for sharing. I’ve never heard of drumstick leaves. I love knowing of new foods.
    Sounds and looks yum!

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comments. Drumstick trees are mostly found in Africa and southern Asia. It could be available in other parts also but I am not sure. If available in your region, it’s a must try. Follow and subscribe to my blog for delicious, healthy, recipes. You can write to me on mangosapiens@outlook.com for information.

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