Muringakaaya Chelli Parippu Curry ~ Malabar Drumstick Lentil Curry with Dried Shrimp



Time for the second week of the Blogging Marathon #88! After choosing “Protien Rich Ingredient” as the first theme, where I chose eggs, and featured Double Cheese Omelette, Akuri and Microwave Omelette, the second week theme that I chose was also another protien ingredient – “Dazzling Dals”. I had already done a lentil theme in one of the previous BM edition, but then lentil recipes are never enough, right? We are always looking at new ways of cooking up lentils so that people who have folks like me at home who frown at the sight of lentils will at least eat them without much fuss. 😀


The first recipe I am featuring is an example of how we Malabaris love to add a non-vegetarian twist to our vegetarian dishes. Hehe… Most of the households will have a little jar of “chelli” (ചെള്ളി) in our pantry. It is basically sun dried shrimp that shrinks to small size. The interesting part is that this ingredient is used in a lot of South Asian dishes, like Malay and Indonesian cooking, so I am not sure who influenced whom! Even though I can’t eat fresh prawns due to allergy reasons, I love to gorge on dishes which includes its dried counterpart, especially “chelli chammanthi”, which is a dry coconut chutney, that goes amazingly well with some neriya dosa – yum! Unfortunately, I haven’t made it yet for the blog, must do so quite soon!


This is a simple lentil curry, which has drumsticks in it and is spiked with some powdered chelli. You can use any vegetable instead of drumstick, but this dried shrimp powder goes really well with this vegetable and also with aubergines. In fact this recipe is not much difference from the brinjal curry I shared some time ago, but the addition of this tiny bit of this ingredients makes a lot of difference to the end taste. You really wouldn’t mind going for a second serving of rice with this delicious curry. Please don’t mind the crappy pictures that I took from my mobile since I had no mood to pull up my camera and I was having a howling group at the background who were just plain hungry!


If you are in a mood for a rice meal for dinner during one of these Ramadan nights, then this one’s the curry for you! Pair it up with a nice fish fry and a beans upperi and your dinner is set… yum…






4.89 from 9 votes

Muringakaaya Chelli Parippu Curry ~ Malabar Drumstick Lentil Curry with Dried Shrimp

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 long drumsticks muringakaaya
  • 1/3 cup masoor dal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chelli/ dried shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pearl onion
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3-4 dried red chilli


  • Clean the drumsticks and cut into small pieces.
  • Put the dal along with turmeric, green chillies and salt, add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Cook on low flame till the dal is almost done. Add in the drumsticks and more water if needed and cook till done.
  • Meanwhile, grind the ingredients under "for grinding" with little water till smooth.
  • Add it to the cooked dal and cook on simmer for five minutes. Switch off.
  • Heat oil for tempering. Splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the curry leaves and dried chilies briefly. Pour into curry and keep closed for five minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice and fish fry.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what the other Blogging Marathoners are doing this BM#88


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  1. The curry sounds lovely and I am sure I can transform this into a lovely vegetarian dish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali… for making it completely vegetarian, you just need to skip the shrimp…

  2. Must be very flavoursome with dried shrimp and coconut!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  3. Oooooh!! Yum!!dried shrinp in lentils??? Definitely new for me rafee!! Gotta try this one!!!
    And yes its getting so difficult cooking and photographing during ramadhan! I only posted yesterday coz of this blogging marathon! Lol

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Farah…

  4. looks yumm. I love drumstick beans.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Nammi…

  5. Delicious Curry,surely it must have tasted wonderful with the addition of the dried shrimps!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  6. 5 stars
    Curry looks delicious! I don’t use dry shrimp in my cooking and you are tempting me use it.

  7. 5 stars
    By the way, it is a second week of protein rich theme for me as well. Even I am doing dazzling dals this week

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… inch pinch on sharing the themes! Thank you so much Usha…

  8. Dried shrimp in a lentil curry is new to me. I guess it is really flavourful and the fact that you have made it in a mud pot, it must taste amazing..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  9. It is amazing how many similarities you can find in food from such far off places! Fish, oyster and scrimp sauce is so common in East Asia. The coconut gravy with the dal and drumstick sounds so flavorful.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Varada…

  10. Omg, dried shrimps and drumstic with lentils thats seriously a fabulous dish. Never had a chance to cook with both dal and shrimps together. Now am tempted to make this dal curry very soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyakka…

  11. 4 stars
    As I don’t eat shrimp so cannot comment on that but adding drumsticks to a dal is definitely a healthy and filling curry. I’ve not made drumsticks with dal. Going to give it a new avatar–a veggie one.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  12. Rafeeda, this is a fantastic dish to showcase! Even though I am a vegetarain, I love reading about authentic ways a dish is prepared. I am sure your family enjoyed this meal!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Valli…

  13. 5 stars
    Such a unique recipe using dried shrimp. Never had tasted with dal based curry, sounds interesting and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sandhiya…

  14. 5 stars
    Drumsticks with Dal really comes out so good…your Dal looks tempting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Renu…

  15. Interesting. Since I am not exposed to meat I am sure I can conveniently omit that component.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, definitely you can! Thanks a lot Harini…

  16. That looks very flavourful ….lovely pick for the dazzling dals

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sowmya…

  17. 5 stars
    That is such a flavorful and delicious looking malabar lentil curry Rafeeda. That coconut spice paste must have added so much flavor to the dal.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  18. This looks so authentic!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Pankti…

  19. 5 stars
    Mmmmm! I love this drumstick curry with dried prawns. I have developed a taste for these dry prawns here in Goa. But the Goans make a delicious side dish. But then I digress, this is yum.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archanaji…

  20. 5 stars
    I love the use of dried shrimp in this – it adds so much flavor

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

  21. 5 stars
    Drumsticks and masoor dal curry sound very interesting combo, I am yet to try Malabar style curries, will try with this one.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

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