Muringayila Curry ~ Drumstick Leaves in Ground Coconut Sauce



Sometimes, I terribly miss umma. Especially after my sister made a tiny appearance for three days a couple of weeks ago… I have perfectly got adjusted to my life without them, much better that what I had expected. Anybody I keep talking to talk ask with a lot of sympathy as to how I am managing without her. I only smile and tell them, “We will never have everybody in our life every time, right?” This fact has helped me in a positive way to take her departure in my stride. After all, we also should find ways to keep the wide mouths and open minds of those who are more interested in knowing us struggle than genuinely be concerned about our situations shut. Hehe…


Today, I am sharing with you a curry which is one of umma’s best ones. Muringayila or drumstick leaves are abundantly available in the outskirts on this country, in places like Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Most of the villas would have a huge tree within or outside their compound. Whenever umma would see a muringayila maram (tree), she would pack up one big bag full of the leaves much to the irritation of us three who hated the sight of it. We knew what she was going to do with it – make a stir fry for lunch the next day and then turn it into this curry the day after. Keeping muringayila out for too long would make the leaves bitter. My sister and I had the task of taking the leaves off the stem and washing them. Umma makes this curry with pathiris and pooris. I don’t like it with pathiris – somehow I am one Malabari who is not fond of her pathiris!!! Hehe… – but with pooris, I would scoop this and have as much as I can. Even B doesn’t mind it that way, otherwise he would frown. By the way, muringayila is very good for feeding mothers… πŸ™‚ Off to the way umma makes it…



Muringayila Curry ~ Drumstick Leaves in Ground Coconut Sauce

Course Curry
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 4 cups drumstick leaves washed well and drained
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 6-8 pearl onions


  • Grind all ingredients under "for grinding" to a smooth paste by adding little water. Set aside.
  • Boil the drumstick leaves in a "chatti" (earthern pot) with sufficient water and some salt till done. Do not add more water, since it will not dry much.
  • Once the leaves are done, add in the ground coconut paste and simmer for a minute. Do not boil the mixture as the coconut paste may break. Switch off immediately.
  • Serve hot with pathiris, rice or pooris - really it tastes awesome with pooris!


You can temper the curry by spluttering some mustard seeds in coconut oil. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't!

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  1. so comforting.. this combo is one of the best.. yum!

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  2. Such a simple recipe. My mom makes a diff curry with drum stick leaves. Oh I can imagine how yummy this will be with rice pathiri's…YUM

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  3. Very healthy and simple!!!

    1. Thanks a lot Suja…

    1. Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  4. Its healthy too. Good for cough. But rare over here and I hardly see at the market. Delicious dish. Always welcomed in my house.

    1. Didn't know it was good for cough! Thank you so much Nava…

  5. This is such a comforting and healthy curry.. wish I could get some drumstick leaves here.

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  6. Sounds very simple,just the kind I like! I've never added coconut milk,should try this version.

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  7. drumstick leaves are soo healthy ,easy way to use it as curry

    1. Thank you so much Babitha…

  8. very comforting curry.. we use cumin seeds, will try with fennel seeds next time.. nice presentation..

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  9. I love muringa ella, but unfortunately we don't get it here… but we enjoyed having it while we were in kerala….this is one awesome curry…kandittu kothiyavunnu

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  10. Both me n my husband are like ur umma..whenever we see the muringa maram we pick whole lot of leaves and keep in fridge..this curry is our family favorite..sometimes we add dal also…your curry looks really yummy:)

    1. I guess you people and umma would make great company then! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Rani…

  11. healthy curry,but never tasted it n here also cant find those leaves..U Lucky girl ..

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  12. I can't find drumstick leaves here. Its been ages since I tasted this. You are tempting me

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  13. this is a very different recipe. Mom likes to make dry sabzi out of it and it tastes yummm with some grated coconut for garnish!! drumstick leaves are very healthy too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Aara… πŸ™‚

  14. Mom makes soup and stir fry with this leaves.This is so different and healthy curry.

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  15. Nalla curry,healthy one.

    1. Thank a lot Suja…

  16. looks yumm,perfect to go with a plate of steamed rice..pass me on,Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  17. missing murungaikeerai here and feeling nostalgic

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  18. healthy and delicious..looks very yumm

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria…

  19. YUmm delicious looking curry, we have drumstick tree and like you its a household chore on days my mum decides to cook it. Probably the worst chores I think. I hated sitting and picking each leaf πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Nammi… πŸ™‚

  20. I love Muringa ella curry with a steaming bowl of rice. But if it is accompanied with some Inji curry & spicy vazhacka mezhukkupuratti, it will be like a feast for me.

    1. Thank you so much Shibi…

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