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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.