Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spice mix recipe with step by step pictures.

As most of you might be aware, we have a huge drumstick tree in our backyard. In the previous season, our tree failed to produce drumsticks and I resorted to using the leaves and flowers.

One such attempt was experimenting with the leaves to make this lentil mix.This tastes great when served with piping hot steamed rice drizzled with sesame oil.This type of rice is usually served first in a meal.

The taste is good and can be stored for a while. I make small batches that last for a few weeks.

Since drumstick leaves are a rich source of Iron, this one can be taken by people who suffer from anemia.

Another interesting fact is that it has 9.4g of protein / 100 grams! This is a point that is unknown to many.

Now that we are doing this months Mega marathon with the theme – Protein rich dishes, this is the first one for the second week, where I will be featuring lentils.

Now we do have proteins in drumstick leaves,and then there is protein in the lentils that I have used to make this podi. So that makes it really protein rich dish.When lentils are mixed with carbohydrate rich foods, it forms a complete protein and it the body is able to  assimilate the nutrient better.

Do check out this link to know more about all the dishes that can be made with Drumstick leaves.

Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spicemix

 

I used:

Drumstick leaves, cleaned – 2 cups
Moong dal- 1/2 cup
Urad dal-1/2 cup
Channa dal – 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Peppercorns- 10 numbers
Red chili-2
Salt to taste

In a pan, roast the drumstick leaves. They will wilt and start turning crisp. Do this on low flame as the leaves might burn.Once done, transfer onto a plate and let it cool.

Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spicemix

 

In the same pan take the add a teaspoon of oil and roast together urad dal, channa dal, moong dal, pepper cumin seeds and red chili. When the dal turns brown, remove from heat and transfer to a plate to cool

Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spicemix

 

Take the drumstick leaves, roasted dal mixture and salt in a mixie jar and powder. It can be made to a fine powder or a coarse one.The choice is yours.Once done spread on a plate to cool and then transfer to an airtight container.

Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spicemix

 

Healthy Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spice mix is ready.

Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spicemix

 

A couple of spoons of this spice mix is to be mixed with steamed rice, drizzling a little sesame seed oil. Ideally, this should be eaten as the first dish of the meal[lunch]

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Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spice mix

A drumstick leaves- lentil spice mix that canbe mixed with rice as a part of a healthy meal.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Drumstick leaves
  • 1/2 cup Urad dal
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 10 numbers Peppercorns
  • 2 numbers Red chilies
  • To taste Salt
Instructions
  1. In a pan, roast the drumstick leaves. They will wilt and start turning crisp. Do this on low flame as the leaves might burn.Once done, transfer onto a plate and let it cool.
  2. In the same pan roast together urad dal, channa dal, moong dal, pepper cumin seeds and red chili. When the dal turns brown, remove from heat and transfer to a plate to cool
  3. Take the drumstick leaves, roasted dal mixture and salt in a mixie jar and powder. It can be made to a fine powder or a coarse one.The choice is yours.Once done spread on a plate to cool and then transfer to an airtight container.

 

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12 thoughts on “Murungakeerai Podi | Drumstick Leaves Powder / Spice mix”

  1. Wow PJ, this is super delicious podi yaar, we mostly make a poriyal with leaves and most times its tough consuming so much. I am sure as a podi it will be great..thanks for sharing! Your tree gets mentioned so often, I want to check it out..

  2. I make podi with curry leaves, but didn’t know about drumstick leaves. This podi sounds so yum. My daughter loves drumstick leaves a lot. So next time while I make the podi I will add some drumstick leaves to it.

  3. We usually cook the leaves porial style with a handful of cooked mung dal. It’s a dry dish and I love it. Nice to see the podi didn’t know there is such a version too.

  4. lucky u PJ ! fresh drumstick leaves are such a treasure. I saw Moringa powder even in New York and New jersey super markets. People are so aware of the protein content of this wonderful herb. You must send me a huge batch of the fresh leaves sometime 🙂
    lovely podi.. yummm

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