Saturday, June 28, 2008

Muringa Ila Thoran (Drumstick Leaf Subji)

Leafy vegetables are a source of iron for the body, and though cabbage leaves, spinach leaves, and lettuce leaves can be eaten raw, drumstick leaves taste better when cooked. You can add aloo (potato) or drumstick pieces too to the dish. However, my mother usually makes this just a leafy affair. I personally do not like this dish, but it is highly nutritious and a source of vitamin C, iron, and protein.

Things you need:

Drumstick leaves - washed, dried, and removed from the stem - 4 cups
Rice - 2 tbsp
Urad Dal (White lentils) - 2 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Garlic - 3 cloves
Chopped onion - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera or Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste


  • Heat oil in pan, and add leaves, garlic, salt, and turmeric,red chilly, and jeera powder
  • Leave pan covered and cook on low flame, stirring in between
  • Heat oil in pan, add urad dal and rice until light brown
  • Add red chillies and once it splutters, season the dish
Serve with rice or chapathi


Illatharasi said...

Thanks for highlighting this Shreya:)

I too do this thoran, same way, but add half cooked lentils and skip chilli powder :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,being in usa it is tough/impossible to find muringa ila. can this be made with collard greens or spinach? thankyou for the recipe..