Muringakkai (Drumstick) Thoran-Kerala Style

Drumstick / Muringakkai/ Moringa are one of the very nutritious and healthy vegetable which has much medicinal values. All the parts of this tree can be used in several methods. Today I have come up with the Drumstick Thoran (typical Kerala traditional recipe). Drumsticks are normally used in Kerala Traditional Sambhar/ Sambar and Avail and in our family all loves drumstick. So thought of making Muringakkai Thoran which is prepared mostly in Kerala houses from ancestral times. Drumstick cooked and combined with a little turdal and fresh grated coconut gives a very rich taste and flavor.

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • Drumstick / Muringakkai – 3nos (cut into long pieces)
  • Chili powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Turdal – 1tbsp
  • Fresh grated Coconut – ½ cup
  • Small onions/ Shallots/ Cheruulli – 4nos
  • Green Chilies – 4nos (as per spice required)
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Coconut oil – 1tbsp
  • Salt as per taste.




  • Cook turdal in pressure cooker and keep it aside draining out the excess water.
  • Take a deep bottom vessel. Add the chopped drumstick along with 2glasses of water.
  • Add chili powder, turmeric powder and adequate salt.
  • Place the drumstick vessel on gas top and allow it to boil. When the drumstick starts boiling slow flame and cook for 15mins.
  • When it is medium soft, swtich off flame and drain out the excess water from cooked drumstick.
  • Crush together coconut, small onions and green chilies in mixer. Please don’t add water and make a fine paste.
  • Now heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds and then add the cooked turdal. When extra water oozes out from turdal, add the cooked drumstick and slowly mix both. See to it that the drumstick doesn’t break.
  • Now add the crushed coconut mixture. Mix nicely so that all the ingredients are properly combined but the drumstick are not broken.
  • Just taste and adjust the salt as per taste.

Muringakkai Thoran is ready to serve with hot rice.

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