Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe-Drumstick Leaves Thogayal

Chutney made Tamil Nadu style with the whole goodness of the Drumstick Leaves - serve with hot steamed rice and big dollop of ghee.

Swathy Nandhini
Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe-Drumstick Leaves Thogayal
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Murungai keerai thogayal is a healthy south Indian chutney or a side dish recipe. It is loaded with goodness of drumstick leaves, cashew nuts and tempered with chana dal and urad dal. This thick thogayal can be served with rice and appalam. The diluted thin version of this can also be served as chutney for idli or dosa. 

Did you know ? Drumstick leaves is known for its excellent source of nutrition and is natural energy booster. Drumstick leaves also known as Moringa, helps lower blood pressure, blood sugar in diabetics and is a also sleep aid. Its detoxifying effect may come from Moringa's ability to purify water. Moringa acts as a coagulant attaching itself to harmful material and bacteria.

Serve Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe-Drumstick Leaves Thogayal with Steamed Rice and Homemade Ghee 

If you like this recipe, here are a few more drumstick leaves

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Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

25 M


4 Servings


  • 2 cups Drumstick Leaves (Moringa/Murungai Keerai)
  • 3 tablespoons Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 2 tablespoons White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh coconut
  • 20 grams Tamarind , lemon sized
  • Salt , as required
  • For Tempering
  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 10 Cashew nuts

How to make Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe-Drumstick Leaves Thogayal

  1. To begin making Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe, wash the drumstick leaves thoroughly and keep aside.

  2. In a pan, add a teaspoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, ddd chana dal, Urad dal and red chilli and roast until it turns golden.

  3. Next add tamarind and drumstick leaves to it and saute until it shrinks and slightly. Allow it to cool.

  4. Once cooled, add it to a blender along with coconut, required amount of salt and a little water. Grind into smooth paste. Transfer into serving bowl.

  5. In a tadka pan, add some oil. Once the oil is heated, add some mustard seeds and Cumin seeds. Once it sputters, add Cashews and curry leaves. Stir well and add the tempering to chutney.

  6. Serve Murungai Keerai Thogayal Recipe-Drumstick Leaves Thogayal with Steamed Rice and Homemade Ghee