Moringa Leaves Stir fry | Drumstick Leaves Stir fry Recipe

Moringa Leaves Stir fry | Drumstick Leaves Stir fry Recipe

Drumstick leaves are a treasure trove of nutrients ranging from B and C vitamins to iron and manganese, calcium and proteins. Β It is known to reduce blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. Of late, they have joined the bandwagon of superfoods. I do sincerely hope that it does mean that this indigenous green becomes exorbitantly expensive. My mother-in-law has a drumstick tree at her place, and she has been consuming the leaves for decades now along with the drumsticks. Cooked simply, you can have it as a side dish or even put it in your dal/lentils or dosa batter. It has a slightly pungent taste, and it took me a bit getting used to. You can also wash and dry the leaves to increase their shelf life. Just like in the picture below. Then you can consume a tbsp. of powder twice daily to enjoy its health benefits. You can also use it in curries, soups or in your roti dough.


Here is a simple South Indian stir fry. I have to warn you that these greens take quite a lot of time to clean. Aside from that they are a breeze to cook with:

moringa stir fry


2 cups cleaned and washed tender drumstick/moringa leaves

1 tbsp. oil

1/2 tsp. mustard seeds

1/2 tsp. udad dal (split black lentils)

2-3 dry red chillies

1 onion finely chopped

salt to taste

1/2 tsp. amchur powder (optional)

2 tbsp. grated coconut


Heat oil in a pan. Tip in mustard seeds, udad dal and dry red chillies. Wait for mustard seeds to pop. Now add the chopped onion and cook till it is slightly browned. Add in moringa leaves and salt and cook covered for a few minutes till the moisture has evaporated. Add amchur powder (if using). Cook for a minute more. Now add grated coconut, mix well and cook for a couple of minutes more.

Serve hot with rotis and dal. It is a nice healthy green to include in your diet.

moringa stir fry

Do you cook with moringa?


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13 thoughts on “Moringa Leaves Stir fry | Drumstick Leaves Stir fry Recipe

  1. Although I love drumsticks, I have never had moringa leaves before. Didn’t know how nutrient rich these leaves could be. Your recipe is so simple… the mention of amchur is already making my mouth water.

    1. I can imagine. I didn’t know either before my marriage. Yes, amchur is my addition to the dish. Helps to make it more flavourful. πŸ™‚

  2. Next time I am going to the vegetable vendor, I am going to be more observant to check these leaves out. Sounds like a very healthy side dish and easy to cook. Thank you for sharing this, Rachna.

    1. Thanks, Arti. Glad to help. Fascinating the dishes we have in our regional cuisine. And how our parents and grandparents had the wisdom to use leaves and flowers which are so nutritious. I do hope you can source these leaves.

    1. I think it is only in the South that traditionally the leaves were cooked. Would be interesting to know if they were cooked in your house as well.

    1. Oh yes, native to the South, I am sure your mi’s curries must be delicious. I think the leaves are difficult to source except in the South unless one has a tree.

  3. Drumstick is called Moringa? It is Sehjan in Hindi, right? We had many of these trees in our garden and my grandmom used to make some kind of a stir fry out of the flowers. Don’t quite remember if she cooked up the leaves too but she used to say every bit of this tree is packed with nutrietns.

    1. Yes, it is sehjan ki phali. Flowers are cooked too as you mentioned. Your grandmother was absolutely right. This tree is just like banana tree, packed with nutrients. I also did not know that the leaves could be cooked, but learned after seeing my mil. I have planted a sapling of the tree in my backyard. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve heard Moringa juice helps women with PCOD. That’s me, so I think I’ll soon make a powder of it and include it in my diet

    I love drumsticks and the leaves too. Although I do not make it often at home as it is not easily available unless you have a tree at home. I’ll look for it over the weekend πŸ™‚

  5. I love drumstick leaves! Did you know we can make lentil dosa/ Adai using these leaves in the batter? They taste really good! Your recipe looks good too. It’s true that it’s very healthy. My ayurvedic doc highly recommends it.

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