Seduce Your Tastebuds

Seduce Your Tastebuds

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Murunga Keerai Soup / Drumstick Leaves Soup

Our backyard houses a few essential herbs and trees that are found in most South Indian homes.A drumstick tree,a few coconut trees and a gooseberry tree adorn the back yard.A couple of days ago heavy winds knocked down the delicate branches of the drumstick tree and we had  huge bunches of these leaves staring at us.Even after sharing it with our neighbors,a large bunch was left behind.

I am not a fan of the drumstick leaves curry,so turned half the bunch into a tasty soup.I don't think they serve this kind of soup in restaurants but its pretty tasty and very healthy.

While I was preparing this soup,call it coincidence or luck,a friend of mine had forwarded a mail with the benefits of drumstick leaves!!!It is said that these leaves can cure around 300 illness / diseases.It is also referred to as the miracle tree.Along with the mail was a link which took me to Trees of Life International [Check out the value of this tree and leaves in this site.]

This soup has herbs and spices to give a wonderful flavor.Adults can savor it as such without staining the soup,while children can be given the strained version so that the leaves and spices don't come their way.Lil angel loved it and asked for more and I was really impressed with the taste.

The drumstick leaves need not be separated from the smaller stalks.They will be tender by the time they get cooked.I have not mentioned the quantity as you can use them to suit your taste.

This is how you prepare this nutritive soup....

In a huge pot bring water to boil.

Put in 3 handfuls of cleaned and washed drumstick leaves ,
a handful of mint leaves and coriander leaves

Next, in goes chopped small onions,chopped tomato,garlic,ginger.

Add a pinch of turmeric powder, coarsely crushed cumin and pepper,aniseed,salt.

 Simmer for 15 minutes.[Don't forget to close the pot while it simmers]

Stir and serve piping hot!!!

A bowl of piping hot soup 

This soup is full of vitamins,minerals and fiber.It is very effective when you are dull and lack appetite. Drumstick leaves is beneficial for diabetics too.Give this soup a try and you are sure to feel rejuvenated!!!

This soup is being served to Sowjanya who is hosting Vegetable Marathon with the theme-Drumstick. [Thanks for letting me know about the event Sowjanya :).]Vegetable Marathon was started by Silpa of Anitha's Kitchen

Bon Appetit...




  1. How interesting is this...looks yum...

  2. very healthy soup ...i heard alot of health benefits of these leaves...will try ur soup soon


  3. oh..interesting n healthy soup...
    pj can i send recipes prepared in oven for ur event

  4. PJ, this is such an informative post..I love murunka keerai but have never thought of using it for soup..thanks for sharing this recipe..

  5. We use drumstick leaves for lots of recipes your dish looks very healthy

  6. Looks great PJ. I have eaten drumsticks (not exactly drumstick) curry when mom made it, but I do not like it, but this soup of leaves sure looks tempting.

  7. simply awesome....lovely pics and looks fantabulous n yummo...can smell the flavorful aroma..very healthy..ahhhhhhhhhh

  8. I love thoran with durmstick leaves. This soup looks delicious nice one.

  9. This is damn healthy :) wow

  10. PJ..Its been years since I saw murungai keerai! Looks delicious and healthy!

    Actually, I am hosting an event called vegetable marathon where the veggie for this month is--drumstick, leaves and everything..would you want to send it as an entry?

  11. thats a very intresting way of making healthy soup :)

  12. I truly miss drumsticks leaves here..Healthy soup !!!

  13. Though a Gujarati from Surat, my forefathers migrated to burma. In burma,it's really common to make soup of drumstick leaves but in a different manner. It's really good in lowering BP.

  14. Glad u girls like the soup..

    Pavani,if u are enquiring about the MEC entries,u can send in recipes that have been cooked exclusively in a microwave oven.

    Ruchika,Thanks for letting me know about the event.I will update the pst for ur event..

  15. hi Pj,

    I just LOOOOOVVVVEEEE Murunga Yelai...its a delicay for us, as we make two utterly delicious dishes...
    Murunga yelai adai
    Murunga Yelai Molagootal.

    Waiting to go to India just for this...YUM...


  16. Never thought of a soup with these leaves. I usually make molagootal, poriyal or in adai. This is interesting.


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