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drumstick leaves dal recipe

Today i have for you all  simple ,healthy and very nutritious ” Drumstick leaves dal recipe / Moringa leaves dal recipe ” . Drumstick leaves are very healthy as they are rich in iron and calcium. They taste good n smells heavenly too .  Enjoy this simple home cooked food, with some steaming hot rice , little ghee and some papad … a comforting meal is ready !!

drumstick leaves dal recipe

Drumstick leaves are very very healthy .In kannada its known as nugge soppu . They have many health benefits such as strengthening of bones, boosting immunity,good for lowering blood pressure , good for lactating mothers ,good for diabetic etc . One can include drumstick leaves in stir fry , dal , roti , adai , etc . But the major headache of these tiny leaves is separating them from the stalk . As a result many people avoid buying it thinking of the work involved in cleaning it . Once that is done , including it in our diet is not a problem at all .True , cleaning process is a bit messy and time consuming but then end result and the health quotient deserves it. Actually there is an easy method to remove the leaves . Roll the drumstick leaves in a paper and leave it in the fridge overnight/ few hours. Later you will find that most of the leaves have shed by themselves and beyond that it is easy to clean.

drumstick leaves

So are you ready to make a note of drumstick leaves dal recipe with step by step photos .. here you go ..

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drumstick leaves dal recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 2 Cups Drumstick leaves / nugge soppu
  • 3/4 Cup Toor Dal / split pigeon pea
  • 2-3 tsp Oil / Ghee / oil + Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin Jeera Seeds
  • 1-2 broken Red Chilli
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • pinch Hing /Asafetida
  • 3-4 flakes Garlic, Minced
  • small piece Ginger, Crushed
  • 1-2 Nos Green Chillies, split
  • 1 Big onion, Chopped
  • 1 Big tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder, as per taste
  • small amla size Tamarind, soaked in water
  • Salt to taste


  • Separate the leaves from the stalk and wash it thoroughly . Roughly chop them ( optional )
  • Roughly chop drumstick leaves .
  • Pressure cook toor dal for 3-4 whistles with turmeric . Mash and keep aside .
  • Mean while heat oil / ghee in a pan . Temper it with mustard and cumin seeds . Once they splutter add curry leaves , broken red chillies and hing.
  • Add chopped onion , green chilli , ginger and garlic and saute till raw smell goes .
  • Then add tomatoes , chopped drumstick leaves and salt . Saute for 2-3 mins
  • Add chilli powder and haldi . Fry for 1-2 mins
  • Squeese out tamarind and add tamarind juice to the drumstick leaves mix . Add some more water and close a lid and cook the leaves for 5-6 mins .
  • Once the leaves are cooked 75 % , add cooked mashed dal . Mix it nicely and bring to boil . Taste test . If anything required add .
  • Serve hot drumstick leaves dal with steamed rice , ghee and some papad . Enjoy a healthy meal .
    drumstick leaves dal recipe


  • Easy method to separate leaves from stalk is wrap drumstick leaves in a paper and keep it aside for few hours / overnight . Upon opening .. you will see that most of the leaves have  already separated from the stalk !!
  • If your dal gets thin and you don't have cooked tuvar dal left out  , you can add 1-2 tbsp diluted besan ( gram flour ) to thicken it . Boil well .

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