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Monday, May 2, 2016

Murungai Keerai Soup | Drumstick leaves Soup | Moringa leaves Soup

Murungaikeerai soup, drumstick leaves soup

Today I am here with a healthy soup made with Drumstick leaves / Moringa leaves .  Drumstick leaves (or Murungai keerai as we call in Tamil) are packed with nutrients and are very healthy. Back in India,  we have a Drumstick tree in our back yard and my mom makes Stir fry (Poriyal) with Moringa leaves very often and it is my favourite. She also makes Sambar with it. Also when she makes fresh ghee she would add it at the end. It would be nice to mix it with rice and eat. I am always a fan of Moringa leaves but when we were in US it was not available there(the part where we lived) at all. But after moving to UK, it is available here. We get it once in a month. The bunches will be huge.  This week when we got it, after making stirfry, I had some left over drumstick leaves. The weather is still cold here, and also I am suffering from severe cold so wanted to have some warm soup and used these leaves to make soup.  The soup came out good and it was  comforting for the cold. 
moringa leaves soup, drumstick leaves soup

Murungai keerai Soup (Moringa leaves Soup)

This light soup is made with fresh moringa leaves (drumstick leaves). It is a healthy soup packed with nutrients. This soup is vegan and gluten free.

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Yield : 5 Servings

Ingredients :

  • Murungai Keerai / Moringa leaves : 2 Cups
  • Tomatoes : 2 medium sized
  • Onion : 1 Large
  • Garlic : 5-6 cloves
  • Oil : 2 Teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Cumin Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder : 2 Teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Ground Pepper : 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt : To taste
  • Water : 5 cups

Instructions :

  1. Clean drumstick leaves. Remove the leaves from the stem, wash them and keep them aside.
  2. Blanch the tomatoes and peel their skin. Then puree them and keep it ready. Then finely chop the onions and garlic.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add cumin seeds and fry. Then add chopped onions and garlic and fry till onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add the pureed tomato along with turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add the cleaned drumstick leaves and cook for another 2 minutes. Now add water along with required salt and bring it to boil. Then let it simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  6. Serve it warm.

Notes :

  • Some people prefer to filter the soup to remove the solid particles and serve only the clear liquid. But I like to drink it as is. So if you like, you can filter it.
  • If you are planning to filter the soup, then you don't have to blanch the tomatoes. Just chop them into small pieces and cook them.
  • Adjust the quantity of pepper powder as per your taste.
moringa leaves soup, drumstick leaves, vegan soup


  1. I totally love soup with muringa leaves, I add coconut milk for some creaminess... :)

  2. Never had this ingredient, but you have me intrigued!

  3. One of the few times I'd love to eat what I can't pronounce. Looks and sounds amazing.

  4. I always learn something new on your blog. I've never heard of Muringa leaves before. I wonder what they taste like. They look kinda like Swiss Chard. Or, maybe like spinach? This sounds wonderful!

  5. I've never tried Morenga leaves, looks delicious! Nettie

  6. Ive never had anything like this, sounds wonderful

  7. This is the first time hearing of Murungai leaves, the soup is full of wonderful flavors and nutrients.

  8. What an interesting soup...I've never heard of it.

  9. Today i made the soup with moong dal added. Your version with cumin seeds and cumin powder looks really inviting.

  10. Wow, I learned something new today. I have never heard of these leaves before.

  11. That looks so healthy and I bet it has loads of flavor!

  12. This is a new ingredient to me, but I am most keen to try it.

  13. I am so intrigued by the ingredients list. In my part of the world I don't see them. This soup looks so hearty and yummy. I will have to see if an Indian specialty store is nearby!

  14. This is a totally new soup to me! I love the flavors in it!

  15. I am always so intrigued by your recipes and this soup looks wonderful. I wish we had an Indian grocery store where I live so I could try it!

  16. I've never heard of these leaves before, it'd be nice to see a photo of the tree where they come from too. Sounds like a delicious soup!

    1. Sure Elizabeth.. Will post a photo of it soon.. :)

  17. heyy where do u find the Murungakai keerai leaves in UK Divya? I am local too...

    1. Hi Sandhya.. That is nice to know. I got it from East Ham. Even our local Indian store carries it some times.. :)


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