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Munagaku Pulihora / Drumstick Leaves Savory Rice / Moringa Leaves Indian Recipe

VegCookBook by Praveena
Extremely Nutritious, Rich in Iron, High Fiber, Vegan, Gluten Free, South Indian Style Rice recipe using Drumstick Leaves / Moringa Leaves.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Small Frying pan (for tempering)
  • 1 Wide Mixing Bowl


  • Rice (cooked) – With 1 cup of rice grains
  • 1 cup Mungaku / Moringa / Drumstick leaves
  • ¼ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 5 count Dry Red Chillies
  • 6 count Green Chillies (slit length wise)
  • 10 count Curry Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (or as per taste)

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds / Aavalu
  • 1 teaspoon Chana dal / Split Yellow gram dal
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Hing / Inguva / Asafoetida
  • 10 count Pea Nuts / Pallilu
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder


Prep Work:

  • Gently, separate the, Munagaku / Moringa / Drumstick, leaves from stem, wash and pat dry with kitchen towel.


  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add the oil, let it heat and then add all the items under ‘Ingredients for Tempering’.
  • Fry the tempering items until they turn light brown in colour.
    Then add the moringa / drumstick leaves, curry leaves, dry red chillies and slit green chillies.
  • Sauté them by stirring continuously.
    Until the moringa / drumstick leaves change their colour and raw smell is gone. (takes 3 to 4 mins).
    Later, switch the flame off.
  • Take the cooked rice into a wide mixing bowl.
    Transfer the tempered content onto the cooked rice.
    Add the fresh lemon juice and enough salt.
  • Immediately, mix up everything thoroughly but gently.
    See that the tempered ingredients are well mixed with rice.
  • Serve with chilled homemade curds / yogurt on the side. Done!


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