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Muringakka Thoran (Moringa & Coconut Stir-Fry)

 Published 2020-Apr-21   Updated 2020-Apr-21

-Submitted by Dahlia

(Drumstick Thoran, Moringa Thoran, Murungakkai Poriyal, முருங்கைக்காய் பொரியல்)

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Muringakka thoran is Kerala special stir-fry with Muringakka (Drumstick / Moringa) and grated coconut. Usually drumsticks are cut into small pieces and cooked. Many people get annoyed by having to scoop the flesh out while eating. My husband is one among them. This method of preparation is for such people. The preparation takes some time as you have to scoop out the flesh out of raw drumsticks. However, the final preparation is very tasty.

The health benefits of Moringa is well known. Along with coconut this makes is a wonderful side dish for rice or chapatti.

Recipe For Drumstick Thoran

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Drumsticks (Muringakka) – 5
  • Onion – 1 (or 10 Shallots Chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt - to taste

To grind

  • Fresh grated coconut - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Garlic clove – 1
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp


  1. Wash the drumsticks and cut it lengthwise. Make sure the drumsticks are tender ones.

    Muringakka Thoran Preparation Step Muringakka Thoran Preparation Step

  2. Using a spoon scoop out the flesh. This scraping requires some effort.

    Muringakka Thoran Preparation Step

  3. Chop it into small pieces. Also chop the onions.

    Muringakka Thoran Preparation Step

  4. Heat oil in a kadai, pop some mustard seeds. Add urad dal and curry leaves.
  5. Add chopped onions. Fry for a minute.
  6. Next add the chopped drumstick flesh, turmeric powder, salt and just 1 tbsp of water.
  7. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, coarsely grind the ingredients under ‘To grind’ using pulse mode. Do not add any water.
  9. Once the drumstick is cooked, add the ground coconut paste.
  10. Stir fry for another 3-4 minutes till all the moisture dries up. Switch off.

    Muringakka Thoran Preparation Step

Serving Suggestion

  • This side dish goes well with white rice and some curry.
  • This also goes well with chapati.


  • You can break open one egg and toss it along with coconut mix for a slight different taste.

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