In Sri Lanka we eat drumstick.(murunga).But I have never eaten the leaves of it when I was in my home country. Even I have not seen this leaves as a popular food in Sri Lanka. May be I don’t know. But once we came to Singapore, I saw drumstick leaves in wet markets. Usually a Sri Lankan menu is not completed if there is no dish with greens. Since we couldn’t find the types of greens we cooked in Sri Lanka, we started to try different leaves found here. In this way, drumstick leaves were added to our shopping list.
|Drumstick Leaves/Murunga kola
Drumstick leaves are full of nutrients including a high amount of calcium and iron.Also it is very good for breastfeeding moms. Even it tastes good as a stir fry or as a curry mix with some lentils. I wish leaves of drumstick tree will be popular among Sri Lankans as there are lot of drumstick trees in Sri Lanka.
I adapted this recipe from Indian recipes and cooked it with Sri Lankan spices with slight changes. The stir fry came out well and now this is one of popular green dishes at our home.
Here is the recipe for Drumstick Leaves Stir fry (Murunga kola mallung)
1 bunch Drumstick leaves
½ tspn turmeric powder
2-3 Green Chilies
¼ cup fresh Grated Coconut
Salt to taste
2 tspn Cooking Oil
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 Dried Red Chilly
2-3 shallots/small onions sliced
Remove drumstick leaves in to water and wash well. Allow to drain water.
Meanwhile grind grated coconut with turmeric powder, green chili and salt. Taste for salt in this ground mix.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and red chilies.
When mustard seeds start to sputter add shallots. Saute for a minute.
Then add drumstick leaves and mix well.
Once drumstick leaves are mixed with the tempered oil, add grated coconut mix into it.
Mix well. Adjust salt if need.
Remove from the flame and enjoy!
This drumstick leaves fry well goes with plain rice.
Notes:Lately I found from my mother,in southern part of Sri Lanka,we eat this.My grand mother had used murunga leaves in a curry to eat with ‘Kurakkan Thalapa’.