A Taste of India : Murunkakkai Soup

Tamil Nadu is known for it’s hospitality and delicious South Indian cuisine.

Alongside green chilies, tomatoes and moong dal (lentils) this recipe uses drumsticks, not the chicken type but a vegetable called murunkakkai. Only the white insides of the drumsticks are edible and have a distinct flavor and aroma. They are used in this traditional soup recipe, which is a great source of iron.



Makes 4 portions

250 gms Moong dal (lentils)
100 GMs Sliced onions
100 gms Sliced tomatoes
10 murunkakkai drumsticks
3 Slit green chilies
Pinch of turmeric powder
1 tbs chili powder
Salt to taste
10 ml coconut oil
1 whole garlic crushed
Sprig of curry leaves


1. Wash and boil the dal separately
2. Heat the oil, add the crushed garlic and sauté until golden brown, add the sliced onion, tomatoes, drumsticks, and slit green chilies. Saute for a while till the onions brown. Add the salt, turmeric and chilly powder
3. Add the boiled dal and cook together till the drumsticks get mashed
4. Strain through a conical strainer
5. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves

drum stick soup

Homestays are a perfect choice to taste the authentic local cuisine. Stay in a fabulous CheersBye homestay and have your host cook this delicious soup for you.

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