In my previous post of sauteed drumstick leaves (diabetic friendly recipe), I have mentioned the importance of drumstick leaves and its health benefits. Today, am sharing a very simple and delicious kerala style – drumstick leaves with tomato curry. Select tender leaves and do not overcook. Goes well with any type of rice.

Healthy and delicious drumstick leaves tomato curry; a great accompaniment with hot steamed rice.

prep time : 20 mins, cooking time : 15 mins, serves : 2-4, cuisine : kerala, author : gloria


1 cup drumstick leaves

3-4 green chillies (chopped)

¼ tsp black mustard seeds

1 dry red chilly

8 nos asian shallots or 4-5 nos European shallots (sliced)

1 large tomato (sliced)

½ tsp ground turmeric

less than ½ cup water

salt to taste

coconut oil

To ground together into a smooth paste* :

200 gms grated coconut

½ tsp cumin seeds

2 curry leaves

2 green chillies


Pluck the leaves from the stem and wash nicely thrice. Drain and squeeze out liquid; keep aside.

Take a pan and into a preheated oil, add dry red chilly (whole or broken in half) and mustard seeds; stir for few seconds.

Add the sliced shallots and green chillies; saute till it turns golden brown in colour. Tip in turmeric powder and give a stir.

Now, add the drumstick leaves and constantly fry till the water is completely evaporated.

Add the sliced tomato and the smooth paste*. Mix to incorporate everything together.

Into this, add water and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Season to taste.

Serve it with hot steamed rice.

My observations/notes :

– do not add too much water.


32 thoughts on “Recipe – DRUMSTICK LEAVES WITH TOMATO CURRY (kerala style)

  1. Hmm… very Delicious and healthy recipe… I used to eat these leaves along with dal… I heard that its generate lots of heat in the body… we must take buttermilk along with this to get best nutritious from it. Hope its helpful. Thanks

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  2. This is a new ingredient for me. Very interesting and pretty. I wonder if I could grow it as an indoor plant, as I doubt it grows in this climate.


  3. Namaskaram Gloria – first of all, thanks for visiting various sites of mine. Love to see you here. Now, I too googled drumstick leaves (moringa), but… all my 14 years now here in Cochin I have never seen any of these contiously!!! Maybe deep in the local market – I dont know, but now I am intrigued and will keep trying. Thanks for drawing my attention to this lovely sounding dish. Carina

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    1. Namaskaram to you too, Carina. you will surely get drumstick leaves in the local market in Cochin or perhaps in the neighbourhood courtyard. Also am glad to meet you as I am originally from there and it is one of my favourite cities in India. Thank you for stopping by.


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