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Vazhai Poo Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Vazhai_Poo_Murungai_Keerai_Poriyal_1 Banana flower or blossom is called as Vazhai Poo in Tamil.  It is believed to be a medicine for stomach, mouth ulcers and for menstrual problems.

Drumstick tree leaves are called as Murungai Keerai in Tamil. These leaves are rich in calcium and other minerals. In Tamil Nadu both are combined and cooked as a tasty Vazhai Poo Murungai Keerai Poriyal.

Serves: 4 to 6

Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes

Before we proceed to the dish, let us view the photographs of Vazhai Poo and Murungai Keerai.

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  • Vazhai Poo (Banana flower) cleaned and cut – 2 cup
  • Murungai Keerai (Drumstick leaves) – 1½ cup
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Green gram (Paasi paruppu) – ½ cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Salt –as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 3 to 4 no (broken in to pieces)
    • Turmeric powder – pinch
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 2 tea spoon

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  • Soak green gram in water for 15 minutes; clean drumstick leaves, wash and keep; chop onion and curry leaves.
  • Heat a pan with oil, do the seasoning; add chopped onion and fry till onion is transparent; add chopped vazhai poo.

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  • Add soaked green gram, mix well and sprinkle handful of water; cook for 5 minutes.

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  • When vazhai poo is half cooked, add salt, murungai keerai; add handful of water, mix and cook for 5 minutes.

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  • Now both are cooked; add grated coconut and cook for 1 minute.

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  • Tasty Vazhai Poo Murungai Keerai Poriyal is ready.


  • Serve hot with rice.



  • Use only tender drumstick leaves.
  • Do not overcook murungai keerai. It cooks fast and over cooking may change the taste of it.
  • Instead of green gram, you can also use toor dal (red gram).

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • pavithra January 20, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Wow I love this soooooooooooooo much . I miss all these things here.. really I can eat the whole bowl.. Looks yummy..

  • sharadha April 10, 2012, 12:28 pm

    thanks for the wonderful recipe. There is only one recipe in google for vazhaipoo murungai keerai poriyal and it is yours. feel proud about it. tried and came out well.

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