Dal and Drumstick Leaf

Here’s something for all my vegetarian buddies. If you are bored with the same old veggies, drumstick leaves are a must try. It comes with the added bonus of being protein heavy. Drumsticks leaves are well known to be nutritional powerhouses and considered a superfood. This along with dals make an amazing dish that you can’t get enough of! Pair it with some gravy of your choice, rice, and you are all set 🙂


  • Prep time – 10 minutes
  • Cook time – 20 minutes


  • Drumstick Leaves (Washed and Drained – remove from stem) – 2 cups
  • Green Gram Dal (Washed and Drained) – 1/4 cup
  • Masoor Dal (Washed and Drained) – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Grated coconut – 3/4 cup
  • Pearl Onions – 3
  • Garlic – 1 pod (OPTIONAL)
  • Indian Green Chilly – 2
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • For tempering:
    • Oil – 2 tbsp
    • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
    • Shallots (Finely Sliced) – 1 tbsp
    • Dried Red Chilly – 2


  1. In a pressure cooker, add the drumstick leaves, green gram dal, masoor dal, water, turmeric powder, and salt. Pressure cook for one whistle or till the dal is cooked and then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside  
  2. Using a grinder, grind the grated coconut, pearl onions, garlic, green chilly, and cumin seeds till you have a coarse mixture
  3. Add the ground ingredients to the cooked dal-drumstick mixture and mix together for 3 minutes on medium heat
  4. Heat a different pan (for tempering), and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, shallots, and dried red chilly
  5. Once the shallots turn golden brown pour the mixture over the prepared dal
  6. Cover immediately and let it rest for 10 minutes



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