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Muringa Ila Thoran|Moringa leaves stir fry with coconut

Muringa ila Thoran


  • 3 cups Muringa ila/Moringa leaves ( cleaned)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves few
  • 1 or 2 Green chili,finely chopped ( according to taste)
  • 10 to 12 Shallots,sliced
  • Coconut oil as required
  • Salt to taste

For coconut mixture

  • 1/2 cup Grated coconut
  • 4 to 5 Shallots
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 small cloves Garlic


  • Grind together all the ingredients listed under 'For coconut mixture' to form a coarse paste in a blender or using a mortar and pestle.Set aside until required.
    coconut masala
  • Heat oil in a pan ,add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add the curry leaves,green chili and shallots.Saute until shallots turn translucent.Add the coconut mixture and stir well for about a minute.
  • Finally add the moringa leaves and salt to taste.Mix well until combined.Cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.Remove the lid and cook stirring continuously for about a minute to remove any lumps formed.
    Serve with rice.


  • 1 cup=250 ml
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilies and chili powder according to your taste.

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