Drumstick pods soup

Nowadays drumstick pods (murungakkai) are grown abundantly in my mother’s garden, and she used to keep sending me a batch of these pods every now & then.


But it has been boring to see these drumsticks in our sambar, kuzhambu, kootu & poriyal on our plates every day.  Nevertheless I do not have the heart to waste these amazing fruits of a “miracle” tree considering their nutritive values and health benefits. So I find this soup as a distinctive alternate recipe using drumsticks.


Before moving on to the recipe lets look into the health benefits of drumstick pods (murungakkai).

Health Benefits of drumstick pods: These pods of Moringa tree are good sources of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin A. Cooked pods contain more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, and more magnesium than boiled eggs; you may click here to find its nutritive values.


Ayurvedic properties of drumsticks: 

  • Taste (Rasa): Pungent (katu) & bitter (tikta)
  • Qualities (Guna):  Light to digest (laghu), alkaline (kshara)
  • Potency (Veerya): Hot (Ushna)
  • Action (Karma):  Balances Kapha & vata
  • Benefits: Improves digestion (deepana), reduces bloating (gulma), improves eyesight (chakshushya), acts as anti-inflammatory (shvayathu), good for heart health (hrudaya), increases sperm count (shukrala), decreases fat deposit & obesity risk (meda), treats spleen related diseases (pleeha)

Now the recipe for murungakkai soup:

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Yields : 1 Litre

Time Taken: 30 min


  1. Drumstick pods (murungaikai)- 15 Nos. (approx. 3″ each)
  2. Green gram lentils (moong dal/ paasi paruppu) – ¼ cup (50 g)
  3. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  4. Shallots (sambar vengayam) – 6 Nos.
  5. Garlic – 5 pods
  6. Ginger – 1″ piece
  7. Tomato – 1 No. (small)
  8. Salt – ¾ tsp
  9. Roasted cumin seed powder – for garnishing & also for flavor

Cooking procedure:

  • Wash lentils and add into a bowl along with shallots, ginger, garlic, tomato and turmeric powder.
  • Pour water (150 ml) into the bowl and pressure cook lentils (simmer for 10 min. when it reaches high pressure).
  • Meanwhile steam drumstick pods for 5 min.
  • When drumstick seeds are cooked soft, separate the seeds and keep aside.
  • Scrape out the flesh using a spoon and discard the fibre.


  • Blend cooked lentil mixture & drumstick flesh together in a mixer.
  • Heat a sauce pan in medium flame after pouring this mixture into it.
  • Pour enough water to get the required consistency and bring it to a boil.
  • Add salt, stir well and remove from heat.
  • Garnish with drumstick seeds and roasted cumin seeds powder.
  • Serve warm with any bread, or roasted papad, etc.


Tips & tweaks:

  • As roasted cumin seeds & lentils compliment each other I have not used any other spice; however you may add any spice of your choice or garam masala powder for flavor.
  • I don’t feel like adding pepper powder as I used ginger in here.
  • If you like to add fresh cream or milk in this soup, you may have to reduce lentils by half else it will make you feel heavy.
  • I recommend you to add a scoop of creamy curd (yogurt) or few drops of lemon juice before serving.


  • Drumstick soup tastes delicious when served with deep fried tapioca papads.



69 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a great recipe, and I’m surely going to try it out. I even have some drumstick lying around in my kitchen. 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Oh, thanks a lot!

  2. As usual, using the easily available ingredient, a yummy dish. Thank u Megala ji for a trick to a sumptuous meal.

    1. Megala says:

      You are most welcome, dear Anamika !

      1. No mention Megala ji

  3. Everyone is talking about moringa these days, but mostly about the powdered leaves. I wish I could find it fresh and experiment with this recipe!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, moringa leaves are popular in the west and drumsticks are also used here in the east. Hope you could find them in a nearby Asian grocer and would give this a try.
      Thanks a lot !

  4. Christy B says:

    Keep up the great recipes, my friend!

    1. Megala says:

      Ah, thanks Christy !

  5. Love this soup option and I make this at home minus the onions. Would try that the next time. Great share.

    1. Megala says:

      Onion gives the soupy texture here, hope you will like it. Thanks !

      1. Sounds great, shall definitely try!

      2. Megala says:

        Thank you !

  6. Healthy & delicious soup!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  7. This is a totally different and delightful recipe of drum sticks, healthy and nutritious too!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, indeed. Thanks!

  8. That’s look very healthy and tempting

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks !

  9. Such a delectable soup Megala….sounds delicious, unique and very nutritious!:)

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is ! Thanks.

  10. Delicious, must try!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

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