Drumstick pods soup

Nowadays drumstick (moringa) pods  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 (murungakkai) in our sambar, kuzhambu, kootu & poriyal on our plates every day.  Nevertheless I don’t have the heart to waste these amazing fruits of a “miracle” tree considering their nutritive values and health benefits. So I find the drumstick pods soup as a distinctive alternate recipe to use the large quantity of drumsticks in one go.

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Home-grown drumsticks

I have prepared this soup by simply blending the cooked drumstick pods, lentils, shallots, garlic & tomatoes, and you may check out my other soup recipes here. It is not only a delicious appetizer but also a nourishing soup specially for the people who are recovering from any illness. We can add fresh cream or hung curd and serve the rich & creamy soup to children also.

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Murungakkai soup

Health benefits of drumstick pods (murungakkai):

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 refer to the USDA site for its nutritive values.

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Ayurvedic properties of drumstick pods:

  • 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)

Recipe for drumstick pods soup:

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Drumstick pods soup

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

How to prepare drumstick soup:

  • 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.
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Preparing drumsticks
  • 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.
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Drumstick soup recipe

Tips & Tweaks:

  • I find the roasted cumin seeds powder & lentils compliment each other, however you may add any spice of your choice or garam masala powder for adding 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 prefer to add a scoop of creamy curd (yogurt) or a few drops of lime juice before serving.
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Drumstick soup garnished with
a scoop of creamy curd & a sprinkle of cumin seeds powder
  • I would like to savour drumstick soup with crispy tapioca papads.
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An appetizing drumstick soup

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  1. 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. 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 !

  2. We don’t get murungaikai that much here. May be in Summer the Indian Stores carry them. This will be in my list to cook. Very nice recipe.

  3. Today we had drumstick leaves ‘poriyal’ for lunch. Tomorrow I was planning on making spicy drumstick fry as my son relishes them and it is a delight to see him enjoy. But this soup, this one is new. I have never read or heard about this one but it sure qualifies for a sure try, Megala. But that is what your space is all about, recipes with a difference that makes us come back for more.
    You are so lucky to get enough of fresh home-grown drumsticks from your mother, we only manage to get the supermarket variety and sometimes have to shell a fortune for them. I am not complaining as I am still grateful that I manage to get them although far from home.
    Will try this and let you know, Megala. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ahh, you made my day, dear Pranitha ! Thanks a lot for your encouraging words !!

  4. Very pleasing colour? this is little bit like a drumstick dal? i justtt love like this without any masala powders❤ nice share Megala ?

    1. Yes, I do not want to use strong spices that would overpower the mildly flavored drumsticks. Thanks so much!

    1. Yes, it is quite unusual to prepare soup out of drumsticks. Hope you would like it as we did, thanks so much !

  5. love them! usually make a dry vegetable with them but soup sounds good especially with papads! did not know about their vitamin C content!

    1. I’m happy that you are showing interest towards the locally grown vegetables that has been neglected by many. Thank you so much !

      1. I love this vegetable! that recipe sounds too good. is this a seasonal veggie? I got it from the lady who sells greens on a cart everyday.

        1. We get high yield at home mostly in the summer, but vendors are selling all through the year.

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