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Murungai poo Kootu/Drumstick flower Dal

Kootu made using fresh drumstick flower/Murungaipoo. Makes a delicious side to rice.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: How to cook Drumstick flower, How to cook Murungai poo, How to make Drumstick flower kootu, How to make Kootu, Kootu
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Pressure cooker
  • Sauce pan


  • 3 cups Drumstick flowers/Murungai poo
  • ¾ cup Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu/Gram dal
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coconut frozen coconut can also be used
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste


  • 2 tsp oil any vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 2-3 nos green chilies split lengthwise
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • Clean and wash drumstick blossom, there is a chance of little bugs, so clean thoroughly I normally spread it on flat plate,look for any spoilt blossoms/leaves, remove it and then wash them in batches in water.
  • Soak the chana dal atleat an hour before cooking. Pressure cook chana dal/gram dal for 4-5 whistles or until soft.
  • Heat a kadai, heat oil for tempering, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves. Add green chilies and saute for a minute. 
  • Next add onions and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook until soft and oil separates. Now add washed drumstick blossoms and saute well. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the blossoms are cooked.
  • Next add cooked chana dal, coconut and salt and 1 cup of water to this.Mix well.
  • Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with Rice.
  • I packed this for my hubby's lunch along with roti's and bhindi paneer