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Murungakkai Oorpu Recipe

Murungakkai Oorpu recipe with step by step photos.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Radhika


  • Tur Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Drumstick - 1
  • Onion - 1 medium
  • Green Chili - 2
  • Sambar powder - 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Vengaya Kari Vadagam - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste



  • Chop drumstick into 2 - 3 inch pieces.
  • Chop onions finely. Cut the green chilies into 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Wash tur dal well.

How to cook Murungakkai Oorpu:

  • Pressure cook tur dal in enough water for 4 - 5 whistles till it is soft to the touch. You should be able to mash it when pressed between your fingers.
  • Keep the cooked dal aside and do not mash with a masher. We will be using it as such.
  • Place the drumstick pieces along with a cup of water in a bowl.
  • Add turmeric powder, 2 pinch salt and cook covered over medium flame for 3-4 mins or till the drumstick is fully cooked and soft. Keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add Vengaya kari vadagam, urad dal and cook for few seconds.
  • Add onions, curry leaves, green chilies and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add 1 cup water, sambar powder and cook for 2 mins over low flame till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add the cooked drumstick along with the water, add salt and cook covered for another 2 - 3 mins over low flame.
  • Add the cooked tur dal, mix well. Add 1/4 cup or more water, if the oorpu appears to be too thick.
  • Cook for 3-4 mins over low flame for the Murungakkai Oorpu to come together. It should be neither watery nor too thick.
  • Switch off stove and keep the pan closed for 2 mins before transferring to a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot with rice and a dry curry of your choice.