Chena Muringayila Thoran | Yam Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry


Chena Muringayila Thoran is a terrific combo of two popular vegetables in Kerala Cuisine – drumstick and yam. Here drumstick leaves are used for preparing the healthy innovative dish. I am sure you are quite familiar with drumstick leaves stir fry or thoran. But here a dashing combination is provided by adding cooked yam pieces too. The soft and succulent cooked yam blends very well with drumstick leaves. These plants are native to Kerala and almost all houses have these plants in their backyard. These are healthy vegetables that should be consumed at least once a week. No poisonous spraying of insecticide is done on these. Loaded with all essential nutrients, these are vegetables that should never be ignored. Drumstick leaves are termed wonder plants important for all age groups. You should try this innovative super healthy Yam Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry at home and do not forget to send me feedback that will definitely motivate me to send more recipes.

Chena Muringayila Thoran is a favorite of mine. It is the aromatic coconut mixture that makes the dish quite tasty. And a few vital points you should not miss out. Pluck fresh and tender leaves from the drumstick tree before preparing the dish. And always check for any insects that usually present on the underside of drumstick leaves. Do not used old refrigerated drumstick leaves that will lose the authentic flavor. Chena Muringayila Thoran accompanied with any non-vegetarian curry dish, a generous kachiya moru and hot rice makes a great lunch. We have a lot many dishes in Kerala Cuisine with drumstick leaves and yam. Chena Muringayila Thoran is perhaps the most easiest of dishes and working moms who are always short of time, will find the recipe quite useful. Even new comers can boldly check the never fail dish. You can explore a well detailed Chena Muringayila Thoran recipe here.

Chena Muringayila Thoran | Yam Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People


  • 2 cup Elephant yam(Chena) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt as required
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 3 nos Dried Red chilly
  • 1 Cup Drumstick leaves
  • 1 cup Coconut
  • 1 no. Green chilly
  • 2 nos. Shallots
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds


  • Cut the elephant yam into small cubes and wash it thoroughly. Cook it in enough water by adding turmeric powder and salt. Keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add dried Red chilly and cleaned drumstick leaves. (Remove the drum stick leaves from the stems. Wash thoroughly before cooking).
  • Add ground coconut mixture (Grind coconut coarsely with the shallots, green chilly and cumin powder)and stir well again for 2-3 minutes.
  • Finally add cooked chena(elephant yam) and combine well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Chena Mmuringayila Thoran is ready now.
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