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Murungai Ilai Adai / Drumstick leaves Adai

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
Drumstick leaves adai popularly known as Murungai Ilai Adai is a great tiffin recipe that is packed with Iron. This is one of my favourite tiffin recipes from childhood. Drumstick leaves are packed with nutrients like Vitamins, minerals, Iron, etc., They are also good source of antioxidants. So its always good to include this in our diet. It boosts the energy level so we can get over tiredness or fatigue easily. Its always good to eat this adai in the morning. Like all the greens its difficult to get digested if consumed in the night.
Other recipe with Drumstick leaves - Murungai Kerai Molagootal.
Other Adai & Dosai recipes
Instant Wheat dosai / Godhumai dosai
Vella dosai
Pav Bhaji Dosa
Murungai ilai adai
Besan Cheela
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Soaking time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, South Indian


  • Mixie
  • Skillet


  • 2 cups Idli rice
  • As req Salt
  • To grind Water
  • 1 cup Drumstick leaves


  • Wash and Soak the rice for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Drain the water, add the rice into a mixie jar and then add little water into it.Add salt and grind it to a smooth batter.
  • The batter should be really smooth. So grind it well.
  • Wash and remove the drumstick leaves.
  • Separate the leaves from the stem and keep aside.
  • Transfer the batter into a vessel, add little water and then a cup of drumstick leaves.
  • Heat the skillet, once it is hot, take a ladle of batter and pour it on the tava like we make Rava roast.
  • Donot spread the batter like we do to make normal dosa.
  • Drizzle coconut oil and cook on both the sides.
  • Drumstick leaves dosai / Murungai Ilai dosai will be ready.
  • Serve it hot with tangy side dish like Thakkali Kootan or any other chutney of your choice.



Grind the rice to a smooth batter to get soft adais.
Add water and make the batter to a right consistency before making adais. If the batter is too thick, then the adai will be thick.
If the batter is too watery, the adai will break.
Keyword Adai, Breakfast recipes, Drumstick leaves Adai, Murungai Ilai Adai, Tiffin recipes