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Diabetic Curry with Amaranth Leaves, Hyacinth beans, and Drum stick(moringa)

Updated on September 11, 2017
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I worked as a banker for 17 years. Now I am working as a freelancer for indexing. I love cooking tasty, healthy meals, and staying fit.

How to Choose Vegetables to Make a Diabetic Curry

Making diabetic curry is easy. First you have to find out which are the ingredients you can use for diabetic food. The next comes how to cook and combine them to get a delicious side dish.

After researching on diabetic food, I chose amaranth leaves(harive soppu), hyacinth beans(avare kalu), and drum stick(nugge kai) to make a curry for today. All these three ingredients are diabetic-friendly and they combine well to give an awesome taste.

You can serve this curry with hot rice, pancake, roti, or chapati. Let me share the recipe.

Diabetic curry with amaranth leaves, hyacinth beans, and drum stick
Diabetic curry with amaranth leaves, hyacinth beans, and drum stick

Diabetic Benefits of Amaranth leaves(harive soppu), Hyacinth beans(avare kalu), and Drumstick(nugge kai):

Amaranth is highly nutritious. It is high in fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and Vitamin C. All these properties help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Hyacinth beans have oleic acid, leucine, carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and iron. These are associated with lowering blood sugar level in the body.

Drumstick(Moringa) acts as a natural way to manage diabetes. This vegetable has anti-diabetic properties. Including it in your diet helps to lower blood sugar level.

5 stars for Diabetic Curry

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people


  • 2 heaped bowls amaranth leaves(harive soppu), washed twice and chopped
  • 1/2 cup hyacinth beans, cooked
  • 3 drumsticks, cut in 3 cm pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 3-4 or more dry red chilies, as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, for grinding
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, for the tempering
  • 6 curry leaves, for the tempering
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt, as per taste
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp, soak tamarind in water and squeeze
  • 1/2 tsp jaggery powder, optional, for taste

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Diabetic Curry

  • Wash amaranth leaves twice in water. Chop them. Keep aside.
  • Cook hyacinth beans and drumstick with just sufficient water. Add some salt while cooking. Don't overcook. Drum stick breaks open if you cook longer time. If you are cooking in a pressure cooker, cook it till one whistle and simmer for 4 minutes. Turn off the fire.
  • Dry grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and red chilies in a mixer grinder. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan or wok. Throw mustard seeds into it. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves. Add chopped amaranth leaves(Harive soppu). Add some salt. Mix well. Cook for 6-7 minutes, turning the content occasionally.
  • Add cooked hyacinth beans(avare kalu) and drumstick(nugge kai). Pour tamarind pulp. Throw a small quantity jaggery powder. Mix well. Continue cooking till the water evaporates.
  • Add ground coconut masala. Mix it with the veggies. Turn the contents softly, so that drum stick doesn't break. Simmer for a few seconds. Check for salt. Add, if needed. Turn off the fire.
  • Amaranth leaves, hyacinth beans, and drumstick curry is ready to eat. This is a diabetic-friendly curry. Any body can eat this healthy curry.
  • Serve this curry as a side dish with cooked rice, pancake, roti, or chapati.

Step one: Cook par-boiled hyacinth beans and drumsticks with amaranth leaves.
Step one: Cook par-boiled hyacinth beans and drumsticks with amaranth leaves.
Step two: Dry grind mustard seeds, red chilies, and grated coconut.
Step two: Dry grind mustard seeds, red chilies, and grated coconut.
Step three: Mix coconut masala with the cooked veggies. Add salt, tamarind pulp, and salt.
Step three: Mix coconut masala with the cooked veggies. Add salt, tamarind pulp, and salt.
Step four: Diabetic-friendly curry is ready to serve.
Step four: Diabetic-friendly curry is ready to serve.


Submit a Comment

  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks Chitrangada. This curry is good for everyone, including diabetics. It is delicious too.

  • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

    Chitrangada Sharan 

    19 months ago from New Delhi, India

    This is a very unique recipe for diabetes affected people. I had not heard of it earlier. Would share with those who need it.

    Amarnath leaves and drumsticks are very good for diabetics. The beans you mention here , we call it broad beans or sem in Hindi.

    This sounds delicious too. Thanks for sharing the helpful pictures and stepwise instructions!


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