Thursday, March 31, 2016


Drumstick leaves curry / Lunch meal curry

Moringa tree leaves / Drumstick tree leaves is a miracle leaf which is native to India but is planted around the world.  It is one of the powerful health-enhancing plants as it contains tons of health benefits. In  Ayurveda, it is said that around 300 and more diseases are treated with the leaves of Moringa/drumstick leaves.   Almost all parts of the Moringa / Drumstick tree is medicinal.  Recent scientific research has proven that drumstick leaves are a power house of nutritional values. 

Let's know about drumstick leaves nutrition/moringa leaves nutrition. Moringa leaves is a natural energy booster and is sustainable energy as it is not based on sugar. The other benefits are it helps to lower blood pressure, it is a sleep aid, fight against bacteria, and more than that a rich source of multi vitamins like 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the calcium of milk, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots, 3 times the potassium of banana, 2 times the protein of yogurt....and the list goes on... A single cup of moringa leaves contains all these nutrients which are very essential for our body.

My family's love towards green leafy vegetables is uncontrollable.  Even my daughter loves to have leafy veggies like pumpkin leaf, long beans leaf, bottle gourd leaf and she even named it as the Chocolate leaf. Unfortunately, she is allergic to moringa leaves. So even she loves to eat, we won't give her. I used to make chammanthi (condiment), Moringa parippu curry (dal moringa curry), Moringa thoran (stir fried drumstick leaves), moringa thalichathu with drumstick leaves.Here is my easy and healthy recipe for Dal moringa leaves curry with coconut / Indian cooking recipes. It's very delicious when served with hot white rice. Enjoy!!!

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Drumstick leaves                           - 2 cups
Masoor dal / Pink lentils                - half a cup
Green chili                                      - 1 (i need less spicy)
Turmeric powder                            - 1 tsp
Chili powder                                   - half a tsp ( i skipped it)
Tomato                                            - half a piece


Coconut                                           - 1 cup   
Shallots                                            - 3 nos
Cumin seeds                                    - half a tsp


Mustard seeds                                  - half a tsp
Oil                                                    - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves


  • Collect the drumstick leaves by removing the green leaves alone from the stem discarding the yellow leaves. It needs patience but always think about its nutritional value .(do not add bits of stem)
  • Wash well and drain the water.
  • Now cook the masoor dal, tomato, chili, turmeric powder, chili powder with half a cup of water until dal is well cooked and mushy.
  • When done add the moringa leaves to it along with salt (little) and again cook for another10 minutes (until the leaf is cooked) in a medium flame. Add water if needed.
  • Meanwhile grind together coconut, cumin seed, and shallots with only less than half a cup of water to a fine paste.  When done, Set aside.
  • When moringa leaf is done and the gravy comes to a thick gravy consistency, then add the coconut paste to it. Mix well. Check for salt.  When it starts to bubble (before it starts to boil), remove from flame. Do not allow it to boil more after adding coconut mixture.
  • Now heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and pour it over the prepared curry. 
  • Delicious healthy parippu muringayila curry ready.
Also please watch the video of egg kabab (thengamuri) on my youtube channel