This is my first post for the year 2016 and I choose to begin with the healthy recipes. I would be posting the healthy vegetarian recipes though out this year and focus on seasonal and local ingredients & products.
Moringa leaves, sourced from the moringa tree, commonly known as drumstick tree, are known for it’s several health enhancing properties. It’s soothing, it aids sleep, detoxifying and so on. This is a simple super food. various parts of drumstick tree including leaves and pods are also used to combat malnutrition in children. It’s also an Indian origin tree, grown across the globe, serving all deserving people with the right nutrition.
We were excited to cook with these pretty leaves as we plucked them from back yard drumstick tree at my mother’s place. They were garden fresh, organic and grown in my soil.
- 3 cups moringa leaves
- 1/2 cup tur dal /split red gram
- 1 red onion
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 green chillies (more if you prefer)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tbsp turmeric powder
- Pinch of asafoetida or hing
- 1 tsp lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp jaggery
- Salt to taste
Separate each leaves from the bunch. Rinse and wash the leaves and keep it aside. Soak the lentil for 30 minutes and cook them only till they are done. Dice the onion and keep it aside.
Heat the oil in a wok. Add The mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering, add cumin seeds and hing. Saute it.Add slit green chillies and turmeric powder. Saute for half a minute. Add onion and cook for a minute. Add moringa leaves. Cook for five minutes sauteing in between.
Add cook lentils, jaggery , salt and combine it all.
Switch of the flame and add lemon juice. Taste test for salt at this point.
Serve it with Indian breads or steamed rice.
Beneficial when consumed fresh.