Saturday, 31 January 2015

Drum Stick Leaves Powder ( Murungai keerai Podi)

We are all aware of Drum Stick leaves' health benefits. It carries the botanical name of Moringa oleifera. 
Studies reveal that it acts as a natural medicine to control diabetes and high blood pressure.But it is not readily available  in the market as other leaves and vegetables are available. Normally it is cooked with green gram dhal to be consumed the same day. But if it is made as a dry powder we can consume it  on a daily basis / or as and when we feel like.

Let us learn how to prepare this powder.

All we need is
  1.  Dhaniya  ---- one/ two cups.
  2. Red Chillies -- 1 or 2 ( change according to your taste )
  3. Asafoetida--- a little.
  4. Drum Stick Leaves -- two handfulls.
  5. Salt to taste.
  6. oil one teaspoon to fry.

Remove the drumstick leaves from its sticks and wash well with water. Spread these leaves on a piece of cloth and dry them well in shade. It will take atleast 3 or 4 days to dry well.Keep the dried leaves aside.

Preparing Instructions :

Heat the oil in a frying pan.
Fry the asafoetida, dhaniya and red chillies and keep it aside. Now in the pan ( no need to add oil) add the drumstick leaves and just fry for a few seconds. 

Now add the fried items to a mixie . Add salt. Grind them to a nice powder . Take care not to grind it very fine. Let it be a little coarse. Texture makes a lot of difference in taste.

Add  one or two spoons of this powder to cooked  rice   and  enjoy its taste with its medicinal values.

P.S : You can replace dhaniya with toor dhal.That will have a different taste. But, I enjoyed dhaniya drumstick powder taste. 

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