Wondrous Moringa Leaves
Wondrous Moringa Leaves
Esgee's Kitchen

Wondrous Moringa Leaves


Last week we had Moringa seed recipes and now here are some Moringa leaf recipes. Equally nutritious, these leaves can be added to a variety of dishes to enhance their nutritive value. Make it your favourite green Superfood.

1. Moringa Thoren – Kerala style

Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 10mins

  • 2 cups of fresh moringa leaves [washed, cleaned and chopped]
  • ½tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 red chillies
  • 8-10 shallots chopped
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • 1 green chilli
  • I tsp veg oil [preferably coconut oil]

In a pan add veg oil and crackle mustard seeds and red chilli bits. Tothis add the chopped shallots and stir. Next add the drumstick leaves [Moringa] and season with salt. Cover the pan and allow it to cook. After five minutes, when the leaves are well cooked, add ground coconut and green chilly mixture. Stir well and remove from flame.

P.S. This is a dry side dish. It is excellent with rice and curry.

If you wish to give it a twist, add eggs to the thoren and scramble them well. Top off with a spoon full of coconut oil.

2. Moringa Soup

Prep time: 10mins Cooking time:10 mins

  • 1-2 carrots sliced
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3-4 garlic flakes chopped
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 cup moringa leaves [washed and chopped]
  • A small blob of butter[optional]

Add all the ingredients to cooking pot with 3 cups of water and boil well. Add salt to taste. When all vegetables are well cooked and water has considerably reduced, add a small blob of butter and remove from flame. Your clear soup is ready.

3. Moringa Pesarattu Dosa

Prep time: 30 mins Cooking time:15 mins

For Pesarattu- Soak 1 cup whole green gram for 4-5 hours. Grind the soaked gram with ½ inch piece of ginger, 2 green chillies and 8-10 curry leaves. To this batter add a pinch of asafoetida and salt. Your pesarattu batter is ready.

Add a cup full of washed and chopped moringa leaves to this batter. Moringa is value addition to the green, protein packed Pesarattu. Spread oil on a griddle and make Pesarattu like dosas/pancakes. Add a little ghee, butter or vegetable oil to the Pesarattu to make it crisp and flavoursome.

Serve with chutney of your choice.