Moringa leaves with Coconut

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Moringa is a very popular plant belong to family Moringaceae. The same plant produces drumsticks, the pods which are also commonly known as Sahjan in Hindi. Moringa is a tropical plant that grows extensively in India, has been mentioned in ancient texts, and has medicinal values. Moringa plants, leaves, stems, pods, seeds and flower are used in cooking as well as in Ayurvedic medicines.

Moringa leaves are small in size and resemble Methi leaves. The preparations with Moringa are popular in South India and I have heard about it from some South Indian friends.

My plant encyclopedia says that Moringa is a very healthy green. Moringa is rich in various vitamins, protein, Iron and many other minerals. Moringa leaves have a strong smell so I decided to add some nuts and coconut to make it milder. I have used cashew nuts to have an additional nutty flavor; one can also use peanuts instead. The resulting preparation is outstanding!

Hope you like the recipe. Please do share your valuable thoughts. Happy cooking, Shuchi

karela/moringa leaves with coconut
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 5 minutes
Approximately 80 calories in each serving

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • Moringa leaves about 3-4 cups
  • Ghee  2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves   5-6
  • Whole red chili 1
  • Cashew nuts broken, 1 tbsp Amazon link for organic cashews
  • Urad dal 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Coconut shredded 2 tbsp
  • Salt  ½ tsp/ to taste
  • Black pepper/ red chili powder ¼ tsp
  • Amchoor powder ¼ tsp

Method of preparation

  1. Moringa leaves have thick sprigs and look like the pic below.
fresh moringa leaves
Moringa leaves
  1. Remove the thick sprigs of moring leaves. Wash the leaves thoroughly and leave them on the stainer to remove extra water.
fresh moringa leaves
Washed moringa leaves
  1. In a wok heat ghee, add mustard seeds. When seeds stop crackling, add curry leaves and red chili. Fry for a few seconds. Add urad dal and broken cashews. Fry for a few seconds or until it slightly changes the color.
fresh moringa leaves
Seasoning for moringa
  1. Add washed moringa leaves. Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and mix well again.
  2. Now add coconut and mix well. Cover the lid and cook for a couple of minutes.
fresh moringa leaves
Frying with Moringa Leaves
  1. Add some black pepper and amchoor powder. Mix well.
  2. Moringa leaves preparation is ready to serve. Serve with roti.
karela/moringa leaves with coconut

Some Tips/Suggestions

  1. For a change you can also add some sambhar masala in this vegetable preparation.
  2. Instead of amchoor you can also use tamarind pulp.

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