Moringa Flower Poriyal

Since moringa trees are primarily grown for their seed pods (drumsticks), moringa flowers are hardly available in the market. So we prepare poriyal in small quantity exclusively for a lactating mother in our family. It is preferred to cook buds & young white blossoms gently and use them in salad, soup, or curry. Please note that it is not recommended to take moringa flowers during pregnancy as it may lead to miscarriage.

IMG_7208Health Benefits of Moringa flowers: 

  1. Moringa flowers are good sources of calcium, potassium & amino acids that are required to increase lactation for nursing mothers.
  2. They help to boost immunity and are used to fight common cold.
  3. They protect against tissue damage and improve the liver function.
  4. These are used in Ayurvedic medicines that treat urinary tract infections.
  5. Intake of these flowers balances Pitta & Kapha dosha.

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Here is the recipe for murungai poo poriyal specially for my cousin who gave birth to a baby last month:

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Time taken: 15 min.

Yields : 100 g (½ cup)

Ingredients:

  1. Moringa flowers (murungai poo) – a handful
  2. Green gram lentil (paasi paruppu/ moong dal) – 1 tbsp
  3. Salt – ¼ tsp

     For grinding:

  1. Coconut – 4 pieces (1 inch each)
  2. Green chilli – 1 No.
  3. Cumin seeds (jeeragam) – ¼ tsp
  4. Shallot (sambar vengayam)- 2 Nos.

    For tempering:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds (kadugu) – ¼ tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  4. Shallot – 5 Nos.

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Cooking Method:

  • Grind all the ingredients listed under “For grinding” without adding water and keep aside.
  • Heat a small pan with oil in medium flame and add mustard seeds.
  • When mustards begin to crackle, add curry leaves & chopped shallots and saute until translucent and set aside.

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  • Wash and cook lentils in medium flame.
  • When lentils are cooked soft add washed moringa flowers and cook for 5 min.
  • Add salt, ground coconut & sauteed shallot and mix well.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice and sambar, rasam or any kulambu.

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70 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks like a delicious recipe with many health benefits. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Megala says:

      Most welcome !

  2. The Moringa tree is indeed a gift to human kind, my grandmother always said so. She was the one who was an expert in making this dish in particular. Not sure if the Moringa flower is available here, but if it is, will give this a try.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, our grand mothers are wise women ! Wish you could find them and try this recipe !

      1. Absolutely agree. This would taste like hers with just a bit of her love missing.

  3. PS says:

    Nice one!Looks tasty!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

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