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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76 Comments Add yours

  1. InspiresN says:

    oh nice to know about this dish! love all the unique recipes you share .

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  2. Bhavana says:

    Interesting recipe.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  3. Interesting recipe Megala!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

  4. Thanks for sharing benefits of moringa flower

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  5. chefkreso says:

    Looks lovely and very flavourful, I’d love to try!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  6. Nisha Sharma says:

    Wow, never knew there was a dish with these flowers 😊😊

    1. Megala says:

      Hope you would try them sometime ! Thanks !!

      1. Nisha Sharma says:

        Yes will do, will try to get my hands on some flowers 😊

  7. Something new to us. A must try recipe… great work 👍

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  8. Nice! Hard to find moringa in US 🙁

    1. Megala says:

      Same in India too, unless we grow this tree at home ! Thank you !!

  9. Hard to find these flowers, have you got a tree? Congratulations to you and your cousin on arrival of the little one!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, my mother grows this tree ! Thank you !! 🙂

  10. Dreamtemples says:

    A very rare dish Megala and entirely new to me! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

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