Despite the facts that moringa trees are known to attract pests and they are so fragile that they can not withstand strong winds, they are grown in almost every house to enjoy the benefits of nutritious leaves, flowers & pods. Normally we don’t allow children to go near this tree as woolly caterpillars found on it may cause skin hives when contact with their strands.
It is a common phenomenon that branches of drumstick trees break apart and fall down during windy or rainy season. In such event loads of drumstick leaves & pods are available for consumption and we prepare moringa leaves curry & moringa mash utilizing those plentiful leaves & pods.
Drumstick leaves, flowers & pods are used for both culinary & medicinal purposes, you may refer the chart below for their nutrient values.
Moringa mash tastes delicious when served with paruppu & rasam as shown below or stuffed inside dosa or sandwich.
Now lets look into the recipe for murungakkai thokku:
Yields: 1 cup (200 ml)
- 7 drumstick pods
- 1 tsp of coconut oil
- ½ tsp of cumin seeds
- A sprig of curry leaves
- 1 onion
- ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
- 1 tsp of red chilli powder
- 1 tomato
- ¾ tsp of salt
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing
Mise en place:
- Wash drumstick pods and chop them into 3-4″ pieces.
- Steam them for 7 minutes & scrape the flesh out as shown below.
- Keep the seeds & pulp aside in a bowl.
- Chop onion & tomato finely and leave aside.
- Heat a cooking pan with oil in medium flame.
- Add cumin seeds, chopped onion & curry leaves into the hot oil and saute until onion turn translucent.
- Add turmeric powder & chilli powder and fry for few seconds.
- Add chopped tomatoes & salt (¼ tsp) and saute until mushy.
- Add drumstick seeds & pulp followed by salt (½ tsp) and stir to combine.
- When the mixture is well amalgamated remove from heat.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
- Now murungakkai thokku is ready to serve.