Moringa is making huge waves as the latest health food around the world, but while the world discovered it recently we have been eating it forever, Moringa Leaves are nothing but our humble drumstick tree leaves. It is a native Indian tree which is now been planted all over the world for it’s fantastic health benefits.
All over India, there are recipes which use all parts of the tree. The leaves, flowers and then the drumsticks themselves. Every part of the tree is supposed to be full of vitamins and minerals. I have a drumstick tree at the farmhouse and hence Moringa is a regular part of our lives, the sindhi curry with flowers or flower chutney. The drumstick sabji and what sambhar can be better than the drumstick sambhar but my favorite part of the tree are the leaves. I absolutely adore them.
One cup of drumstick leaves has 2gms of Protein, 19% of your Vit B6 required for the day (RDA – Recommended Dietary Allowance), 12% of Vit C RDA, 11% of the Iron RDA, 11% of Vit B12 RDA, 9% of Vit A RDA and 8% of Mg RDA (source : Google Nutrition). They are also very rich in antioxidants like Quercetin (which helps regulate blood pressure) and Cholorgenic Acid (which helps regulate blood sugar) and they are also said to help in reducing the cholesterol level in the body. Do we still need more reasons to eat drumstick leaves aka moringa?
I use it at home in many ways, in dosas and chutneys. In dals and paranthas and I am hoping to share a series of recipes featuring them, starting with my favorite Drumstick leaves dal.