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Drumstick Leaf aka Moringa Dal

Moringa is the latest superfood across the world, but while the world discovered it recently we have been eating it forever. Here is a recipe for Moringa or Drumstick leaf dal. Read post for more details on Moringa & the recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 helping


  • 2 cups drumstick leaves
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 1 onion large chopped
  • 2 tomato large chopped
  • 8 - 10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 green chillies split
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • to taste salt

For the tempering/tadka

  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp heeng
  • 3 garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp jeera seeds
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • 2 chillies red dry
  • 1 tsp chilli Powder


  • Wash and roughly chop the drumstick leaves. Keep aside
  • Wash and soak the dal in water for an hour. Whatever dal it is I prefer to soak it in water for an hour before cooking since it removes the toxins and to certain extent the pesticides in the dal.
  • Boil together dal, drumstick leaves, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, slice green chillies, curry leaves salt and turmeric. Let the cooker whistle once and then reduce the flame and cook for 3-4 minutes. Let the steam release by itself.
  • In a small kadhai or tadka pan, heat ghee and when hot add heeng and when it browns add mustard and jeera seeds. Sautee for 1 minute till the jeera browns and mustard starts spluttering. Add the garlic, curry leaves and dry red chilli and saute further for 2 minutes. Add chill powder and pour the tadka over dal and serve with hot steaming rice


Like I said for me drumstick leaves is a garden to plate recipe but if you are in Bangalore and can't locate a tree around, you can order drumstick leaves on towness which BTW has the freshest vegetables in town and for more details stay tuned for the upcoming post on the online grocery wars of Bangalore :)
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