A Moringa sapling silhouetted against the grey sky…
Moringa feels kind of extra special because it is food and memories and so much more than just a plant/tree.
Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera. Family: Moringaceae.
Commonly known as the drumstick, it is one of the favorites in our homes. Here are the many ways in which we use it –
- The drumstick pods mostly go into the sambar, which the kids love to bits.
- The leaves are much sought after but not as easily available. Their presence makes the Adai dosai a doubly delectable one!
- We also make a simple stir fry dish using the leaves that goes well with a regular rice-sambar meal. The flowers can also go into this one 🙂
- Recently, we made the drumstick leaves chutney powder. Tastes yummm with hot rice and ghee! Or chutney powder + curd as an accompaniment to roti/chapati…
Moringa is now hailed as a super food full of health benefits. Almost all parts of the plant/tree being useful. However, to us, it’s been a traditional food, a part of our various cuisines and collective food culture!! That’s amazing, isnt it?
I also recall seeing this in some South Indian movies – wives enticing their husbands with ‘moringa’ based foods, proof that we have been aware of its aphrodiasic properties all along 😀 Something that ‘studies’ have uncovered only fairly recently…
There is a lot of information available related to this plant, what with it being a superfood and all. Here’s the wiki link for those of you interested in knowing more.
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