Friday, August 12, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM 1 comment

I really wonder, how so much of nutrition can go into these tiny, greenish leaves? This is a drought resistant tree, and its tender leaves have so many health benefits. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, 4 times  richer when compared to Carrots,  rich in Vitamin C, 7 times greater than Oranges, has 4 times more Calcium than Milk, 3 times greater than Banana in Potassium, greater than Spinach in Iron, same protein value as in Eggs, treats anemia, aids digestion, excellent antioxidant, boosts metabolism, on and on..............if I continue with its health benefits, I will be just filling up pages with it....So, I will stop here, just saying, we must have it as many times as possible. Fresh  leaves will  be unwilted and without any discoloration.

Drumstick leaves - 2-2 1/2  cups, removed from stem, washed and cleaned, as shown above
Split moong dhal, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes - 1/4 cup
Pearl onions - 10-12, chopped fine
Grated fresh coconut - 2 tbsps
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1tsp

For Seasoning
Cooking oil - 2 tsps
A pinch of hing/asafoetida  powder
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Broken urad dhal - 2 tsps
Broken Red chillies - 2 

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Dry Curry/Lunch
Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves  2

Drumstick leaves, cleaned and washed well, split mung dhal soaked in hot water, and pearl onions chopped fine

Cooking oil heated up in the pan, all the above mentioned seasonings added, and after they turn golden, chopped onions added and sauteed

After onions become pale  golden, drumstick leaves added along with the soaked mung dhal, 1 tsp sugar, and finally salt.

Sprinkle some water, flames on the lowest, and cover with a lid.

Drumstick leaves getting cooked, in the meantime, split mung dhal becomes half-cooked. You must not over cook drumstick leaves, it tends to turn bitter

Garnish some fresh, grated coconut over the curry, and serve hot with rasam or sambar as a perfect side.
For  special Tanjore Sambar powder recipe, look here

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  1. Though looks simple ,it looks colorful and tasty who would not want this extra zing of nutrion in our daily food. Looks good!


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