|3 cups Moringa leaves/ Murunga keerai|
|1 tbsp Urad dal / Black gram dal|
|2 tbsp Gram dal|
|2 tsp Daniya/ Coriander seeds|
|10 Red chillies|
|1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds|
|1 tbsp Sesame seeds|
|1 tbsp Dessicated coconut|
|1/2 tsp Asafoetida|
|1 tsp Oil|
|To taste Salt|
Food is a vital part of one health. Eating good food is very important. Mindful eating is what was practised by our elders and which lost its relevance in this race towards modernism. After much damage is done, slowly we are limping back to our basics. From checking out stores to buy those exotic imported goods, we are looking at our own food which is native to our land. If you take time off and read about our own superfoods, you will be amazed at the nutrition and health benefits of some simple easily available superfoods. Superfoods need not be something which is not available easily. It may be the ones you find in your backyard. Today I am stressing on Moringa. Moringa is an Indian superfood grown locally and available easily. Today we make a simple dish Murungai keerai podi with these nutrition-packed moringa leaves.
Indian superfoods are the theme that was decided for Foodie Monday Blog hop suggested by Vidya who blogs at Masalachilli. I initially thought I will cook with turmeric which is another Indian Superfood. But then Moringa could not be left behind too. Moringa seeds have great health benefits. So are the leaves. I cook very regularly with moringa. The moringa soup, Moringa chaas are very regular. I love to use moringa leaves in dal too.
This murunga keerai podi is a lentil based dish. This is an instant spice powder which is generally mixed with rice and served as Murunga saadam. If drumstick leaves are available plus buy them, wash them thoroughly, dry it immediately. Else it tends to rot fast. Then either heat it dry in stove top or a microwave or an oven. When it is paper dry, run it in a mixer or blender and powder it and preserve it. Have a tsp of it daily and see how it changes your health.
Spread the moringa leaves on a microwave-safe plate Microwave it for 20 seconds on high. If it is not paper dry, microwave it for further 20 seconds or more as required. Make sure it does not char. You can shade dry it too or dry it on stove top
Dry roast the dals, daniya, fenugreek till the dals turn a little brown. Transfer it to a plate and let it cool
Add sesame seeds to the same pan and roast till the sesame pops out. Transfer it to the plate
Now Add the oil and add the red chilies and roast till it turns crisp. Transfer it to the pate. Let everything cool completely
Now transfer all the contents to the mixer jar. Add asafoetida and salt and run the mixer till the ingredients become a coarse powder.
Now add the dried moringa leaves and powder it well. Store in air-tight container.
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