Moringa Leaves Dal is a popular recipe from Bihar, Bengal and also known as Murungakeerai paruppu in South India. This is a nutrition packed lentil stew that is a rich source of proteins, vitamins etc. Dal with Moringa greens is made with cooked drumstick leaves, Masoor Dal, and very few other ingredients that give it a raw but savory flavor. Drumstick leaves dal has many health benefits and often served with steam rice.
Let’s Check Drumstick Leaves Dal Recipe
How To Make Drumstick Leaves Dal
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Makes 4 servings
Also Read: Moong Dal Pakoda Recipe
Ingredients List For Drumstick Leaves Dal
- 2 cups of Drumstick leaves /moringa leaves
- 3/4 Cup Of Masoor Dal /red lentil
- 1 pinch of asafoetida
- 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 Chopped Green Chillies
- 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
- Salt To Taste
- Mustard Oil
- 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilli Paste
Method To Make Easy Drumstick Leaves Recipe
- Separate only the leaves from the bunch of Drumstick Leaves. Make sure you don’t take any woody parts as they won’t cook well.
- Clean and wash the Drumstick Leaves with tap water thoroughly.
- Add the leaves in the pressure cooker with washed Masoor Dal, Turmeric Powder, Salt, ½ Tbsp Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilli and 2 ½ cups water.
- Let it boil and cover to wait for 1 whistles on high flame.
- Reduce the flame to the minimum & let it cook for another 10 minutes.
- Open the pressure cooker with dal-moringa leaves. Mash a bit and simmer if needed.
- For tempering of Moringa Dal- Heat mustard oil in a tempering ladle, add asafoetida, cumin seeds. Let it crackle.
- Then add the chopped garlic and chillies followed by ½ Tbsp. Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilli Paste.
- Serve this delicious hot Dal with plain steam rice/ rotis.
More about Drumstick Leaves
Drumstick leaves can be considered a super food for women as they are a rich source of iron and calcium. These were also used in Indian siddha medicine.
Other names of Drumstick in different Indian languages are Moringa oleifera, Shevaga, Murungai, Muringnga, Munagakaya, Sajna, and Muranga Keerai. This is also known as the ‘Queen of all Greens’ as they are the richest source of beta-carotene found among all leafy vegetables.
Drumstick tree is commonly grown in the backyard of Indian homes. Since they are known for health and medicinal benefits. But, here in Mumbai we sometimes luckily find them in the local markets or the grocery stores. You can Buy HERE
Why Moringa: A Solution To Iron Deficiency?
If you often feel weak, tired, have a headache or trouble breathing, this could be the possible signs of iron deficiency or anemia. Rebuilding iron level is a slow process but consuming high-iron foods can help to boost the pace.
Moringa leaves are known to be the nutritional powerhouse. They are the best plant-based source of iron. Moringa also supplies a host of minerals & vitamins which help in iron retention in the body.