Moringa Leaves Stir Fry

Moringa Leaves Stir Fry

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Moringa Leaves Stir Fry | Drumstick Leaves Recipe | Murungayilla Thoran | Keerai Recipe | with step by step photos and video. A simple yet healthy stir fry recipe. Moringa is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree native to the Indian subcontinent that can also grow in other tropical and sub-tropical places, like Asia and Africa. Its leaves and fruits are a staple in Indian households. Almost all parts of the tree are eaten or used as ingredients in Ayurvedic medicine.

It has been called the “the miracle tree” or “the tree of life“. In some of the poorest countries in the world, these drought-resistant trees provide much needed food and nutrition during the times of famines. It’s no surprise that Fidel Castro once called moringa “food for the hungry”.

Moringa Leaves Stir Fry

What are the health benefits of moringa leaves?

Moringa has many important vitamins and minerals. The leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal and build muscle.

Furthermore, it is packed with antioxidants, substances that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.

What sickness can moringa cure?

Moreover, moringa has been shown to cure both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is one where the patients suffer from non-production of insulin, which is a hormone that maintains the blood glucose level at the required normal value. Type 2 diabetes is one associated with insulin resistance.

How to separate moringa leaves from stem?

Moringa leaves are sold still attached to the stalks. The stalks are too woody to eat and should be discarded. To separate the leaves from the stalks:

  1. Holding a stalk with one hand, lightly grip between the forefinger and thumb of the other hand the thickest portion of the stalk.
  2. With one smooth stroke, slide your forefinger and thumb through the length of the stalk to strip off the leaves.
  3. Discard the stalks. Rinse the leaves and add to the pot.

How to store moringa leaves?

  1. Take off the leaves as shown in the pic.
  2. Store it in a clean and dry plastic container.
  3. You can hold this fresh leaves for a week.
  4. Wash before cook.

How to make morings leaves stir fry?

Moringa Leaves Stir Fry | Drumstick Leaves Recipe | Murungayilla Thoran | Keerai Recipe | with step by step photos and video. A traditional stir fry cooked in fried coconut and in coconut oil for an authentic touch and flavour. Cooked dry, this yummy and healthy side dish is sometimes served as one of the items in a Sadya meal.

Tips for that authentic tatse:

  1. Use coconut oil
  2. Shallots make them more tastier than onions.

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Moringa Leaves Stir Fry

Course: SidesCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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Moringa Leaves Stir Fry | Drumstick Leaves Recipe | Murungayilla Thoran | Keerai Recipe | with step by step photos and video. A simple yet healthy stir fry recipe.


  • 4 cups Drumstick / Moringa Leaves (Cleaned & Dried)

  • 10 Shallots

  • 1 tsp + 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

  • 3 tbsp Grated Coconut

  • Salt as required

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • 2 tsp Chilli Flakes


  • Firstly, wash and drain the moringa leaves. Get rid of all the thick sprigs.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Now, take 10 to 15 shallots and crush them using a mortar & pestle. Keep them aside.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • In a pan add 1 tsp coconut oil and 3 tbsp grated coconut.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Add the required salt for the coconut and saute them until it turns golden brown. Make sure to fry them over a low or medium flame to avoid getting burnt. Remove from flame and transfer to another plate.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Splutter mustard seeds followed by the crushed shallots and 2 tsp chilli flakes. Saute them for 10 seconds.Moringa Leaves Stir FryMoringa Leaves Stir FryMoringa Leaves Stir FryMoringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Now add in the drained moringa leaves. Mix them well.Moringa Leaves Stir FryMoringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes over a low flame.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Now add in the roasted coconut & combine them well.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Add in the required salt. Cover & cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry
  • Now switch off the flame and serve with hot dal rice or any thing of your choice.Moringa Leaves Stir Fry

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  • After washing the leaves, remove the sprigs.
  • Pregnant and breast feeding ladies should consult doctor before eating moringa leaves.