Moringa is now almost a household name. Commonly known as drumsticks, this South Indian staple has made it into today’s top 20 superfoods. Its health benefits are highly valued. Interestingly, although almost all parts of the tree are used as part of various dishes and various herbal medicines, its leaves are the richest in nutrients. It is sold as
I had been aware of the incredible benefits of this tree, but a few days ago a headline on the back page of a newspaper caught my attention. When these were given to malnourished children, their nutritional status improved significantly in just 3 months. So i decided to give it a try.
In general, I like to use fresh leafy greens, but moringa was not available in my area, so I had to purchase a pack of organic moringa leaf powder from the GOQii Health Store. I have eaten drumsticks in many vegetables and curries, but I had never used or eaten the leaves, so I had no idea what they tasted like. I didn’t like it when I tasted a pinch of it. It tasted like henna or mehndi powder. I noticed that it is easy to eat as it is. So, without compromising on the taste, I started thinking about how to use it in various ways.
The good thing about these recipes using moringa leaf powder is that it doesn’t affect the taste too much while still enjoying all the benefits it has to offer.
1. Green smoothie
- Banana – 1 medium
- Apple – ½ medium
- Kiwi – 1
- Almonds – 7-8 (soaked overnight and peeled)
- Oat powder – 1 tablespoon
- Flaxseed powder – 1 teaspoon
- Chia seeds – 2 teaspoons (soaked in water)
- Spinach leaves – a handful
- Organic Moringa Leaf Powder – 2 tsp
- Coconut/plain water – 1 glass
Preparation method: Add all ingredients except 1/2 glass coconut/plain water to blender and blend until smooth mixture. Pour in the remaining coconut water and pulse for a while. The result is a very healthy and filling green smoothie.
2. Cheese Moringa Uttapam
Things necessaryor batter:
- semolina (suzie) – ½ cup
- oat powder – ¼ cup
- Rice flour – ¼ cup
- Curd – ½ cup
- Lemon juice – 1/2 tablespoon
- Organic Moringa Leaf Powder – 2 tsp
- Coconut crush – 1 tablespoon
- 2 tablespoons each chopped onion, tomato, and pepper
- Green chilli – 1 chopped
- Green coriander – 2 tablespoons chopped
- grated cheese – 1 tablespoon
- Oil – 1 tsp (for shallow frying)
- Place all the dough ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add water little by little while stirring to make the dosa dough to your preferred consistency. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan and pour the uttappam batter over it.
- Immediately sprinkle the sides with a few drops of oil and add the chopped vegetables. Bake from one side.
- The pot can be covered so that the vegetables are properly steamed. When baked, flip over and bake for another 2 minutes.
- Flip again, sprinkle cheese on vegetable side, and cover.
- After 1 minute, turn off the heat and allow the steam inside to melt the cheese.
- Your Uttapam is ready! Enjoy it with green chutney, coconut chutney and tomato chutney.
3. Moringa Multigrain Masala Paratha
- Bajra flour – ½ cup
- Corn (Makka) flour – ½ cup
- Moringa leaf powder – 1 tablespoon
- Potato – 1 large boiled and grated
- Chart Masala – ½ teaspoon
- Red chili powder – ¼ tsp
- Coriander – 2 tablespoons fresh and chopped
- Ajwine powder – ¼ tsp
- Hin powder – a pinch
- Ghee – 1 teaspoon
- Combine all ingredients except ghee in a large mixing bowl and use warm water to make a soft dough.
- Let this dough rest for 15-20 minutes. After 15-20 minutes, put the tawa on medium heat.
- Divide the dough into 4-5 equal parts and roll each into a ball. Place a round ball of dough on a flat surface and begin to beat it into a flat round shape with your hands.
- Use a rolling pin to gently flatten the parathas. If the paratha keeps breaking while flattening, you can also place the dough between two plastic sheets or parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten it.
- Place the parathas on the hot tawa. When the paratha is slightly browned, flip it over and cook the other side. Small brown spots will start to appear.
- Pour ghee on both sides. Reduce heat and bake until light brown.
- Moringa Multigrain Masala Paratha is ready when the paratha is lightly fried until fully cooked.
Surprising Uses for Moringa Leaf Powder
In this article, we have discussed how to eat moringa leaf powder, but there are many other uses, such as making scrubs and face packs, to give your skin healthy nourishment.
- Mix 1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder with 2 tablespoons thick curd and 2 tablespoons oat flour. This makes a great body scrub for sensitive skin.
- Mix 1 teaspoon moringa powder and 1 tablespoon multani mitti. Add a teaspoon each of honey and rose water to create a radiant face mask.
- Mix 2 teaspoons moringa powder, 1 teaspoon curd, and 1 teaspoon tomato juice for a sunscreen face pack.
These are just my experiments to reap the benefits of powdered moringa leaves. Are there any uses for Moringa? Please share them in the comments below.
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