One of the most nutritious powders/ podis in almost every Indian home ( especially South Indians ) is the drumstick leaf podi or powder. These humble trees are found growing easily in many homes so our access to these medicinal leaves are not difficult, sadly many of us tend to take it for granted and do not add it to our daily dietary needs. These wonder leaves are not only easily available but also have no side adverse effects.
Both the leaves and pods, dried and fresh are used in a variety of ways with many culinary uses. These leaves are also called Moringa leaves.
leaves commonly ( Moringa Oliefera, also called horseradish tree is a native to
India and one of the most health enhancing plants Several recipes can be tried with these nutritious leaves in dosas, adais, chutneys and many other rice dishes, rasam , poriyals, curries etc.
washed cleaned , dried drumstick leaves.
dried red chilies
pinch of asafoetida powder.
sure to clean the leaves, wash carefully, and dry them patting on paper towels ,
with no moisture in them .Keep aside to roast separately.
with a tsp of oil, fry the dals and chillies ,cumin seeds, sesame seeds,, when
cooled powder them first.
remaining oil dry roast the dried moringa leaves till crisp and not dark
grind to powder separately.
powders, add salt and asafoetida powder,
with rice and ghee mixed together.
in air tight container.
good for a fortnight.
Health benefits of Moringa leaves/ drumstick leaves.
Ayurvedic system states that around 300 plus diseases are treated
by the leaves of the Moringa tree.
powerhouse of nutritional values.It helps lower blood pressure, soothing, and a
good sleep aid.
detoxifying effect acting as a coagulant taking away harmful material from the
body and bacteria.
make delicious drumstick leaves powder easily at home and mix it with
rice and ghee and serve to growing kids and adults alike.
to be better than multi vitamins as it has almost
all nutritional needs at a cheaper cost and with no
side effects.Moringa oleifera is very nutritious.The leaves are rich
in anti oxidants.It may help lower blood sugar levels and may reduce
source of several quality amino acids.
source of vitamin A.
Vitamin A is one of the fat-soluble anti-oxidant offering several benefits,
including mucus membrane repair, maintenance of skin integrity, vision, and
many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin
(vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. Much of these vitamin
functions as co-enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.
Iron alleviates anemia. Calcium is required for bone mineralisation. Zinc plays
a vital role in hair-growth, and skin health.
Moringa leaves are said to be natures multi vitamin providing 7 tmes
the vitamins C in Oranges, 4 times the calciium of milk, 4 times the
vitamins of carrots, 3 times the potassium of bananas, and 2 times the proteins
same time while it is a great powerhouse of many nutrients and many still
unknown it has never been known to create adverse effects .
leaf juice has stabilizing effect on blood pressure and used to treat
believed to control glucose levels in diabetics.
excellent remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis.
are rubbed on temples for headaches.
made from the leaves are applied to reduce glandular swelling.
is used as an anti septic.
leaves are also prescribed for anameia
better than soy in having the higest ratio of protein .
scientists have added moringa leaves a s the best in highest protein even more
than soy.and also better as it is no allergic.
leaves contain 18-20 amino acids required by the human body including all 8 of
the essential amino acids found in meat products.
cannot produce all the essential amino acids and must get them from other
sources and Moringa leaves is the only one which has all the eight amino acids
and cheaper too.