Murungai Poo Kootu/Drumstick Blossom Kootu/Moringa Flower Dal

 
In chennai, atleast once in a month, we used to have drumstick leavs subzi/sambhar. But after coming to dubai, it is very hard for me to find these nutritious greens. Whenever we go to the vegetable market, we used to find few packets and they cost a lot for a handful of leaves, that too all wilted. Though i see 4 drumstick trees right opposite to my flat, in the compound of a banking institute, but i never dared to go and pluck some fresh leaves.
 
First of all, i feel so shy to go and secondly what if they look strange at me like who is this mad woman grazing a tree??? so, every time i pass that building i give a big sigh!!!!
Then yesterday all of a sudden, my help got me a big bag of blossoms. I was completely bonkers seeing those fresh blossoms smiling at me. Today morning i made a delicious kootu and have saved some to try some stir-fry,later this week. 
 
Ingredients
3 cups of Drumstick blossom
3/4 cup chana dal/gram dal
1 medium onion 
1 medium tomato
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut/desiccated coconut
Salt to taste
Tempering
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp hing
1/4 tsp turmeric
6-7 nos green chilies
a sprig of curry leaf
 
Method
  • Clean and wash drumstick blossom, there is a chance of little bugs, so clean thoroughly I normally spread it on flat plate,look for any spoilt blossoms/leaves, remove it and then wash them in batches in water.
  • Pressure cook chana dal/gram dal for 4-5 whistles or until soft. I soak the chana dal overnight so it is easy for me to cook in the morning.
  • Heat a kadai, heat oil for tempering, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves. Add green chilies and saute for a minute. 
  • Next add onions and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook until soft and oil separates. Now add washed drumstick blossoms and saute well. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the blossoms are cooked.
  • Next add cooked chana dal, coconut and salt and 1 cup of water to this.Mix well. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve with Rice.  I packed this for my hubby’s lunch along with roti’s and bhindi paneer subzi.
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5 from 8 votes

Murungai poo Kootu/Drumstick flower Dal

Kootu made using fresh drumstick flower/Murungaipoo. Makes a delicious side to rice.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: How to cook Drumstick flower, How to cook Murungai poo, How to make Drumstick flower kootu, How to make Kootu, Kootu
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker
  • Sauce pan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Drumstick flowers/Murungai poo
  • ¾ cup Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu/Gram dal
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coconut frozen coconut can also be used
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste

Tempering

  • 2 tsp oil any vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 2-3 nos green chilies split lengthwise
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
  • a sprig of curry leaf

Instructions

  • Clean and wash drumstick blossom, there is a chance of little bugs, so clean thoroughly I normally spread it on flat plate,look for any spoilt blossoms/leaves, remove it and then wash them in batches in water.
  • Soak the chana dal atleat an hour before cooking. Pressure cook chana dal/gram dal for 4-5 whistles or until soft.
  • Heat a kadai, heat oil for tempering, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves. Add green chilies and saute for a minute. 
  • Next add onions and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook until soft and oil separates. Now add washed drumstick blossoms and saute well. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the blossoms are cooked.
  • Next add cooked chana dal, coconut and salt and 1 cup of water to this.Mix well.
  • Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with Rice.
  • I packed this for my hubby's lunch along with roti's and bhindi paneer