A delicious stew made from fresh moringa blossoms and chana dal. A south-indian style dal, made with aromatic chana dal. This delish kootu pairs well with rice and flatbreads.
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Moringa Health Benefits
Moringa flowers or blossoms are a delicacy in many cuisines. These fresh blossoms can be made into a salad or into a dal, fried as a snack or can be enjoyed as a tea. The numerous health benefits of this humble flower make them quite popular in traditional medicine.
Every part of a moringa tree is useful. In villages you will find a Moringa and a neem tree in almost every house. The pods, leaves and blossoms of the moringa tree are edible and are nutritious and healthy.
Check these recipes with Moringa produce
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- Moringa leaves sambar
- Udupi style sambar
- Moringa leaves soup
How Amma makes Moringa Stir-fry
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Ingredients to make Chana dal Kootu
- Drumstick blossoms , This exotic kootu recipe uses drumstick blossoms, depending upon the regions, these are seasonal, you will get them in the market when the moringa trees are in full bloom.
- Dal : This delish moringa blossom dal uses chana dal. Dal adds volume and creaminess to the kootu. You can also use split moong dal or a combination of moong and chana for the dal.
- Spices : This moringa flower dal uses only green chilies for the spice, along with fresh coconut and tomatoes for the flavor.
- Tempering : The regular Indian tempering ingredients like mutard seeds, hing and curry leaves are used.
Stepwise Instructions to make Moringa blossom Dal
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- Check the moringa blossoms for any wilted or spoilt ones. Clean and wash them well in water and let it drain completely in a colander.
- Pressure cook chana dal for 4-5 whistles or until soft. Soaking Chana dal overnight, makes it easy to cook soft.
- Heat a kadai or a heavy bottom pan with oil for tempering. When hot, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves and saute.
- Now to this hot tempering, add chopped chilies and saute. Add tomatoes to this and saute for a minute.
- Now to this add cleaned and washed moringa blossoms, saute well. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until they turn soft.
- To this now add pressure cooked chana dal, grated coconut and salt. Add a cup of water to this and let it simmer for another 10 minutes for it to become saucy.
- Once done, remove it from heat and serve it warm along with rice.
Murungai poo Kootu/Drumstick flower Dal
- Sauce pan
- 3 cups Drumstick flowers/Murungai poo/Moringa blossoms
- ¾ cup Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu/Gram dal
- 1 medium tomato finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh coconut frozen coconut can also be used
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 2 teaspoon oil any vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 6-7 green chilies split lengthwise
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
- a sprig of curry leaf
- 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.
- 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
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.