Drumstick pods soup

Nowadays drumstick (moringa) pods  are grown abundantly in my mother’s garden, and she used to keep sending me a batch of these pods every now & then. But it has been boring to see these drumsticks (murungakkai) in our sambar, kuzhambu, kootu & poriyal on our plates every day.  Nevertheless I don’t have the heart to waste these amazing fruits of a “miracle” tree considering their nutritive values and health benefits.

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 So I find this soup as a distinctive alternate recipe using drumsticks.

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Before moving on to the recipe lets look into the health benefits of drumstick pods (murungakkai).

Health Benefits of drumstick pods: These pods of Moringa tree are good sources of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin A. Cooked pods contain more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, and more magnesium than boiled eggs; you may click here to find its nutritive values.

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Ayurvedic properties of drumsticks: 

  • Taste (Rasa): Pungent (katu) & bitter (tikta)
  • Qualities (Guna):  Light to digest (laghu), alkaline (kshara)
  • Potency (Veerya): Hot (Ushna)
  • Action (Karma):  Balances Kapha & vata
  • Benefits: Improves digestion (deepana), reduces bloating (gulma), improves eyesight (chakshushya), acts as anti-inflammatory (shvayathu), good for heart health (hrudaya), increases sperm count (shukrala), decreases fat deposit & obesity risk (meda), treats spleen related diseases (pleeha)

Now the recipe for murungakkai soup:
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Yields : 1 Litre
Time Taken: 30 min

  1. Drumstick pods (murungaikai)- 15 Nos. (approx. 3″ each)
  2. Green gram lentils (moong dal/ paasi paruppu) – ¼ cup (50 g)
  3. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  4. Shallots (sambar vengayam) – 6 Nos.
  5. Garlic – 5 pods
  6. Ginger – 1″ piece
  7. Tomato – 1 No. (small)
  8. Salt – ¾ tsp
  9. Roasted cumin seed powder – for garnishing & also for flavor

Cooking procedure:

  • Wash lentils and add into a bowl along with shallots, ginger, garlic, tomato and turmeric powder.
  • Pour water (150 ml) into the bowl and pressure cook lentils (simmer for 10 min. when it reaches high pressure).
  • Meanwhile steam drumstick pods for 5 min.
  • When drumstick seeds are cooked soft, separate the seeds and keep aside.
  • Scrape out the flesh using a spoon and discard the fibre.

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  • Blend cooked lentil mixture & drumstick flesh together in a mixer.
  • Heat a sauce pan in medium flame after pouring this mixture into it.
  • Pour enough water to get the required consistency and bring it to a boil.
  • Add salt, stir well and remove from heat.
  • Garnish with drumstick seeds and roasted cumin seeds powder.
  • Serve warm with any bread, or roasted papad, etc.

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Tips & tweaks:

  • As roasted cumin seeds & lentils compliment each other I have not used any other spice; however you may add any spice of your choice or garam masala powder for flavor.
  • I don’t feel like adding pepper powder as I used ginger in here.
  • If you like to add fresh cream or milk in this soup, you may have to reduce lentils by half else it will make you feel heavy.
  • I recommend you to add a scoop of creamy curd (yogurt) or few drops of lemon juice before serving.

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  • Drumstick soup tastes delicious when served with deep fried tapioca papads.

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