Since moringa trees are primarily grown for their seed pods (drumsticks), moringa flowers are hardly available in the market. So we prepare poriyal in small quantity exclusively for a lactating mother in our family. It is preferred to cook buds & young white blossoms gently and use them in salad, soup, or curry. Please beware that it is not recommended to take moringa flowers during pregnancy as it may lead to miscarriage.
Health Benefits of Moringa flowers:
- Moringa flowers are good sources of calcium, potassium & amino acids that are required to increase lactation for nursing mothers.
- They help to boost immunity and are used to fight common cold.
- They protect against tissue damage and improve the liver function.
- These are used in Ayurvedic medicines that treat urinary tract infections.
- Intake of these flowers balances Pitta & Kapha dosha.
Here is the recipe for murungai poo poriyal specially for my cousin who gave birth to a baby last month:
Time taken: 15 min.
Yields : 100 g (½ cup)
- Moringa flowers (murungai poo) – a handful
- Green gram lentil (paasi paruppu/ moong dal) – 1 tbsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Coconut – 4 pieces (1 inch each)
- Green chilli – 1 No.
- Cumin seeds (jeeragam) – ¼ tsp
- Shallot (sambar vengayam)- 2 Nos.
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds (kadugu) – ¼ tsp
- Curry leaves – 5 leaves
- Shallot – 5 Nos.
- Grind all the ingredients listed under “For grinding” without adding water and keep aside.
- Heat a small pan with oil in medium flame and add mustard seeds.
- When mustards begin to crackle, add curry leaves & chopped shallots and saute until translucent and set aside.
- Wash and cook lentils in medium flame.
- When lentils are cooked soft add washed moringa flowers and cook for 5 min.
- Add salt, ground coconut & sauteed shallot and mix well.
- Remove from heat and serve with rice and sambar, rasam or any kulambu.