Murungai poo poriyal

Since moringa trees (murungai maram) are primarily grown for their seed pods (drumsticks), moringa flowers (murungai poo) are hardly available in the market. So we prepare murungai poo poriyal in small quantity exclusively for a lactating mother in our family. We need to cook the buds & young white blossoms gently, so we can use them in salad, soup, or use them as garnishes for a curry. Nevertheless, we don’t recommend women to take these nourishing flowers during pregnancy as it may lead to miscarriage.

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Lunch with murungai poo poriyal

Health benefits of murungai poo (moringa flowers):

  1. Moringa flowers are good sources of calcium, potassium & amino acids that are required to increase lactation for nursing mothers.
  2. They help to boost immunity and are useful to fight common cold.
  3. They protect against tissue damage and improve the liver function.
  4. These are used in Ayurvedic medicines that treat urinary tract infections.
  5. Intake of these flowers balances Pitta & Kapha dosha.
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We use to pluck these mildly-fragrant, delicate, white blossoms and chew the fresh murungai poo.

Murungai poo poriyal recipe:

Here I have shared this recipe for specially for my cousin who gave birth to a baby last month:

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Murungai poo poriyal

Time taken: 15 min.
Yields : 100 gram (½ cup)

Ingredients:

  1. Moringa flowers (murungai poo) – a handful
  2. Green gram lentil (paasi paruppu/ moong dal) – 1 tbsp
  3. Salt – ¼ tsp

For spice mix:

  1. Coconut – 4 pieces (1 inch each)
  2. Green chilli – 1 No.
  3. Cumin seeds (jeeragam) – ¼ tsp
  4. Shallot (sambar vengayam)- 2 Nos.

For tempering:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds (kadugu) – ¼ tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  4. Shallot – 5 Nos.
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How to prepare murungai poo poriyal:

  • 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 sauté until translucent and set aside.
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  • Rinse the lentils & moringa flowers and keep them separately.
  • Cook the lentils soft in medium flame.
  • Then add the moringa flowers and cook for 5 min.
  • Add salt, ground coconut & sautéed shallot and stir well.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice and sambar, rasam or any other kuzhambu.
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Murungai poo poriyal recipe

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  1. The Moringa tree is indeed a gift to human kind, my grandmother always said so. She was the one who was an expert in making this dish in particular. Not sure if the Moringa flower is available here, but if it is, will give this a try.

  2. This is the first time I am hearing that we can make poriyal using moringa flower also. Good one. Will pass on this recipe to my mother.

  3. I’ve only seen recipes using moringa leaves before, never the flowers. I hope I might be so lucky to find such a rare ingredient one day!

    1. Yes, moringa flowers are not so popular as their leaves & seed pods, but they do have wonderful medicinal properties. Wish you could get some and try them ! Thank you !!

  4. Drumstick flowers are also used for the treatment for infertility , Megala, Roasted with ghee , it is a good source of iron. This poriyal is new to me , thanks for sharing.

  5. wow! Never heard of murungai poo, also never knew moringa was this..great share!! 🙂

  6. How fascinating reading your blog is!!! I love that you elaborate on the ingredients. I have never heard of these flowers and wish I could try your dish!

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