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.
Health benefits of murungai poo (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 useful 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.
Murungai poo poriyal recipe:
Here I have shared this recipe for specially for my cousin who gave birth to a baby last month:
Time taken: 15 min.
Yields : 100 gram (½ cup)
- Moringa flowers (murungai poo) – a handful
- Green gram lentil (paasi paruppu/ moong dal) – 1 tbsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
For spice mix:
- 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.
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.
- 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.