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November 16, 2012

Murungai ilai dosai / Drumstick tree leaves dosa

My Hobby Lounge's 4th century! ... to make it special made it a nutritious one.

I very much missed the green leafy veggies which I used to savour everyday at mayeka. Yesterday my visit to the Friday Market brought me so much happiness when I found the horseradish leaves (drumstick tree leaves) which is not so easily available here. Bought a nutritious bunch for Rs.5/- On my way back, was planning to do few dishes and here is today's Breakfast recipe ... A dosa (dosai) using the leaves........

Botanical Name : Moringa Oleifera

Horseradish tree (english) / Murungai (Tamizh) / Muranka (hindi) / Muranka (or) munga saudha (Hindi) / Moringi (Kannada) / Shevga (Marathi)

It is a very delicate tree. The leaves is tender hence gets cooked quickly. The leaves, the flower, the fruit are used for cooking. Bark has medicinal purpose. It helps releive the body pain. The bark is used to cure swelling etc.

It is a source of iron, Vitamin A, B, C, Magnesium, Beta carotene, high in calcium. It is very safe to give to children and nursing mothers. If included regularly, helps fight malnutrition.

There are many yummy recipes that can be prepared using the leaves, flower and the fruit (it resembles a drum stick hence the name drumstick) viz., kootu, proiyal, dosai, sambar, etc

Here is a easy dosa recipe using the leaves :-

Drumstick / Horseraddish / murungai Leaves

Ingredients :-

  1. Rice - 1 cup
  2. Sabudana -  tbsp (javvarisi / tapioca grain)
  3. Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  4. whole urad - 2 tbsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Drumstick leaves - 1 cup
Procedure :-
  • Soak all the above together for 2 hours. 
  • Grind to nice paste.
  •  Batter is ready. Let it ferment for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Clean the leaves (discard stem), wash and drain (the leaf will float in water and will stick to fingers so do it patiently)
  •  To the fermented batter, add the clean drumstick leaves, mix well. 
  • Add water and keep the batter in pouring consistency 

  • Heat a tava, grease it with oil, pour it around from outer edges to the centre
  •  apply few drops of oil around
  •  keep it covered with a lid

  •  when the bottom side turns golden in colour, flip and cook the other side keeping it covered. 
  • When the other side is also done, take it from the tava.
  •  Yummy nutritious drumstick leaves dosa is ready 
  • Just relax and relish it with sambar / chutney / gunpowder (idli milagai podi)

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