Friday, August 3, 2012

Murungai leaf kangi / Drumstick leaf and rice porridge

       Murungai tree is a common tree in Tamilnadu. We still have this tree in my parents backyard, we have it in my in law's house and  had it in our house also, before we moved to US. During my childhood days we used this leaves as our pretend keerai poriyal. My mom would give us this kangi / porridge when we were sick, usually accompanied by a pickle or dry coconut chutney. This is a very simple but nutritious kangi, i was amazed to see it's nutritional values in wikipedia! It's in the end of this post, pls read it.  
drumstick leaves porridge
Healthy Kanji
4 - 6 handfuls           murungai leaves
1 tsp                         oil
1 tsp                         ginger garlic paste  
1 cup                        uncooked rice
1 tsp                         chilli powder
1/2 tsp                      cumin seeds 
1 tbs                         ground coconut (optional) 
1                              tomato - chopped    
1. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seed, fry for a few minutes and add ginger garlic paste and chilli powder, stir it well. Add murungai leaves and cook it till the leaves gets wilted, add the chopped tomato, fry till it becomes pasty remove from heat and keep it aside.
drumstic leaves
stir fry the leaves
2. In a pan boil 3-4 cups of water, add the rice and salt, reduce the flame and let it cook till the rice becomes soft, add the ground coconut.
murungai kangi
add murungai leaves to the rice....
3. Add the murungai leaf mixture with the rice and cook till its consistency becomes like a porridge.     
Murungai leaves....
  These leaves are loaded with goodness, all the nutritional facts are from wikipedia.

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NutrientsCommon foodMoringa Leaves
Vitamin ACarrot1.8 mg6.8 mg
CalciumMilk120 mg440 mg
PotassiumBanana88 mg259 mg
ProteinYogurt3.1 g6.7 g
Vitamin COrange30 mg220 mg
drumstick leaves
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotene, magnesium and protein, among other nutrients reported by the USDA, when compared with common foods particularly high in certain nutrients, fresh moringa leaves are considerable sources of these same nutrients. Some of the calcium in moringa leaves is bound as crystals of calcium oxalate which may inhibit calcium availability to the body. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach. In addition to being used fresh as a substitute for spinach, its leaves are commonly dried and crushed into a powder used in soups and sauces. It is important to remember that like most plants heating moringa above 140 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy some of the nutritional about this leaves in wikipedia
Drumstick leaves = malongai leaves = Munaga aku = Sargavo leaves = Murinna leaves = Sevaga leaves = Sohanjana leaves, these are some of the names for murungai keerai in other languages.

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