Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Drumstick leaves / Munagaaku Rasam

There are lots of nutritional values in drumstick leaves. Drumstick leaves have Seven times more vitamin C than oranges to fight against many illnesses including cold and flu as it helps in congestion. and four times more vitamin A than in carrots to protect against our eye diseases, skin diseases, and heart diseases. It has four times more calcium than present in milk to build strong bones and teeth. It is three times more rich in potassium than bananas,which is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.

Few other benefits of Drumstick:
- The leaves have twice the amount of the protein than in milk and almost equal amounts of protein present in eggs.
- Medicinal uses
- The seeds are generally used to clean and purify dirty or hazy drinking water. It is pounded and wrapped in a muslin cloth, and dipped in jars or containers that has water in it.
-The bark of the drumstick plant contains a gum that is used for the treatment of various stomach ailments such as :---
- Seeds are found to be highly beneficial as they helps a person when there is loss of appetite, colic pain and flatulence ,it removes gas from our stomatch.
- A hot infusion of the leaves provides relief in the case of skin diseases.The same kind of infusion can be bought to use in fevers to reduce temperature.

Toor Daal – ½ cup
Drumstick leaves – 1 cup
Tomato – 2 large
Rasam powder (any variety)
Tamarind – ½ lemon size
For Seasoning
Oil – 1 tbsp
Garlic pods – 2 to 3
Mustard + Cumin – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Red Chili – 1 or 2

Drumstick leaves and toor daal
Wash and pressure cook / boil toor dall, drumstick leaves and tomatoes by adding pinch of turmeric. When the daal mixture is still hot add tamarind and salt and pulse it slightly or mash it with wooden masher. Heat a sauce pan with oil and do the seasonings by adding red chilli, pounded garlic pods, curry leaves, mustard and cumin. Add the daal mixture to the seasoning and add rasam powder and chopped coriander and bring the rasam to boil.

Munagaaku rasam
Serve warm with rice or can be served on its own as soup.

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