Moringa Recipes – 1001 ways to eat and cook
MORINGA LEAVES GULAY*
1 c. coconut milk diluted with 1 c. water
1 c. dried fish (boiled, flaked, and fried in 1 T. cooking fat)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
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1/8 tsp. salt
6 c. moringa leaves, washed and sorted
4 pieces chili peppers, crushed
Preparation: Boil coconut milk, dried fish, garlic and onion for 10 minutes. Season with salt, stirring the
mixture continuously. Add moringa leaves and crushed chili peppers. Cook 5 minutes longer. Serve hot.
Cut drumsticks into 1″-11/2″ long pieces. Heat oil in a pan and add the seasoning ingredients. When mustard seeds stop spluttering, put the chopped vegetables except tomato and saute’. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cover the pan and allow it to cook on a low flame. Keep stirring in between till done. Add chili powder and tamarind extract / chopped tomato. Cook for some more time. Serve hot with rice.
Wash and soak rice in just enough water. Grate coconut and grind it into not too fine a paste along with the red chilies and the soaked rice. Add salt and turmeric powder and dilute it by adding two to three cups of water. Cut drumsticks into 4 inch long pieces and cook them with a pinch of salt. Remove when done. Heat oil in a pan and add black gram, mustard seeds and chili pieces. When mustard stops crackling, put in the curry leaves and the liquid. Allow it to cook on a low flame, stirring all the time. Make sure that no lumps are formed. When done (check to see that the ground rice is cooked), add the cooked drumsticks and mix carefully so as not to mash the drumsticks. It goes well with rice.
Note: The contents should be well cooked. Test by tasting. Add more water if necessary and cook till properly done
Boil drumsticks in plenty of water. Remove.
Scrape out inside flesh carefully, with a blunt knife, or back of a spoon.
Cool, run in a mixie till smooth.
Toast whole gram lightly on griddle till light golden.
Powder gram in mixie till fine, keep aside.
Press out all excess water from salted onions.
Heat one tbsp. oil
Add grated garlic, ginger, chillies, onions.
Stir till onions are tender.
Add drumstick pulp, salt, garam masala, coriander leaves
Cool a little.
Add ground gram, crumbled bread, mix into a lump.
Make small oblong cutlets with mixture, roll in breadcrumbs.
Chill for 10 minutes, reroll in breadcrumbs.
Fry in hot oil, till crisp and golden.
Serve hot with sauce, tamarind chutney, or green chutney.
Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 15 cutlets
Shelflife: Unfried, refrigerated, 1 day . After frying, Best fresh
Heat oil, add cumin & mustard seeds, asafoetida
Allow to splutter.
Add ginger, onion, garlic, stirfry till oil separates.
Add drumsticks, stir, cover and simmer till halfdone, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato, curryleaves, coconut, stir
Cover and cook till drumsticks are almost done.
Add all dry masalas, sugar, salt, 1/4 cup water.
Cover and cook till drumsticks are tender to touch.
Pour into serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with thin phulkas, puris or steamed rice.
Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4-5 servings
Shelflife: Best fresh, refrigerated-2 days
Clean, scrape, cut into fingers size pieces
Boil drumstick pieces in 5 cups water, till tender.
Remove, drain, save water and keep aside.
Open fingers into vertical strips, usually 3 apiece.
Heat oil in a large heavy pan
Add cumin, mustard seeds, allow to splutter.
Add curryleaves, chillies, ginger, asafoetida, stir.
Add tomato, capsicum, drumsticks, stirfry for 2 minutes.
Add all dry masalas, salt and sugar to drained drumstick liquid.
Add gramflour, mix to a thin paste, adding more water if required.
Stir so no lumps are left.
Pour into simmering drumsticks, stir well till it starts boiling.
Cover, simmer till gravy becomes thick and bubbly.
When oil starts separating a bit, remove, pour into serving dish.
Garnish with coriander leaves, serve hot with parathas or phulkas.
Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 5 servings
Shleflife: Best fresh
Heat 1 tbsp. oil, fry ground paste till oil separates
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in another large pan.
Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, allow to splutter.
Add potato and drumsticks, stir, sprinkle a little water, cover to cook.
Sprinkle water frequently, stirring each time, to cook evenly.
When potatoes are soft to pressure
Add all dry masala powders, salt, tomato, onion.
Stirfry till onions turn soft.
Add ground paste, half cup water, stir and cook further 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle wheat flour, stir immediately to blend
Take off fire after a minute.
Pour into serving dish, garnish with chopped coriander.
Serve hot with rotis, phulkas, jowar or millet chappatis.
Making time: 45 minutes
Makes: 5 servings
Shelflife: 2 days
Chop, wash, drain drumstick leaves.
Heat half oil in a pressure cooker.
Add carrots, drained gram, beans, 1 chopped chilli
Stirfry for 2-3 minutes.
Add potatoes, leaves, ginger, stir, add two cups hot water.
Add turmeric, salt, mix well.
Put lid, cook for two whistles.
Cool cooker, remove lid.
Add salt and lemon juice to taste
Heat remaining oil in small pan, add seeds
Allow to splutter.
Add curry leaves, asafoetida, remaining chillies (halved)
Pour into while sizzling, into korma.
Stir gently, serve hot with jeera rice, or steamed rice.
Making time: 25 minutes
Makes: 3 servings
Shelflife: 1 day
Grind all ingredients together to a fine chutney.
Check salt and lemon juice to taste
Pour into dish.
Heat oil in a small pan.
Add dal, seeds, asafoetida, allow to splutter.
Add curryleaves, flowers, water
Pour into chutney while sizzling.
Stir gently, serve with any snacks, dosas, vadas, or as an accompaniment to meals.
Making time: 15 minutes
Makes: 2 cups chutney
Shelflife: 2 days refrigerated
Note: If phutana is not available, one may use for every 1/4 cup phutana, 1 tbsp. bengal gram, soaked for at least one hour.
Variation: One may use drumstick leaves in addition with the flowers, for taste and colour enhancement. One may also use red chillies instead of green.
Wash and put drumsticks to boil in 2 cups water.
Allow to cook covered in a pan till tender, then remove lid.
When almost all water has evaporated, empty and keep aside.
Put ground paste in same pan, cover with boiled drumsticks.
Sprinkle some salted water, cover and cook till steam is given out.
Stir gently, sprinkle some more water, cover and keep aside.
Heat oil in a small pan, add rice and mustard seeds.
Allow to splutter, add chillies and onions.
When onions are transparent, pour over drumstick mixture.
Simmer again, stirring gently, till all water is evaporated.
Serve hot with rice, chappati, etc.
Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Shelflife: 1 day
Cut drumstick lengthwise into two halves and take out the inside fleshy part with a spoon. Cut it into small pieces. Mix it with green chilli, garlic, onion, grated coconut, jeera, turmeric, curry leaves and salt. Mix well and keep it for 30 seconds.
Heat oil in a separate pan, splutter mustard and put the mixture into it and mix with oil. Cover it with a lid and cook it using low flame for 6 minutes. When it is cooked stir well again for 2 minutes and remove from the flame.
Cook mashed dhal. Tamarind to be kept soake in water for 10 mts. Take puree. Put mustard in 1 tsp oil and allow it to split. Add chopped onions green chillies, tomato, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and fry it for 2 seconds.
Add salt to taste. Allow it to boil for 10 mts Remove from fire and serve hot. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
2 T. shortening 1-1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. minced garlic 5 c. water
2 T. sliced onion 12 fresh shrimp, trimmed
1 T. ginger, cut into strips 2 c. moringa leaves, washed and sorted
1 T. fish sauce
Preparation: Saute garlic, onion and ginger in shortening, in large fry pan. Add fish sauce, salt and water.
Bring to a boil, and add shrimp. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer. Serve at once, Serves 6.
MUNG BEAN STEW
4 T. cooking fat 1/2 c. shrimp juice
1 tsp. minced garlic 1/2 c. pork broth
2 T. sliced onion 3 c. water
1/2 c. sliced tomatoes 4-1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sliced boiled pork dash of pepper
1/2 c. sliced shrimp 3 c. moringa leaves, washed and sorted
1 c. dried mung bean, boiled
Preparation: Saute garlic, onion and tomatoes in large fry pan. Add pork and shrimp. Cover and cook 3
minutes. Add mung bean, shrimp juice, pork broth and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Season with salt and
pepper, then add moringa leaves and cook 5 minutes longer. Serves 6.
1/2 c. dried pigeon pea or 2 large tomatoes, sliced
Congo pea boiled in 1 1 medium-size fish cut into slices and boiled
c. water 10 young okra, cut into 1” lengths
3 c. water 1/4 c. fish paste
2 c. cowpea or yard-long
bean cut into 2″ lengths
2 c. moringa leaves
1/2 medium onion, sliced
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Preparation: Add water to cooked pigeon pea or Congo pea in large saucepan. Boil, and add cowpea or yardlong
bean. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Add fish paste, onion, tomatoes, fish and okra. Cover and boil 2
minutes. Do not stir vegetables. Add moringa leaves, cover, and cook 5 minutes longer. Serve hot. Serves 6.
SAUTEED MORINGA PODS
2 c. fresh moringa pods 2-1/2 c. shrimp juice from pounded heads of shrimp
2 T. shortening 2 T. shrimp paste
1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. salt
2 T. sliced onion 1 c. fresh lima or butter bean seeds, peeled
1/2 c. sliced tomatoes 1 c. green cowpea or yard-long bean pods cut into 1-1/2″ lengths
1 c. boiled pork, diced
1/2 c. shrimp, shelled
and sliced lengthwise
Preparation: Cut moringa pods lengthwise into 4 pieces. Slice white pulp including tender seeds. Discard
outer covering. Cut pulp into 1-1/2 inch lengths. Saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes. Add pork and shrimp.
Cover, and cook 2 minutes. Add shrimp juice, and boil. Season with fish paste and salt. Add lima or butter
beans, and cook 3 minutes. Add moringa pulp and cowpea or yard-long bean. Cover, and cook 10 minutes.
1 c. rice 1/2 c. winged bean, blanched
1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, sliced thinly
3 T. oil 1 green pepper, sliced thinly
1 c. ground pork 1/2 c. pigeon or Congo pea seeds
3/4 c. tomatoes, chopped 1/2 c. moringa leaves
1 T. finely chopped celery 3 T. fish sauce
1/2 c. small fresh-water
clams (no shell)
3 c. water (soup of boiled clams)
CORN WITH MORINGA LEAVES
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2 c. grated young corn 1 small sponge gourd (luffa)
2 cloves garlic 1 c. moringa
1 head onion 1-1/2 Accent or MSG
3 c. water salt to taste
Preparation: Saute garlic and onion in medium fry pan. Add water and let it boil. Then add the corn, stirring
often to avoid burning. When cooked, add the gourd and moringa.
MIXED VEGETABLE EMBOTIDO*
1-1/2 c pigeon or Congo peas, 1 c. meat from unripe coconut
boiled and mashed 1 red pepper
1 c. moringa leaves or fruit 1 green pepper
1 c. squash, grated 3 beaten eggs
1-1/2 c carrots, grated 1 onion, chopped
4 T. margarine 1/2 c. winged beans
1 head garlic, chopped pepper and salt to taste
Preparation: Mix all ingredients above. Wrap in plastic bags, and tie both ends. Steam for 45 minutes.
SAUTED PIGEON PEA OR CONGO PEA, PAPAYA, MORINGA AND WINGED BEAN WITH LIVER
1-1/4 c. pigeon or Congo peas 1/2 c. liver
3 quarts water 3 T. salt
3/4 c. cooking oil 2 c. water
4 segments garlic 1-3/4 c. winged bean
1-1/4 c. tomatoes 2 c. moringa leaves
Preparation: Boil peas until cooked. Set aside. Saute garlic, onion and tomatoes. Add liver. Cover and cook
until liver is tender. Season. Add water. Add winged bean and papaya. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Add
cooked peas and moringa leaves. Serve hot.
PIGEON PEA OR CONGO PEA WITH PORK AND BANANA BLOSSOM
1 c. peas 1 c. winged bean
1 pc banana blossom 1/2 moringa leaves
1 leg pork ginger
1 c. roselle salt to taste
Preparation: Brown pork. Remove from heat, and cut into cubes about 2 inches in size. Boil peas and pork leg
until tender. Add ginger and salt to taste. Add banana blossoms and winged beans. When tender, add roselle
CHICKEN WITH PIGEON OR CONGO PEA, PAPAYA, MORINGA AND WINGED BEAN
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1 medium size chicken 1 onion
1-1/2 c. boiled pigeon or Congo pea 1 tomato
2 pcs green medium size papaya 3 cloves garlic
1 c. winged beans salt or Accent to taste
1 c. moringa leaves
Preparation: Saute garlic, onion and tomato. Add sliced chicken, boiled peas, and boil for 20 minutes. Then
add papaya and winged beans, and boil another 10 minutes. Add Accent and salt to taste. Put in moringa
leaves before removing from heat. Serve hot.
PIGEON PEA OR CONGO PEA, PAPAYA, MORINGA AND WINGED BEAN HAMBURGER
1 c. boiled peas, mashed 1/2 c. papaya, chopped
1/2 c. string beans,chopped 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. moringa 2 eggs
1 big sized onion,chopped 2 segments garlic
oil to fry; salt to taste
Preparation: Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add mashed peas, papaya, winged beans, and set aside. Beat
eggs and add flour. Add moringa leaves to sauted ingredients, and mix with beaten eggs.
POCHERO A LA BERDING GULAY
1 c. peeled & sliced unripe papaya 3 stems green onions
1 c. moringa leaves 1 small pc ginger (thinly sliced)
1 c. green beans or winged beans 1 T. cooking oil
3 pcs ripe tomato 5 black pepper, whole
3 pcs ripe banana 3 c. water
1 c. dried minnow salt to taste
1 clove garlic
Preparation: Saute the garlic and ginger in cooking oil until slightly brown. Add the water and bring to a boil.
Add the banana, beans and black pepper. Cover, and continue to boil. When half-done add the sliced papaya,
dried minnow, tomatoes, green onions, and salt to taste. Lastly, add the moringa leaves. Remove from heat
when done, and serve while hot. Serves 8.
1/2 c. moringa leaves 3 eggs, beaten
1 c. winged bean pods, 3 pcs tomato, sliced
finely chopped 1/2 c. shredded papaya
3/4 c. shredded squash 1/2 c. onion, sliced
1/2 c. powdered mung bean 5 segments garlic
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1/4 c. powdered dried minnow Salt & pepper to taste
Preparation: Mix moringa pods, leaves, shredded papaya, squash, powdered dried minnow, powdered mung
bean, tomatoes, beaten eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Place one piece of 5 x 5 banana leaf on a
plate, and pour the mixture on it. Then deep fry in oil until golden brown. Garnish with sliced tomatoes, onions
and calamansi*. Serves 8.
PIGEON OR CONGO PEA, PAPAYA, MORINGA, WINGED BEAN CHICKEN GUINAT-AN*
3 pcs tomato 8 pcs winged bean
1 small papaya 1 c. coconut milk
1 c. boiled pigeon or Congo pea 1 c. palm heart
2-1/2 c. sliced chicken 3 pcs garlic
1 c. moringa leaves 1 small ginger
3 c. water 1 onion
Salt to taste
Preparation: Saute garlic, onions, tomato and ginger in hot oil. Add the sliced chicken and boil with salt. Then
add the water, and boil until the chicken is done. Add the papaya, palm heart, winged beans and pigeon or
Congo pea. Lastly, add the moringa and coconut milk. Season to taste.
1 c. pure coconut milk 1 small pc ginger
1/3 c. pure coconut milk reserve 3 pcs bell pepper, green & red, quartered
5 pcs fish, preferably tilapia 1/2 c. moringa leaves
1 onion bulb, sliced 1-2 T. cooking oil
1 head garlic, crushed 1 t. crushed black pepper
3 tomatoes, quartered 1/2 c. pigeon or Congo peas
8-10 winged beans or string 1 c. cubed yellow sweet potato
Preparation: Saute garlic in oil until brown. Add onion. Transfer to unglazed cooking pot, then add 1 c. pure
coconut milk, winged beans, pigeon or Congo peas, yellow sweet potato, fish, and ginger. Let it boil until halfdone.
Add bell peppers and tomatoes. Season with salt and crushed pepper. Add the rest of the coconut milk
and moringa. Boil for 5 minutes, and serve.
1 c. sliced papaya 4 c. water
1 c. moringa leaves 1 tsp. salt
1 c. winged beans ginger and seasoning to taste
1 c. pigeon or Congo peas
Preparation: Wash peas and papaya (which have been sliced into elongated pieces). Remove young moringa
leaves from stems, and place in a cup. Slice winged beans to desired size, and wash. Pare ginger, and pound.
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Place all ingredients in a casserole accordingly. Cook for 15 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Serve
hot. Serves 4.
SAUTED YOUNG PIGEON OR CONGO PEAS
2 c. dried minnow 2 T. oil
2 c. moringa leaves 2 tsp. soy sauce
1 c. young pigeon or Congo peas 1 medium size onion
1/2 c. sliced tomato 3 cloves garlic
1 c. sliced squash salt to taste
Preparation: Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add fish, squash and peas, and cover. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add moringa leaves, and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot.
1 c. pigeon or Congo peas, boiled 1 T. fish paste or
1 c. green papaya, sliced into salted fish
small pieces 1 pc ginger
1 c. moringa leaves 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 c. winged beans, sliced into strips
1 c. roasted walking catfish or mullet
Preparation: Boil 2 c. water in a casserole. Add the fish paste, ginger, and roasted fish for 15 minutes. Then
add the previously boiled peas, green papaya, and winged beans. Cook until tender. Add the moringa leaves
last, and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add a pinch of Accent or salt to taste. Serve hot. Serves 4.
PINAMILIT NA “HALUWAN” (DALAG)*
1 c. tilapia (roasted fish) 1 onion
4 c. coconut milk 1 small ginger
2 c. water 1 pc papaya
1 c. moringa leaves black pepper to taste
Preparation: Boil the coconut milk with water. After boiling, mix the fish with the spices for 5 minutes. Add
the papaya and let it boil for 5 minutes, then add the moringa leaves. Cook for 5 minutes more. Remove from
heat. Serve hot. Serves 4.
1/2 c. coconut milk, dilute 1/2 c. shrimp paste
1 c. dried shrimp 2 pcs green pepper,
1/2 papaya, unripe, cut into strips (cut into strips)
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3 c. moringa leaves 1 segment garlic & onion, minced
Preparation: Boil coconut milk, shrimp, garlic, and onions for 10 minutes. Season with shrimp paste, and
continue stirring. Add cooked peas, papaya, green pepper, and moringa leaves. Cook 5 minutes longer. Serve
hot. Serves 6.
MSG or Accent
Preparation: Wash rice and soak in small bowl for 1 hour, then drain. Fry onion in cooking oil until tender, but
not brown. Set aside. Fry pork and add tomatoes and fish sauce. Add 3 c. soup of boiled clams. When boiling,
stir in rice slowly on low fire. When rice is half cooked add the other ingredients. Cover tightly and cook
slowly. Serve hot with sliced papaya. Seves 6.