Introduction: Murunga Flowers Stir Fry

The fruits, leaves and flowers of Drumstick tree, otherwise known as "Moringa oleifera" can be used in cooking healthy and delicious dishes in the kitchen.

Here is a simple recipe to make a stir fry from the flowers of Drumstick tree.

Step 1: Harvest the Flowers

During flowering season, you can find lots of flowers in bunches on the tree. Most of them do not turn into fruits.

  • Harvest a handful of fresh flowers
  • Remove the stems and wash the flowers in clean water.
  • Drain out the water as keep the flowers aside

Step 2: Ingredients

  • One medium sized onion cleaned and chopped
  • Grated coconut from 1/4th of a fresh coconut

Step 3: Preparation

  • Place a frying pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • Add a teaspoon of mustard seeds and one or two red chilies broken into pieces to the hot oil
  • Add the chopped onions and cook till golden brown

Step 4: Add Murunga Flowers

  • Now add the cleaned Murunga flowers to the pan and mix well with the onions
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Cover the pan and cook over medium flame for about 8 to 10 minutes

Step 5: Add Grated Coconut

  • Remove the cover and add grated coconut to the cooked flowers
  • Mix well and remove from stove.

Stir fried Murunga flowers are ready. You can use it as a normal vegetable with rice, chapati and bread.

Comments

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rashantha (author)2016-07-26

Looks fantastic. Is Murunga easy to grow? Did you grow it from seeds?

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antoniraj (author)rashantha2016-07-27

thank you... Murunga tree is very easy to grow and does not require any care. Most of the houses in South India have one tree in their backyard.

Growing from seeds take very long to flower. The flowering and fruiting is seasonal. After the fruiting season is over we prune most of the branches. Just plant a 4 to 5 feet long branch in the backyard, it will grow into a new tree in a very short time.

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rashantha (author)antoniraj2016-07-27

Wish I could find the plant in the U.S.

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antoniraj (author)rashantha2016-07-27

This plant grows in the US also. Hope you will find one soon...

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artworker (author)2016-07-26

I can vouch for it! We make the same with a Bengal touch. It is super tasty with steamed rice. Bad that it is seasonal!

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antoniraj (author)artworker2016-07-27

thank you artworker... yes it is seasonal and will end shortly.

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