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Munagaku Pulihora / Moringa / Drumstick Leaves Rice

South Indian Style Rice recipe, which is Extremely Nutritious, Rich in Iron, High Fiber, Vegan, Gluten Free.
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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:10 mins   CookTime:15 mins   Cuisine: Indian

Munagaku pulihora / Drumstick leaves rice, is an extremely nutritious, high in IRON & FIBER recipe, yet at the same time filled with carbs too. 

It’s a South Indian tradition to prepare yellow rice recipes, with different flavours and this is also one such. Especially during festival times its a must & should recipe offered to the God, after the pooja / prayer. Hence, this is added to my list>> Traditional Indian Recipes for Festivals / Panduga Nayivedyalu

This recipe, is just my own makeover, which I made few times. All my family members loved it, so I keep this as a ‘once in a while’ treasured recipes for festive lunches.

Other Yellow Rice / Pulihora recipes on my blog:

As the Telugu New Year, UGADI, is just day-after tomorrow, thought of sharing this wonderful rice recipe from my festive collection. I had already tried it for Makara Sankranthi Visesha Bhojanam / Festive Lunch – 2019. Now, why don’t you try this traditional recipe for any of the coming festivals!?

Health Benefits of this recipe:

Moringa / Drumstick leaves give excellent merits to our health. Mainly these are very much suitable for diabetic diet and even for kidney patients. Highly nutritious, rich in iron, fiber and anti-oxidants. Suitable for Diabetic Diet and Anti-inflammation.

Lemon First & foremost Lemons / Limes are a rich source of Vitamin C. And they are always considered under weight loss food category. Improves digestive health and protests against anaemia.

Rice  is rich in starch and hence in carbohydrates too. Its GLUTEN FREE and provides fast and active energy. Brown rice is a whole grain, so its highly nutritious than white rice. White rice, has lower arsenic levels as the outer part is removed. (info from internet)

To conclude, this recipe is a one pot meal rich in Carbs, Iron, Fiber. It’s mainly useful for boosting the immunity with its high Vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.

My other Rice recipes collection⇒ Main Course

Festive Platters collection⇒ Vindhu Bhojanam / Festive Lunch

Traditional recipes collection⇒ Traditional Indian Recipes for Festivals / Panduga Nayivedyalu

Related Posts:

  1. Moringa/Drumstick Leaves Spice Powder/Munagaku Podi
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  3. Semiya Payasam / Kheer / Vermicelli-Milk Pudding

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Ingredients:

  • Rice (cooked) – With 1 cup of rice grains
  • Mungaku / Moringa / Drumstick leaves  – 1 cup
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – ¼ cup
  • Cooking Oil – 4 tablespoons
  • Dry Red Chillies – 5
  • Green Chillies – 6 (slit length wise)
  • Curry Leaves – 10
  • Salt – 2 teaspoons (or) as per taste

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds / Aavalu – ½ teaspoon
  • Chana dal / Split Yellow gram dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds – ½ teaspon
  • Hing / Inguva / Asafoetida – ¼ teaspoon
  • Pea Nuts / Pallilu  – 10 
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon

Special Ingredients:

  • Hing / Inguva / Asafoetida
  • Pea Nuts / Pallilu
  • Lemon Juice
munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice

Step wise pics procedure for Munagakaku Pulihora / Moringa Rice:

Munagaku / Moringa / Drumstick leaves separated from stem, washed and pat dried with kitchen towel.

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice


Put a frying pan on stovetop under medium flame. Add the oil, let it heat and then add all the items under ‘Ingredients for Tempering’.

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice

Fry the tempering items and then add the moringa / drumstick leaves, curry leaves, dry red chillies and slit green chillies.

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice

Saute them by stirring continuously, until the moringa / drumstick leaves change their colour and raw smell is gone. (2-3 mins)

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice

Transfer the content onto the rice. Add the fresh lemon juice and enough salt.

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice


Immediately, mix everything thoroughly but gently. Done!!

munagaku pulihora / drumstick leaves rice

Serve with chilled homemade curds / yogurt on the side.

Tips:

  • You can use any type of non-flavoured rice for this recipe, i.e. flavoured rice like Basmati is not much suitable. I used Sona Masoori rice.
  • Take care that the cooked rice is NOT sticky. Each grain needs to well separated.
  • If using freshly cooked rice, you can spread the rice over a plate, dry it completely and then use it.
  • Be careful, not to burn the tempering and leaves. Keep stirring continuously.
  • If you fry / sauté the leaves more they might turn bitter.
  • Adjust the salt and sour according to your taste.
  • Munagaku pulihora / Drumstick leaves rice, stays good even for 2 days at room temperature and can be stored in fridge for a week.

Result:

  • This, Munagaku pulihora / Drumstick leaves rice gives a new, pleasant aroma altogether.
  • The taste is definitely on par with Chinthapandu Pulihora / Tamarind Rice , with the sourness from lemon juice & crunchiness from the nuts.
  • It can be served with chilled curd/yogurt and with any chutney/dip on the side. Or can be eaten as it is.

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Munagaku Pulihora / Moringa Leaves Spicy Rice

VegCookBook by Praveena
Extremely Nutritious, Rich in Iron, High Fiber, Vegan, Gluten Free, South Indian Style Rice recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)

Ingredients
  

  • Rice (cooked) – With 1 cup of rice grains
  • 1 cup Mungaku / Moringa / Drumstick leaves
  • ¼ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 5 count Dry Red Chillies
  • 6 count Green Chillies (slit length wise)
  • 10 count Curry Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (or as per taste)

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds / Aavalu
  • 1 teaspoon Chana dal / Split Yellow gram dal
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Hing / Inguva / Asafoetida
  • 10 count Pea Nuts / Pallilu
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder

Instructions
 

  • Gently, separate the, Munagaku / Moringa / Drumstick, leaves from stem, wash and pat dry with kitchen towel.
  • Put a frying pan on stovetop under medium flame.
    Add the oil, let it heat and then add all the items under ‘Ingredients for Tempering’.
  • Fry the tempering items and then add the moringa / drumstick leaves, curry leaves, dry red chillies and slit green chillies.
  • Sauté them by stirring continuously, until the moringa / drumstick leaves change their colour and raw smell is gone. (takes 2-3 mins)
  • Transfer the content onto the rice.
    Add the fresh lemon juice and enough salt.
  • Immediately, mix everything thoroughly but gently. Done!!

Notes

Please see the MAIN POST for step wise PICS & recipe TIPS!

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