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Murungai keerai Rice Recipe - Drumstick Leaves Rice Recipe - Moringa leaf Pilaf Recipe - Rice recipe - One pot meal

In recent days our own Murungai keerai has become a super food. I see Moringa seeds everywhere and it is quite expensive. Most of the time I do Poriyal with Murungai keerai. It tastes good only with loads of Small onion however these days my son doesn't eat onion so I needed to find some other recipe to incorporate this super food. I have tried couple of variations so stay tuned for more recipe. In this post I will share the recipe for Pilaf / Pulav. In this I have used 1.5 teaspoon of Poppy seeds. It really enhanced the taste of the rice and recently I have read few articles about the nutritional value of Poppy seeds. But you don't have it or want to avoid it you can leave it. 


Moringa Leaves / Murungai keerai / drumstick Leaves - 2 cups
Garlic - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Oil / Ghee - 2 teaspoon (you can add 1 teaspoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of ghee)
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Bastmati rice - 1.5 cup
Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Clove - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 2
Salt to taste
Rose water -1 tablespoon

For Masala

Poppy seeds - 1.5 teaspoon
Melon seeds - 1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 4 (Finely chopped)
Fennel seeds / Sombu - 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger - 1 inch (finely chopped)
Coconut - 1/2 cup


Soak Poppy seeds, Melon seeds, Fennel seeds for 2 hrs. Grind it with Coconut, Green chillies, ginger to smooth paste.
Wash bastmati and soak for 10 mins. Drain it and keep it aside
Heat pan with oil/ Ghee. Add Cinnamon, clove, bay leaf, cardamon and fry till nice aroma releases. Add grinded paste and fry for a min or 2. Add garlic and fry for a min or 2.
 Add washed moringa leaves and fry for a min. Add rice and mix well. 
Add 3 cup of water, Rose water and required salt. Cook it with lid closed.
Add coriander leaves mix well. 
Serve hot

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  1. Very unique and interesting recipe!! Nice video :)

  2. We always make curry or stir fry with murunga leaves, but not rice... this is an interesting idea...

  3. Very different rice and liking all those flavors, would love to try this soon..


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