Jun 20, 2009

Drumstick leaves dosa ( Masingapathe polo in Konkani cuisine )

Here's the recipe of Cabbage Dosa ( Cabbage polo). The ingredients are the same as that of Cabbage Dosa but substitute drumstick leaves for shredded cabbage.

Another alternate is to steam the batter like idly and consume it hot with a dash of edible oil of one's choice. The steamed version is called "Undi" in Konkani. This Undi can be fried which is another delicacy. The alternates are endless with some adding Undi slices to make "Gassi".

These make excellent snacking options for afternoons / evenings.

Useful tip:

Separating individual leaf / petal from the leafy branch is a painful process. To make it easy, I am sharing a secret. Wrap the leafy branch in a news paper overnight. Next morning, one can easily separate the individual leaf.

Health benefits of drumstick leaves

The leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron and potassium. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach. In addition to being used fresh as a substitute for spinach, its leaves are commonly dried and crushed into a powder, and used in soups and sauces. Murungakai as it is locally known in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is used in Siddha medicine. Its leaves are full of medicinal properties. The tree is a good source for calcium and phosphorus. Also excellent natural remedy for hyper tension (high blood pressure). The leaves can also be consumed by adding it to Dal, by making poriyal of the leaves etc.

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