Moringa thalippu, a nutritious drumstick leaves soup

moringa thalippu

The lockdown days have significantly altered the eating habits of people. Instead of fast food or processed food, we have turned to our own backyards to meet our food requirements.

From fresh jackfruits, mangoes, and tapiocas to yams and other organic produce, many are experimenting with these local ingredients to cook delicious and healthy dishes. Moreover, the chief minister of Kerala and the agriculture minister too encourage people to achieve self-sufficiency by growing one's own vegetables.

Moringa or drumstick is a local ingredient that is abundantly available in the countryside. Delicious dishes like thoran (stir fry) and gravies can be made using drumstick and its leaves as well. Dal and moringa leaves thoran, jackfruit seed and drumstick curry and drumstick avial are some of the local dishes that have made a comeback to our dining tables.

Moringa thalippu or the soup made using drumstick leaves is a special preparation that is mostly made in the northern parts of the state. This delicious and extremely nutritious dish can be eaten as a side dish with rice or enjoyed as a hot soup. Check out the recipe of the moringa thalippu.

Drumstick leaves
4 shallots
2 cloves garlic
Green chillies
Rice water as required (preferably thick rice water)

Heat coconut oil and sauté the shallots and green chillies
Add salt as required
When the shallots are soft and translucent, pour in the rice water
Allow the rice water to boil 
When the rice water begins to bubble rapidly, add the drumstick leaves
Cook the leaves until they turn dark green in colour.

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