Moringa Leaves Pulao

Moringa leaves is commonly known as drumstick leaves.
Drumstick leaves are very rich in iron, calcium and potassium. It’s is highly recommended as a diet supplement for people suffering from iron deficiency anaemia.

The power of reducing the sugar level in the blood is possessed by drumstick leaves.

Hair loss, grey hair, tiredness, eye related diseases are the symptoms of body heat. These symptoms are controlled and helps to get strong and healthy hair, if drumstick leaves are added. The juice of drumstick leaves reduces body heat.

The side effects caused by tablets are efficiently prevented when a person intake drumstick leaves in their food. The swelling in hand and legs are prevented. Constipation is prevented with the help of these leaves.

This is my mom’s recipe. Last week I had gone to my parents house and my mom very eagerly asked me to taste this rice. It tasted really awesome.

When she told me that that it was drumstick leaves rice, I was quite impressed.

I took the recipe from her( it’s her own recipe), made some changes to suit my family’s requirements:)

It has really come out well. And I was very happy that my kids enjoyed it too:)


Basmati rice – 1 cup

Moringa leaves – 2 cups

Onions – 2

Oil – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Butter – 1 tbsp

Cumin powder( jeera) – 2 tsps

Pepper powder- 1 tsp

Dry mango powder ( amchur) – 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp

Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste


Wash and soak basmati rice for 15-20 mins.

Drain and keep it aside.

Wash the Moringa leaves well.

Heat a pan. Add 1/4th cup water and the washed leaves. Cook till the leaves becomes soft and dry.

Peel and wash the onions. Chop one onion finely and slice the other one thinly.

Heat butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When it start spluttering, add the chopped onions. Sauté till it turns pink. Add the drained basmati rice and the cooked Moringa leaves. Mix well and sauté for few seconds.

Now,add the cumin powder, pepper powder, dry mango powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Mix well and sauté for few mins.

Add 2 cups of water, mix well and check for seasonings. When the water starts boiling, reduce the flame, close the pan with a lid and cook till rice becomes soft and dry. Once cooked, fluff the rice gently and keep it closed.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the sliced onions and very little salt and sauté till the onions turn golden brown.

Garnish rice with browned onions and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with dal / raita.

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