Coconut Indian Kerala Moringa Vegetarian

Kerala Style Moringa & Coconut Stir Fry | Healthy Vegetarian Dish


Moringa, an Indian super vegetable…

Moringa is a popular vegetable in South India, that’s consumed for its medicinal properties. Moringa has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat various ailments. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Some studies suggest that Moringa extracts may help lower blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and support overall well-being.

The leaves, the moringa stick & the flowers are edible & a variety of dishes can be prepared. Drumstick or moringa sticks are added to fish & vegetable curries, stir-fried with coconut.

In North America, frozen moringa sticks are available in Indian stores. One of the dishes that I often make with moringa is Kerala-style stir fry with coconut, a very simple yet nutritious & delicious dish.

This is served as a side dish along with rice or chapati.

Kerala Style Moringa & Coconut Stir Fry | Healthy Vegetarian Dish
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
  • Coconut oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies, halved- 2
  • Curry leaves- 10 leaves
  • Shallots, chopped- 3 large shallots or 6 small/pearl onions
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Moringa sticks or drumsticks- 20, cut into 3-inch slice
  • Grated coconut- ½ cup
  • Chili powder- ½ to 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  1. I cooked this in a clay pan. Or use a regular saucepan.
  2. if using frozen moringa sticks, take them in a strainer & rinse in water.
  3. If using fresh moringa, cut into 3-inch slices long.
  4. Place a clay pan over medium heat, add oil let turn hot.
  5. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  6. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  7. Add chopped shallots, season with ½ tsp salt (Or add 6 chopped small or pearl onions).
  8. Saute till shallots turn golden in color.
  9. Add moringa or drumsticks, combine well.
  10. Add ¼ cup water & cook covered till moringa turns soft. Don't overcook them.
  11. Add grated coconut, combine well.
  12. Add chili powder, turmeric powder & ½ tsp salt, combine well.
  13. Stir fry over high heat till coconut turns golden brown in color.
  14. Take the pan off the heat & keep it covered.
  15. Enjoy as a side dish along with rice or chapati.



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