Friday, 4 January 2013

Murungai elai verumarisi adai

Murungai elai or Drumstick leaves or Moringa leaves are very rich sources of iron and vitamins. These leaves are also used in traditional medicines to cure a number of diseases. 
Nutritional analysis shows that these leaves are very high in protein and contain all of the essential amino acids, including two amino acids that are especially important for children's diets.

The only problem with murungai elai is that it is a time consuming task to remove the leaves alone for cooking. But definitely worth the effort.

Verumarisi in tamil means only rice. In this recipe we make a dosa batter with rice and make an adai. Hence the name.

Dosa rice - 250 grams
Drumstick leaves - 50 grams
salt - to taste
Oil - to grease


  • Soak the rice for about 4 hours.
  • Grind the rice into a fine paste by adding as little water as possible.
  • The rice batter should be very thick.
  • Add salt and the drumstick leaves. Mix well so that the leaves are spread evenly.
  • Heat a dosa tava. Grease with a little oil.
  • Take a handful of the batter. Place it on the tava. Pat it with hand and make a round adai.
  • The adai would be a thick one with about 0.5 cm thickness.
  • Dip your hand in water and pat the adai so as to avoid the heat.
  • Pour oil on the sides.
  • Cook the adai on both sides.

Serve hot with chutney of your choice. 
I served with puli inji.

To make the adai more interesting for kids, we can add little onion and carrots in the adai.

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