Thorans are delightfully delicious, simple and quick dishes from the South of India that can form part of a meal, or can be eaten just with rice. Today our recipe is for Drumstick Leaf (Moringa Leaf) Thoran. The recipe is the same as all thorans – a tadka, some onion perhaps, the vegetable and some coconut. Delicious.
Also try Moringa Leaf Dal.
Moringa Leaf Thoran | Drumstick Leaf Thoran
3 cups washed Drumstick Leaves
1 Tblspn coconut oil or ghee
1 tspn brown mustard seeds
0.5 tspn cumin seeds
2 Indian dry red chillies
10 – 12 curry leaves
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
pinch turmeric powder
0.25 cup grated coconut (use frozen or dried if fresh is not available)
Heat the ghee or oil in a kadhai, small wok or large saute pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Then add the dried chillies and cumin seeds. As the cumin seeds darken in colour, add the curry leaves and allow them to sizzle.
Add the onion, garlic and green chilli and saute until the onion is softened. Add the turmeric powder and mix well.
Add the drumstick leaves and a little water to moisten if necessary. Mix well, cover with a lid and allow to cook over gentle heat to steam the leaves until tender. Add a Tblspn water as necessary.
When they are tender, stir through the coconut. If using dried coconut, it may need a little more water as the coconut will absorb moisture. Season with sea salt and serve.