How to make Moringa Powder at Home

How to make Moringa Powder at Home

How to make Moringa Powder at Home

A  couple of years ago a friend gave me homemade Moringa powder and I used it diligently. Once I finished that  I bought a small pot of Moringa Powder in the supermarket and the exorbitant price pinched my pocket. Then I decided that I was going to make Moringa Powder at home. I didn’t even have a tree!! I got the seeds and there were two saplings. They grew fast but one tree just fell when there was a wild wind and rain one night. I tried to resurrect it but failed. Now I have a tall tree which needs trimming and I have made lots of powder which I am going to use myself and share with family and friends.

Moringa, the “miracle tree”

Drumsticks which are the fruit of the Moringa tree have been a part of my life since I can remember. Sambar in the south is incomplete without drumsticks or Mullakada/Mullakaya as we call it here in the native language. If you’re not familiar with the Moringa, it is now known as the “miracle tree” because of its varied nutritional, medicinal, and purifying properties. After Kale, Moringa has got the catchphrase also called a “super food” because of its remarkable potential to mend your health and eradicate hunger around the world.

Moringa Powder, a “Super Food”

Full of a high amount of protein, it is a major source of vitamins and minerals. The leaves of the Moringa tree are said to comprise of 18 amino acids, 8 of which are chiefly amino acids, making them a “comprehensive” protein. In the plant world, this is a rare find. Additionally, it is chockfull of phytonutrients and disease combatting antioxidants.

The Moringa Tree

It is a perennial, drought resilient and can flourish in any soil. It is a very low maintenance tree with high output. As it is easy to grow, dry and powdered at home you will wonder why you are not growing it at home.

Moringa powder can be used to make tea, easily mixed into any recipe like dal, curries to add a punch of nutrition. Moringa is awesome and I add the powder to my glass of Moringa Masala Buttermilk every day!

How to make Moringa Powder at Home

Method

  • Keep cutting your Moringa tree down to size to make it bushier. It becomes easier to harvest.
  • Collect all of the branches into a pile. Tie them together at their base and hang them. Keep them in the shade not out in the sun!
  • Spray the branches with water to get any dust off. And let the leaves dry a bit.
  • Pluck the leaves off the stalks and spread the dried Moringa leaves on a sheet. If there are any small stalks remaining it is easy to separate them once the leaves are totally dry.
  • Allow the leaves to dry in a well-ventilated room Do not dry the leaves in direct sunlight as it will reduce the nutrient content. Leave the leaves to dry for at least 2 days. When the leaves are crunchy to touch they are ready to be blended.
  • Separate the tiny stalks from the dried leaves as the stalks are quite bitter.
  • Place the leaves in blender or grinder until the leaves are a smooth powder. If you think the consistency is not soft then sieve the powder.
  • My powder is really very smooth and I didn’t have to strain it. The Moringa powder is a divine Olive green colour even after drying the leaves.
  • Store your precious Moringa powder in a Mason jar in a cool dark spot. Drink it as tea or add it to any of your recipes but not too much as the Moringa has a distinct taste and flavour which is not like by everyone.

Tips

Spray the leaves while on the branch as it is easier that way.

Remove the small sticks in the mix and it will make for a smoother powder.

The stalks can make the powder bitter so discard them.

 


How to make Moringa Powder at Home
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Harjeet Kaur
jeetjinder@gmail.com

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

6 Comments
  • manjeet kaur nanda
    Posted at 09:49h, 30 November Reply

    color looks very good.

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 18:56h, 30 November Reply

      Yes Manjeet…looking at the leaves I didn’t think I cud get that colour. The store-bought one was this colour only.When u come here will make u some.

  • Smita Ekbote
    Posted at 14:11h, 30 November Reply

    Very useful information Thanks

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 18:55h, 30 November Reply

      Thank u for stopping by and for the appreciation

  • Y . Madhavi
    Posted at 06:34h, 01 December Reply

    Harjeet …..i started using the leaves recently by making them into a paste and using it in rasam etc …i think dried leaves powder is much easier to use . Thank you .

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 23:11h, 01 December Reply

      Yes, Madhu the powder is easier and not as bitter as the paste.

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