14 health benefits of Moringa the superfood for kids(recipes included)

14 health benefits of Moringa the superfood for kids(recipes included)

I remember in my childhood my mom always used to make Moringa leaves vegetable what we call it as Sojna dantar shag in Bengali. Sojna Danta is Moringa and Danta is its fruit which is Drumsticks.

So, in today’s article I present 10 health benefits of Moringa, the superfood, for kids and I have also included simple recipes also.

My mother used to use the leaves to prepare a dry vegetable and the fruit of it which is Drumsticks for preparing other semi gravy vegetables like Sojna Danta Posto diye (Drumsticks with poppy seeds) or simply add it in Dal.

As a child, I never knew the health benefits of it but simply used to eat it since it was tasty, up until recently I decided to add this superfood in my family’s meal plan as well.

Moringa leaves/Sajna Danta/Murungai or Drumstick tree

are some of its popular names. All parts of the plants including the leaves, fruits, flowers, bark, and seed are used and are super nutritious

The moringa or Sajna Danta leaves contain and retain essential vitamins and minerals which are essential for the growth of children.

Moringa is widely used in Asian countries including African countries.

Do you know that the leaves and the fruits are a superfood and are highly nutritious

  • 4 times the calcium of milk
  • 3 times the iron of spinach
  • 3 times the potassium of bananas
  • 7 times the vitamin C of oranges and Lemon
  • It is also high in magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Copper, Manganese, and Zinc.

The benefits of Moringa leaves and Drumsticks (Sajna Danta) helps as:

  • Immunity booster
  • Boost in energy level
  • Detoxify kidney and lever
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Excellent for memory and emotional well being of kids and adults
  • Rich in amino acids
  • High in Vitamin A which is good for eyes health
  • High in dietary fibre
  • Use of moringa powder helps heal wound, scars and rashes
  • Aids lactating mothers and improve quality and quantity of breast milk

You can introduce Moringa to your child once they are 1 year old. Moringa or drumsticks are slightly bitter in taste so I don’t recommend it to add to the baby porridge however once the baby starts solid food after 1 year of age you may include it in your child’s diet.

So let’s jump into the recipes.

Moringa leaves soup:

Moringa leaves soup

Ingredients

1 cup moringa leaves

2 tbsp Moong dal

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 small tomato chopped

1 small onion chopped

2 to 3 peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 cups water

1 tbsp corn starch

Salt to taste

1 tsp oil

Method:

In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds and peppercorn, then add crushed garlic, chopped tomato, fry

Add chopped onion, fry well

Add Dal, moringa leaves, and water

Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles

Once the pressure is released, with the help of a hand blender, blend the mixture.

Boil for few minutes and add the corn starch to make the soup thick.

Boil for another 2 minutes and your soup is ready.

Moringa Paratha:

Moringa Paratha

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup chopped moringa leaves

Salt to taste

1 tbsp garam masala powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chili paste

1 tbsp Besan (gram flour)

1 tbsp oil

Ghee for frying the paratha

Method:

In a deep bowl, add whole wheat flour, Besan, chopped moringa leaves, garam masala, turmeric powder, chili paste, salt, and oil.

Mix well and make a soft dough

Make equal portions of the dough

Roll the dough to a round roti and fry on a hot skillet till the paratha is done

Apply ghee to the hot paratha and serve Serve with curd or pickle

Moringa leaves dry vegetable – Sojna Danta Shag:

Moringa leaves dry vegetable – Sojna Danta Shag

Ingredients:

2 cups moringa leaves

3 tbsp moong dal

1 cup chopped onions

3 to 4 cloves garlic

1 inch chopped ginger

1 sprig of curry leaves

 1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder(optional)

1 tsp mustard seeds

Salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

Method:

Wash and soak moong dal for 30 minutes and pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles

Once the pressure is released, remove the dal and keep it aside in another bowl

In a wok, add oil, add mustard seed, once the mustard seeds start spluttering, add crushed cloves, ginger, and onion and fry till the onion are translucent.

Then add the boiled dal, turmeric powder, chili powder, and the moringa leaves

Add salt and fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

Sprinkle water and close the lid and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or till the leaves are cooked well.

Drumsticks with Dal

Drumsticks with Dal

Ingredients:

½ cup Tuvar dal or Moong dal

1 or 2 Drum sticks

1 tsp turmeric powder

¼ cup chopped onions

¼ cup tomatoes

1 sprig of curry leaves

1 small green chili

2 to 3 cloves chopped

1-inch garlic chopped

Salt to taste

Hing 2 gms

¼ tsp mustard seeds

¼ tsp cumin seeds

2 cups water

Method:

Wash and soak the dal for 1 hour

In the pressure cooker, add the dal and the drum sticks and pressure cook for 4 whistles

Once the pressure releases, in another wok or kadhai, heat oil

Add Hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds, cloves, and ginger.

Add the green chili, chopped onion, and tomatoes, fry well.

Add the cooked dal, turmeric powder, and salt to taste.

Boil for 5 minutes and your delicious Dal with drum sticks is ready.

Read my other blogs on 3 kids friendly recipe to use Methi as a part of your meal plan

What can moringa cure?

Moringa leaves and Moringa fruit Drumsticks helps in treating anemia, arthiritis, other joint pains, asthma, cancer, constipation and other health related issues.

What does moringa does for your body?

Moringa contains essential vitamins, minerals. The leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal and build muscle

Can I boil and drink moringa leaves?

Moringa leaves cannot be eaten raw. its leaves needs to be boiled first till it is tender and then can be used for any vegetable.

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