Sojne Phul Tarkari - Moringa Oleifera Flower Curry
Sojne Phul Tarkari - Moringa Oleifera Flower CurryIn our childhood days gatherings and preparing dishes from items of the wild or of the neighborhood garden was a regular day activity, which when defined is not so unsophisticated like nowadays. Now we prefer food found in the local market rather than grown or collected. I still remember during summer holidays how we quietly did shake the sojne trees and collect handful of flowers. Truly speaking for me growing veggies [without soil] in own kitchen garden is more interesting than snatching from other's. I have had a lifetime passion and patience for this.
Moringa Oleifera flower is slightly bitter in taste than its fruit. I generally cook any bitter dish with combination of sweet vegetables. This traditional recipe can be cooked both with brinjal or sweet pumpkin. I prefer pumpkin.
Ingredients:Cubed sweet pumpkin: 2 cups, Sojne Phul/Moringa Oleifera flower: 1 cup, Salt and sugar: to taste, Turmeric: 1 tsp, Black mustard seeds: 1 tsp, Whole red chili: 1, Mustard oil: 2 tsp,
- Take the flower on a colander, clean and wash with running water very well. Now take a bowl of clean water and soak the flower for 5 minutes. Now take the floated flowers from the top of the bowl and discard the water.
- Mix pumpkin, flower, turmeric, sugar and salt.
- Heat mustard oil in a pan, add tempering mustard seeds and red chili when seeds splutter add the seasoned vegetables and cover.
- After 5 minutes open the lid, stir gently and cook for another 5 minutes or until dry.
- Enjoy this traditional tasty healthy Bengali Moringa Oleifera flower recipe. Serve at the beginning of the lunch with rice or roti.