Almost all tamil television channels have this one program as their staple in their morning set of programs, which is the know-how of foods that can be used as medicine. In this program, they talk about the medicinal benefits of vegetables / fruits / grains / roots / plants and how to make concoctions or potions with those things and how they can help us to feel better.
In this program, I had watched the medicinal benefits of drumstick (murungakkai) and how it helps in relieving the pains of the leg and knee. The tender drumsticks need to be boiled in water with a pinch of salt and cumin seeds. These drumsticks need to be eaten along with the skin. The skin should not be discarded as we normally do as this skin holds all the medicinal benefits for relief from leg / knee pain.
I sat watching this program and suddenly remembered my thatha, who used to crush those drumsticks served in sambar, like the machines that suck the juice out of sugarcane. We have smiled and joked among us at the way he attacked the drumsticks; now we realize how much he was benefiting from that drumstick attack. 😀
Also, drumstick leaves and flowers are exceptionally good in the treatment of pain in the leg or knee. Its amazing that the nature has given us all the goodness of taste with great medicinal benefits in the simplest of vegetables that we eat.
Here is the recipe of Murungakeerai soup (drumstick leaves soup) made in the most simplest and easiest way! It is delicious and at the same time is loaded with medicinal properties.
Ingredients for the soup: (to serve one person)
Murungakeerai (drumstick leaves) – 1 handful, cleaned and washed
Onion – half an onion cut into cubes or use 3 shallots
Tomato – 1 tomato cut into cubes
Garlic – 2 pods
Pepper – 1/2tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2tsp
Take a vessel and add the washed drumstick leaves, onion, tomato, garlic, pepper, jeera and add half a glass of water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
Then, take it out of the cooker. Blend it. Add salt to taste. Bring it to a boil and switch off. Pour in a cup or a soup bowl to serve. Add a pinch of butter to make it more delicious.
So, are you ready to get relief from knee / leg pain? Just head over to your nearest drumstick tree or the supermarket for a bunch of drumstick leaves.