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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sajana Sagaa Bhaja ( Drumstick leaves Stir Fry)

Drumstick leaves are probably the healthiest variety of greens that one can consume. Rich in calcium, phosphorous and iron, they purify blood and act as a detox . They also aid in indigestion and cure stomach ulcers if consumed regularly.

Another beneficial property is to control or regulate the blood sugar levels. Diabetics need to consume these leaves either in raw form (juice) or as a simple stir fry 3-4 times a week to see the desired results.  So, here is a simple stir fry recipe that is commonly followed in Odisha. Read on -






















Preparation Time - 15 mins


Ingredients -


  • 2 cups drumstick leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 pinch mustard
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil ( i use mustard)


Preparation - Remove the leaves from the stem carefully inspecting them for any insects or insect eggs. The insects are usually tiny black ones while the eggs vary from pale green to white. Throw away such leaves.

Wash the leaves carefully in warm water to which a little salt has been added. Transfer to a colander and allow water to drain off.

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok. Once it gets smoking, add broken chili and mustard seeds.

Add the crushed garlic flakes and allow them to brown a bit before adding the leaves.

Stir fry for a few minutes on medium to high till excess water evaporates. Most tender leaves get cooked by this time but if the leaves are somewhat mature, then cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes so that they can get cooked.

Remove from wok and serve hot with white rice /rotis.





















Note - Drumstick leaves can also be prepared with moong dal and/or vegetables. 

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