Dry Drumstick Leaves (Moringa) Tea | Making of Dry Drumstick Leaves | Stress-Relieving, Immunity-boosting, Nutrient-Packed Morning Drink

It's a pure BLISS waking early up in the morning, reading some soulful books and writing blog posts with this Stress-relieving Power-packed Moringa Tea in hands. A whole year has passed by after I got switched from Green tea to this nutrient-packed Moringa Tea. Yup! This post was originally posted on November 25, 2019, which I'm updating now with the video.

Drying the greeny leaves increases its shelf life while preserving nutrients. Drying the drumstick leaves helps retain the nutrients prolonging the shelf life of the leaves. Yes, dried drumstick leaves keep good for more than 6 months if the leaves are dried and handled properly.
If fresh drumstick leaves are available in your place, great way to go, use fresh leaves instead of dry leaves. If you live in difficult to see the moringa tree area, please do dehydrate the leaves either in sun or shade after washing them properly and grind them into a coarse or fine handy powder. My mom used to do this for me. Dehydrated moringa leaves can be hydrated again and could be used in varieties of foods like soups, salads, dosa, vada and many more dishes than we could imagine.
Can I use fresh drumstick leaves to brew-up the Moringa Tea?
  • Yes, you can!
  • But, the earthy flavour of the fresh drumstick leaves would be a little bit intense and overpowering than the dried ones.
How to dry the fresh drumstick leaves?
Paper Bagging:
  • The easy method is to keep the leaves inside the paper bag and hang it near the sunny window until they get completely dried.
  • Shake the bag at least once in a day to get them dried properly.
Spreading in a cloth:
  • The leaves can either be dried under the sun or shade after spreading them over a clean cloth.
  • We follow drying them under the shade until they get crisp.
  • Wipe the leaves thoroughly before drying and spread them all over the thin cotton cloth. Do cover the leaves with another thin cloth to prevent from dust.
  • Mix them with the hands at least once in a day so that no leaves stick to each other.
  • Once dried completely, powder them or store as dried leaves in a dry air-tight container.
Hanging Upside down:
  • After washing, hang the leaves upside down with the stems clutched on top in an enclosed place.
  • Once dried, transfer to a jar.
Drumstick leaves are truly a nutrient pool filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and essential vitamins & minerals. Happy to list some of the health benefits of Moringa leaves here:
  • It helps to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol
  • It helps to improve haemoglobin level
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It acts as a great stress-relieving agent 
  • It helps treat cancer
  • It boosts up the Immunity level
  • It stimulates hair growth
So, this refreshing tea would obviously be a diabetes-friendly, adult-friendly and kid-friendly morning drink. As we dry only the leaves, it is completely safe for the pregnant ladies and the lactating mothers. Trust me, the dried drumstick leaves would not be very earthy in taste as you think. The unique flavour of the dried drumstick leaves would not be overpowering and it marries well the flavour combo of ginger and lemon. The lemon peel added to the tea lifts the taste by adding a lemony punch to the tea.
Some Variations to the Dry Drumstick Leaves Tea:
  • The mint leaves when added with the tea would be very refreshing.
  • The ginger root is the irresistible combination which I prefer to add usually.
  • The lemongrass is yet another additive adding lemony punch to the tea.
  • The cinnamon could also be added which makes the Moringa Tea adorably flavoursome.
 Okay, the information part is over now. Let us jump to the preparation part.

⏲ Preparation time: 2 minutes
⏲ Cooking time: 5 minutes
🥂Servings: 3 cups

Dry Drumstick Leaves Tea

A stress-relieving, nutrient-packed, healthy morning drink prepared with dry drumstick leaves, lemon and honey.

What to Use?
  • Dry Drumstick Leaves - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (optional)
  • Lemon - a half piece
  • Honey - 3 tbsp (1 tbsp for each cup)
Steps Involved:    
  • Clean and wash the fresh drumstick leaves.
  • Spread the leaves over the cloth and let the fresh drumstick leaves dry in the shade until they become crisp.
  • Store the dried drumstick leaves in an airtight container as it is. Else, you could grind them into a fine or coarse powder and store.
  • Take 3 cups of water in a pan.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of dry drumstick leaves to the water.
  • Let the water boils for about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the grated ginger which is optional.
  • Squeeze juice of half a lemon into the boiling tea.
  • Add in the lemon skin as well.
  • Turn off the flame immediately.
  • Filter the tea, add honey and serve hot.
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Step-by-Step Procedure with Pictures

How to Make? 

 To Make Dry Drumstick Leaves: 

  • Take some freshly plucked drumstick leaves. I take fresh Moringa leaves from my home garden.
  • Segregate leaves from the stem and rinse them thoroughly with water. Wipe the water completely and spread them over a clean cloth. Let them dry in the shade for a few days until they get crisp. You could cover the leaves with another thin cloth to get rid of the dust. Usually, they would be ready within a week. The days it takes to dry the leaves depends solely on the weather.
  • Once dried completely, they will turn crispy like this.
  • Store them in an air-tight container. You could finely powder them, coarsely powder them or store as it is without powdering them. As it keeps good for more than 6 months if handled with moisture-free hands, we can use it in as many dishes as we want.

Making Dry Drumstick Leaves Tea:

  • Take 3 cups of water in a pan. 
  • Add 3 tablespoons of dry drumstick leaves to the water.
  • Boil the water for about 3 minutes so that the decoction of the leaves seep out into the boiling water.
  • Add in the grated ginger to the boiling tea. Though this is optional, I suggest adding it for the best-tasting experience. If you prepare this tea as a morning tea, dare not skip ginger as it dare not leave to lend goodness to your health.
  • Squeeze half a piece of lemon into the boiling tea. You can turn off the flame at this time. Boiling the tea after adding lemon juice may add bitterness to the Moringa tea.
  • Add in the lemon skin as well. This is going to give a lemony punch to the Moringa tea which pairs well with the unique earthy taste of Moringa leaves.
  • Filter the tea and dispose of the residue.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey for each cup of Moringa tea and mix well.
  • Enjoy the hot & healthy Moringa tea on each sip.
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  • Make the Moringa tea more flavoursome by adding mint leaves, cinnamon, lemongrass or ginger along with the lemon juice. All the additives work best.
  • Brew-up and enjoy the Refreshing Moringa tea for a Stress-free Morning.

 Stay Healthy! Stay Stress-Free!


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