Miracle Tree

Moringa oleifera, or miracle drumstick tree as we call it in India, is a native ancient Ayurvedic tree with tremendous health benefits. The leaves, a bright green in color, are a rich source of anti oxidants and an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. These plant extracts are also known to reduce blood sugar and inflammation. But above all, it is a slightly earthy yet tasty herb to enjoy in so many different ways. At Pondicheri, we use the moringa in drinks, morning pastries, and weekend brunch pancakes.

To go with our blackberry scones tinged green with moringa, we also make a morning miracle latte, that is extremely popular with the early morning office goers. It gives them a boost of energy and a slightly euphoric feeling. Who does not want that in the morning??? And the best part about it is, that unlike other morning drinks like matcha or coffee, moringa does not contain caffeine. On the weekends, we offer almond pancakes tinged with moringa and served with blueberries and maple syrup.

When I was growing up in India, we ate drumsticks every Sunday in a tamarind vegetable stew that was a family favorite. Little did we know that the drumsticks we enjoyed were packed with nutrients. The best part about the Indian philosophy has always been to make food our medicine; this is why spices are so ingrained in Indian cooking. In an attempt to serve the best Indian food in New York City, we try to showcase some of these rare, yet interesting, ingredients. Currently we are working on a miracle cocktail with cucumber and gin…

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