Daun Kelor : Medicinal Soup

Chef Joseph’s healthful Zucchini Potato Soup features Daun Kelor as its centrepiece. Daun Kelor is also known as the Drum Stick tree or Moringa plant and is native to Indonesia (and Bali). Daun Kelor is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds thought to help build body muscle, boost the body’s immune system,  improve digestion, reduce fat in the blood and body, and slow down ageing.


  • Prep Time:15 minutes + 5 Minutes for blending
  • Cook time:30 minutes
  • Yields:6 portions

Zucchini Potato Soup

Daun Kelor, Cumin & Papadam Crackers

Daun Kelor also known as Moringa and Drum Strick Leaf is indigenous to Northern India and grows throughout sub-tropical climates such as Asia & Africa.  It has been used in traditional medicines for centuries.

Daun Kelor has 15 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas.  It also has calcium, protein, iron and amino acids which help your body heal and build muscle.

It’s packed with antioxidants that protect cells from damage and may boost your body’s immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce fat int the blood and body.

Early studies show benefits in treating rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancer and memory.

Is it safe?  Women that are pregnant and  breast feeding should not consume Daun Kelor as it may cause miscarriage.

Daun Kelor & Javanese Mysticism

In Java we have traditional healers called Dukuns. Dukun is a Malay term for Shaman. Their social role is that of a healer, spirit medium and on occasion sorcerers and masters of black magic. In English the term translates to “witch doctor.” They have very strong and ancient beliefs in animism, ancestor worship and shamanism.

You can go to a Dukun to be healed for medical reasons or put a spell on someone to create harm or even make them fall in love with you.

If you have gone to a dukun to make someone fall in love with you, do not eat Daun Kelor. If you do; instantly all of your beauty and charisma will disappear and the person you put the spell on will instantly fall out of love with you.

This is a great recipe to prepare for your future spouse before “popping the question!”

Recipe: Zucchini Potato Soup, daun kelor, cumin, papadam crackers

  • 40ml
  • 100 grams
  • 20 grams
  • 80 grams
  • 30 grams
  • 400 grams
  • 650 grams
  • 1 T.
  • 1 T.
  • 1 tsp.
  • 1500 ml
  • 200 ml
  • 50 grams
  • To Taste
  • To Taste
  • As many as you would like to eat- Yum!

Note* You can omit the cream all together or substitute with almond milk to make the recipe vegan.  I would recommend reducing the cumin and Methi Kasuri by 25% for this variation.

Technique:

  • In a heavy bottom pot warm the oil to medium heat.
  • Add shallots, garlic, leeks and cumin seed.  Sauté until translucent.
  • Add Methi Kasuri and Dried Thyme.  Continue to sauté for two minutes.
  • Add potatoes & zucchini with water. Bring up to a simmer and add a bit of salt & white pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low-medium and continue to cook until potatoes are tender.
  • While the soup is cooking, fry the papadam crackers accordingly to package.  Reserve until ready to eat.
  • Add the cream and remove from heat.
  • Add the daun kelor and process smooth in blender.
  • Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  • Divide the soup into serving bowls and garnish with a drizzle of fresh cream and daun kelor leaves as per picture.  Serve hot with Papadam crackers for dipping.

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