Moringa - - Tree of life!

Moringa, or Moringa Oleifera is referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’ as each and every part of the tree can be utilized in one way or another, from the seeds, pods and flowers being utilized as food, whilst the rest of the tree is utilized for making herbal medicine and for making tools. In saying this, though the Moringa leaves are known to provide numerous advantages in various capacities, however, dried Moringa is said to have a higher nutritional value. The reason being, after six hours of being picked, the Moringa leaf, in its original state, starts to lose its vitamin and mineral qualities. Therefore, dried Moringa is said to be better in terms of holding nutritional value, and can be consumed in the form of ‘Moringa Tea’ or sprinkled on top of other healthy drinks and food.
The benefits of Moringa are countless, with its ability to store vitamins and minerals; Moringa is in fact the cure or provides relief from various ailments, some of which are as follows:

·      Acne Treatment
o   The extract of Moringa leaves can be used as a purifying face mask, whereby all that is to be done is to grind Moringa leaves with rose water to form a paste, which is then applied on the face for five minutes.
·      Wounds
o   Moringa leaves are known to have anti-septic and anti-inflammatory qualities, thus when applied, it can lead to the wound healing whilst preventing infection.
·      Diabetes
o   The usage of Moringa leaves, both through its original state or dried form, can be utilized to effectively regulate blood sugar level, which in turn can help to control diabetes.
·      Toxins
o   Moringa has the ability to detox the body, as when consumed it attaches itself to the toxins which are then flushed out of the system.
·      Immune Deficiency
o   Extracts from Moringa leaves can aid in regulating the immune system, through improving the cellular immune response and exerting positive effects on various other immune system components.
Moringa also provides benefits in terms of culinary uses, including being used as a substitute for meat by vegetarians due its high content of protein. Other than this, the leaves themselves can be utilized in salads and are utilized in the preparation of soups and salads, whilst also possessing characteristics which make it perfect for cattle feed, both in terms of nutrition and monetary terms.
On the other hand, certain parts of the Moringa tree are unfit for consumption such as the roots and its extracts, as particular parts may contain certain toxins which can be hazardous to health. Furthermore, women during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding, should avoid Moringa use as enough research has not been carried out in order to ascertain the reactions. And most important of all, before consumption of Moringa or any other herb, it is advised to contact a medical practitioner, especially if it is being utilized for therapeutic purposes. 


Moringa -- what it really is?

Moringa Plant. Photo credits: The Organic Farmer

Moringa, stemming from the flowering plant family, Moringaceae, derives its name from muringa, the Tamil word for drumstick. It contains thirteen species ranging from small herbs to tall trees, found in subtropical and tropical areas of the world, with its appearance being similar to that of shrub with fast growing and drought resistant qualities. Further to this, it is known by natives as ‘The Tree of Life’ as each and every part of the tree can utilized in one way or another, from the seeds, to the pods, to the flowers, to the leaves and much, much more!
In terms of its history, the Moringa plant was highly valued in the ancient world, with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans using the seeds of the plant to extract edible oil, in order for it to be utilized in the making of perfume and skin lotion. Furthermore, in the nineteenth century, Moringa plantations in the West Indies aided the export of oil to Europe for perfumes, as previously used, and lubricant for machineries.
In more recent times, the most widely cultivated species is the Moringa Oleifera, commonly termed as Moringa, also known as drumstick tree or horseradish tree, which originates from the sub Himalayas of India. It is cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas with particular states in India, including Andhra Pradesh followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, aiding the country in being its largest producer. It’s further cultivated in the tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, South America and its native, Asia.
As mentioned previously, other than the most common, Moringa Oleifera, twelve more species of the said plant exist all over the world, which are as follows:

  • Moringa Arborea
  • Moringa Borziana
  • Moringa Concanensis
  • Moringa Drouhardii
  • Moringa Hildebrandtii
  • Moringa Longituba
  • Moringa Ovalifolia
  • Moringa Peregrina
  • Moringa Pygmaea
  • Moringa Rivae
  • Moringa Ruspoliana
  • Moringa Stenopetala

Grown in various parts of the world, the Moringa tree can be cultivated in a wide range of soil conditions, however the preference is of loamy soil (contains a small amount of organic material, with the mineral in a loam soil ideally being around 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay by weight) or well drained sandy soil. Furthermore, this particular plant is suitable for the dry regions, as it is a plant which thrives on heat, thus it does not require expansive irrigation techniques and can be grown through utilizing rainwater.

The variations in the Moringa plant are further diversified in terms of dried moringa and fresh moringa, with the former being an output of the latter i.e. fresh moringa is ‘chamber dried’ in order to generate the dried moringa leaf.

Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff is a variation of the original dish, Beef Stroganoff, of the Russian Origin. It is basically a dish with sauteed pieces of beef or chicken with mushrooms in sour cream served with noodles - succulent pieces of chicken with a creamy sauce, an absolute delight to have.


Chicken boneless, cut in strips, 1 cup
Mushrooms, sliced, 1/2 cup
Butter, 2 tbsp
Olper's Cream, 1 cup
Vinegar, 2 tbsp
Garlic paste, 1 tsp
Tomato puree/paste, 2 tbsp
Paprika, 1/2 tsp
Salt, 1/2 tsp
Chicken powder, 1 tbsp
Black pepper, crushed, 1 tsp
Noodles/fettuccine, boiled, 400 grams.


Heat a pan and melt butter. Add a teaspoon of garlic paste and chicken, and fry for 3-4 minutes. Now add tomato puree, salt, paprika, mushrooms and cook for 6 minutes. In the end, add the cream, vinegar, black pepper, chicken powder, mix well, cover with a lid, and on low flame cook for two minutes or till the sauce thickens. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or dried oregano, and serve with noodles.

Potato Pops

It's a tough job making people like veggies, and even harder to make them eat it! So what to do? How does one incorporate vegetables in their daily kitchen menu? What does one do to make their family 'like' eating vegetables? One solution to this! #CubeThatVeggie. Yes! Use Knorr chicken cubes, in different veggie recipes to get that oomph, that flavor everyone's been looking for! I will be sharing a series of veggie recipes for you all to try out using Knorr chicken cubes! I will be posting one recipe each day for an entire week! My recipes will be diverse, and belonging to different cuisines: Pakistani, Continental, Chinese and many more! So gear up, something exciting is coming up and stay tuned to The Crazy Chef!

#4 Potato Pops


Big potatoes, boiled and mashed 4
Salt To taste
Pepper 1/2 tsp
Butter 2 tbsp
Flour 4 tbsp
Knorr Chicken cube, 1, mixed in 1 tsp warm water


Mix all the ingredients and make small balls. Add in some flour, mix well. Add more flour till it's the right consistency (slightly on the doughy side). Make balls out of the mixture, coat them again in some flour and then deep fry on high flame till they are a nice golden brown.

*To be on the safe side, make one ball, coat it in flour and test it by frying it on high heat. If it doesn't break or dissolve in the oil, make balls from the rest of the mixture and fry!

Chicken Teriyaki with Garlic Rice

A super duper easy and quick recipe for Chicken Teriyaki (courtesy my sister!)


Boneless Chicken 1 kg

Garlic-Ginger paste 1 tbsp
Soya Sauce 1 cup
Dark Brown Sugar 2-3 tbsp
Salt and black pepper To taste


Fry the chicken on a high heat, till the water dries out. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry a bit more. When the water is completely dried (there should be no water in the chicken), mix the soya sauce and brown sugar and add it to the chicken. Cook on a high heat, for around 5-6 minutes to thicken the consistency (add cornflour if you find it too runny).

Just before serving, chop spring onions, garnish the chicken and then serve.

For Garlic Rice:

Thinly slice about 5-7 garlic cloves. Heat a wok and add about 1/4th cup oil. Stir fry the garlic till aromatic and slightly brown. Lower the heat, add salt & pepper to taste, and soy sauce about 2 tbsp. Mix, add the rice, mix again and fry on high heat for about 2 minutes. Turn off heat, add chopped spring onions and serve! 

*The secret of success of this dish is to use a good quality soy sauce (I used American Garden) and dark brown sugar (I used Sugarie's dark brown cane sugar). It makes a LOT of difference. In case, you find it too expensive, you can always use half quantity of good quality soy sauce and half quantity of low quality soy sauce.

Coffee Cooler


A glass of chilled milk
3 teaspoons of powdered coffee
2 tbsp Olper's cream
Sugar to taste
A scoop of vanilla ice-cream


Blend together the milk, ice-cubes sugar and coffee for a minute or two till it's frothy. Pour in a glass, add cream and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Sprinkle a little coffee with a little chocolate sauce, and voila, it's ready! Serve.

Iftaar Deals 2017 (Karachi)

Weekend around the corner and don't know where to eat out? Still searching for the best iftaar deals in town? Look no more! The Crazy Chef has compiled some of the best iftaar deals 2017 in Karachi. Scroll down and choose where to eat out! 

1. BBQ Tonite

 Outlet: 5/1, Boating Basin, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi.
bre Number: 021 111 227 111

Brew Factory

34, khayaban-e-muslim, Phase VI, DHA
Karachi, Pakistan

. Call 0310 0111228

2. Broadway Pizza

Outlet: All Outlets
Number: 021 111 339 339


3. Burger King


  4. Café Aylanto

Outlet: D 141, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi.
  Number:  021 3530986

5. Chapli Kebab House


       6. Chatterbox


            7. Daily Dubai

Outlet: Street 10, Badar Commercial Area, Phase V, D.H.A Karachi

            Del Frio

Outlet: SMCHS & Boat Basin Branch
 Number: SMCHS (021 34552510-1) Boat Basin (021 35820005-6)


 Number: 021 111 366 466

   10. Dunkin Donuts

11. Fuchsia

Outlet: E-23, 2nd Commercial Lane Zamzama Karachi
  Number: 021 35363944

12. HakkaChine

Outlet: Dolmen Mall Clifton Karachi
  Number: 0300 0225952

            13. Hoagies

Number: 021  35247645-6

 14. Ibn e Batuta

Outlet: Shop # 6 , Sumya Comforts, Jamal-ud-Din Afghani Road,  B.M.C.H.S., Main Traffic Sharfabad, Adjacent HBL, near Bahadurabad
  Number: 0311 2288882

             15. Karachi Social


              16. KFC

Number: 021 111 532 532

17. Koel Café

F-42/2 Scheme 5 Block 4 Clifton Karachi
Number: 021 35309745

        18. Koffie Chalet

Outlet: SMCHS, Karachi Number:  021 35820066

                 19. LaChine

Outlet: Tariq Road Karachi
Number: 021 111 666 111

20. Lals Patisserie

Outlet: All Outlets
Number: 021 111 11 5257

              21. McDonalds

Number: 021 111 244 622

     22. Nandos

           23. Necos (Week 1)

     Week 2

Week 3

             Week 4
Outlet: Bukhari Commercial Area, Phase VI
Number: 021 35844517 (Bukhari)

    24. New York Coffee

Outlet: 8th Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase V D.H.A ; Ground and Mezanine Floor, Plot A-119, Block A, SMCHS Karachi
021 111 692 692

             25. Oh MY Grill

Outlet: 10 Commercial Lane, Zamzama Karachi
Number: 0335 6646646

    26. OPTP

 27. Pearl Continental

Outlet: Karachi
021 111 505 505

28. Pi Social

Outlet: F-79, 3rd Avenue, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi
021 38885769

    29. Pizza Hut

       30. Roasters


31. Subway

Number: 021 111 747 474

   32. Tao

Outlet: Block 7, Main Boat Basin, Clifton Karachi
Number: 0345 0826826 ; 0336 0826826

    33. Tavern Grill

Outlet: Main Shaheed-e-Millat Road Karachi
Number: 021 34381517

     34. The Deli

Outlet: C-29/1, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi
Number: 021 35838954

   35. The Sauce Burger Café

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