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Zogale (Moringa) And Macaroni Salad

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Ingredients

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Moringa
150g Macaroni
100g Beef liver
2 Carrot
1 Red bell pepper medium size
1 Onions medium size
Lime optional
Seasoning
Water

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Zogale (Moringa) And Macaroni Salad

Moringa (zogale) has come to stay although it has been around in the north for decades. Growing up, I have eaten different meals of zogale. My grandmother made "kwadon zogale", "miyar zogale", "dambun zogale". Each of those zogale meals were delicious.

Recently, from the 1990s, moringa recipes are now everywhere, in Nigeria and globally.This is following in-depth scientific research on its many nutritional benefits and the mass awareness of its use.

Moringa is highly nutritious and has many medical benefits. A 100g of moringa leaves is high in Magnesium and protein. It is also a good source of calories (64 per 100g).

Research has shown that it has many medical benefits, including: anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-hypertensive, mood stabilizing effects, protecting vital body organs (liver, kidney, heart, testes etc), lowering blood cholesterol level and so on.

Now you see why people are singing "moringa song"? Join in singing this song by trying this simple moringa salad.

Enjoy!

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    About Moringa (Zogale)

    Moringa, otherwise scientifically known as Moringa oleifera , is a widely researched and used plant. It is grown in many countries, including Nigeria and has many variants. Of the 13 identified variants, Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated and used.

    Many studies have demonstrated health benefits of moringa. The cultivation and genetics is broad and the health and non-health uses of  moringa are many; as reported in a detailed review of moringa plant (1).

    A study demonstrates the safety and protective effects of moringa on major organs of the body such as the heart, kidney, liver, lungs as well as its anti-diabetic effects (2).

    It is important to note that only the leaves, fruit or seeds of moringa are possible safe when eaten as food. It is however advisable to avoid eating the roots and its extracts as this may contain toxic substances which can cause paralysis or even death.

    Although the leaf of moringa plant is generally safe in humans,  the root may be unsafe during pregnancy. It has a substance that may cause contraction of the uterus, leading to miscarriage (3).

    There is some evidence to show that moringa increases breast milk production (4). But there is no sufficient evidence on how safe it is to babies. Further research is needed to determine safety profile of moringa in babies.

     

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    Steps

    1
    Done
    15 miutes

    Cooking the Macaroni

    Add water to macaroni in a pot and parboil for 5 minutes. Wash and drain and pour back into pot. Again, add water just above the macaroni level. Add a pinch of salt. Cover pot half-way. Macaroni foams a lot of bubbles while cooking . Covering pot half-way allows the bubbles to escape. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.

    2
    Done
    10 minutes

    Cooking the Beef Liver

    Wash and drain liver. Cut in small cubes. Add seasoning cube, onion, ground pepper, pinch of salt. Stir-fry in a sauce pan until brown and soft for 5 minutes. Do not deep-fry. This will make the liver hard and lose its nutritious value.

    3
    Done
    10 minutes

    Preparing the Moringa

    Hand-pick moringa leaves from its stems (stem is hard and cooks longer than the leaves, making the leaves over-cooked). Pour leaves in a bowl and add hot water to cover leaves. Allow leaves to settle for 5 minutes. The hot water makes any sand or dirt to settle at the bottom of the bowl and makes the leave softer and edible .
    Drain hot water and wash leaves thorough in cold water, making sure all sand and debris is removed. Drain excess water in colander.

    4
    Done
    10 minutes

    Making the Salad

    Add macaroni and moringa leaves in a bowl. Wash and cut carrots, bell pepper, onion and cucumber. Add all ingredients to the bowl. Add the liver. Toss all ingredients to get a good mix. Add lime (optional).

    Serve hot!

    5
    Done

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