Lombok is a small island with big collection of fascinating culture, natural splendor and traditional food. Between arrays of grilled satay, taliwang chicken and plecing kangkung vegetable spicy water spinach dish, kelaq kelor is one non-mainstream dish worth mentioning only for its healthy benefit.
Daun kelor, or Moringa leaves, just recently gain worldwide recognition as one of nature’s super food with lots of benefit for body. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases. Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium and many more. It has been used as medicine and food source for at least 4,000 years. Kelaq kelor is basically a portion of soup mainly made from moringa leaves along with other vegetables from cherry tomato to long beans, and best enjoyed with hot white rice and Lombok traditional shrimp-paste (terasi) chili sauce.