Thursday, October 29, 2009

Moar Kuzhambu

Moar kuzhambu is what I make when I don't have the enthusiasm to do any extensive cooking. I always have some kind of podi (instant spice powder to mix with rice) at hand and have podi rice with moar kuzhambu.

Ingredients (3 - 4 servings):


Plain yogurt - 2 cups (using a measuring cup)

Asafoetida - a couple of pinches

Turmeric powder - a couple of pinches

Salt to taste


To grind to a paste:


Green chillies - 2 to 3 (vary this to suit your taste)

Fresh ginger - 1/2 inch stick

Grated/powdered coconut - 2 tablespoons

Channa dhal soaked in warm water for about 15 minutes - 1.5 tablespoons


For seasoning:


Cooking oil - 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Dried red chillies - 1 broken into half

Fresh cilantro - a few strands broken by hand

Procedure:
1. Grind green chillies, fresh ginger, grated/powdered coconut and the soaked channa dhal with a little water into a smooth paste and set aside.
2. Churn the yogurt into buttermilk in a deep vessel with about 2 cups (using a measuring cup) of water, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, salt and the paste from step 1 to it, mix well and heat on the stove top on medium heat for about 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture gets warm and turn off the stove. Exercise caution lest it will curdle.
3. In a small pan, heat some cooking oil, pop mustard seeds, add the dried red chillies and transfer the contents immediately into the buttermilk mixture from step 2.
4. Garnish with a few strands of fresh cilantro.

Note:
1. If you have some sour yogurt left, this is the best dish to use that up. I add some sour cream sometimes to add that extra richness and creaminess to the dish :-).
2. You can add veggies and vadas to this dish instead of keeping it plain.
3. Another variation in taste and flavor could be brought about by using dried red chillies instead of green ones and adding about a teaspoon of cumin seeds while grinding. You can also omit the ginger.

Yet another easy dish is ready!!!

31 comments:

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Nice recipe anu!!we use to do Moar kuzhambu in different way..urs sounds interesting and amazing..next time sure will give a try.

Hema said...

Thats really a time saver.. Adding some veggies like okra will enhance its taste!

Gulmohar said...

That's what I would do when I don't have time ;)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Good one - Anu!

kitchen queen said...

yummy and delicious mor kuzhambu my all time favourite.

Prathibha said...

Even I depend on powder sometimes dear..simple n nice combo wid rice..

Padhu said...

Same thing with me Anupama.When I do not feel like spending much time in the kitchen ,I normally choose mor kuzhambu.Simply yet delicious.

Rohini said...

Thats yummy.. I just love Mor Kozhambu! As you said, it happily pairs up with podi rice :)

Priya said...

Just more kuzhambu with masal vadas..looks yummy..

Parita said...

Very similar to gujarati kadhi, feel like having it rite now :-)

Sangeetha said...

Moar kozhambu with vada tops the chart of all the gravies.It's not that complicated too,nice click.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That's a nice one, i just wait for my yogurt to go sour and do this.

lata raja said...

Very different from my moar kuzhambu. All grinding ingredients in your list have not featured in mine. Now I shall try this for variety.Thank you for sharing.

Anupama said...

@ Sangeetha Subhash: Please post your recipe so that I can try that as well.

@ Hema, Gulmohar, Home cooked oriya food, kitchen queen, Prathibha, Padhu, Rohini, Priya, Parita, Sangeetha, A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine: Thank you ladies :-)

@ Lata Raja: Lata ji, please post you way and I shall try that as well :-)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Anupama
Quinoa is a native of South America, i order it online in nutsonline.com in 25lbs cases as they work out much cheaper. In India i heard it is available in Auroville, Pondycherry and someplace in Bangalore. If you want more details, may be i can get back. So let me know. There is no name for it in Hindi or Tamil but it kind of resembles Thinai(in tamil).

AshKuku said...

Hey Anu,

The kolambu looks really yum...
Got to give it a try...some day...as I have not till date...

Kindly collect ur awards from my blog,
Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Babli said...

Very nice and new type of dish.Looks yummy.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Mor Koyumbu / Kuttan is something made with ease... Just like you have presented...
But dunno I have always felt its a difficult one!!
Need to make an initiative to try it soon...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Mor Kuzhambhu looks perfect, easy to make and delicious one!

Anupama said...

@ AshKuku: Thanks for sharing the awards dear.

@ Babli, Sandhya, Mythreyi Dilip: Thank you girls :-). Sandhya, it is really easy. You'll get it the next time you try.

Vrinda said...

My first visit here,i lov moru kozhambu,simple and yumm...

Anupama said...

@ Vrinda: Thanks for stopping by :-)

Viki's Kitchen said...

My comfor food dear. Yours look so delicious and yummm...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

kalakara anu.. so many comments! nice recipe for mor kuzhambu.. i put thor dhal instead of channa dal.

Anupama said...

@ Viki's Kitchen: Thank you dear :-)

@ Mahimaa: Thanks Mahi :-). It was all made possible only because of you da.

SriLekha said...

wow1 that's my favorite! it looks delicious!

Anupama said...

@ SriLekha: Thank you :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

one of my alltime fav. dish yumm

s said...

we make it different but this is great too..such a quick dish for those lazy days..

Anupama said...

@ rekhas kitchen, s: Thank you :-)

s said...

i love this dish..its a fav at home..and so easy to make.