September 12, 2020

Poosanikaai Morekuzhambu | Ash gourd in yogurt gravy


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 Morkuzhambu /Mor kulambu / Mor kolambu is a flavorful curry made out of yogurt /dahi and freshly ground coconut masala.  This South indian delicacy  is very rich in calcium and vitamin C . We use fresh coconut in this recipe and just 1 tsp of oil which is used as part of tempering.  Technically this can be called as an oil free recipe.  If you may like even non fat yogurt or very low fat yogurt can be used to prepare mor kolambu.

No South Indian feast is complete without serving Morekuzhambu.  In Tamil Nadu we say Morekuzhambu while in kerala it is called as Mor curry / pulissery / kaalan , Andhra it is known as Majjiga Pulusu and Majjige Huli in Karnataka. This curry is served with hot rice and often paired with potato roast .

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Even if the names are different the method of preparation is more or less the same  except for a few minor changes in terms of the ingredients used to grind . Traditionally native vegetables like Ash gourd/poosnikai /elavan / kumbalkai , ladies finger /vendakkai , Arbi/seppankizhangu /taro root , Mangalore cucumber go into the Morkuzhambu . Now a days people like to experiment with flavors and use capsicum, tomatoes , potatoes also in the mor kolambu but I prefer to stick to the traditional vegetables as it retains the authenticity and flavor of the curry when paired with a spicy curry .  You may try my version of vendakkai (bhindi) morkuzhambu which I have already have on my blog.

The subtle flavor of yogurt curry when paired with a spicy stir fried vegetable like potato roast, arbi (seppankizhangu) roast or paruppu usili enhances the taste and is indeed a treat to our palate.

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 30 mins
Serves - 3 to 4
Complexity - easy 

Morkuzhambu /Mor kulambu / Mor kolambu is a flavorful curry made out of yogurt /dahi and freshly ground coconut masala.  This South indian delicacy  is very rich in calcium and vitamin C . Poosnikaai morekuzhambu , poosani mor kuzhambu , elavan mor kootu , elavan mor kootaan , mor kolambu, more kozhambu, how to make tamil nadu style majjige huli , majjiga pulusu



Ingredients 

250 gms ashgourd/elavan /pumpkin/poosnikai
250ml thick yogurt 
100 ml water 
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard 
1/2 tsp methi /fenugreek seeds
2 to 3 dry red chillies 
fresh curry leaves 
pinch of turmeric 
Pinch of asafoetida 
salt

To grind
 6 to 7 tbsp  fresh grated coconut 
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin 
3 to 4 green chillies 
1 tsp channa dhall /bengal gram
2 tsp dhaniya /corriander seeds
Small piece ginger 

Method 

Soak all the ingredients under the "to grind" section in water for 10 to 15 mins and grind into a fine paste .

Peel the skin of the pumpkin and cut into 1 inch cubes . In a thick vessel , add the chopped pumpkin cubes , pinch of salt and some water and  cook until the pumpkin is 3/4th cooked. They shouldn't over cook and turn soggy . The crunch in the pumpkin must be maintained. 


Whisk the yogurt until is creamy and smooth. 

Add in the ground spice paste to the whisked yogurt along with salt and turmeric powder and mix well with water mentioned . Donot add too much water , else the mor kuzhambu will be runny and will split on boiling.  Check the video below to know the right consistency. 

Add this yogurt mixture to the boiled pumpkin pieces and continue to cook on medium flame until the mixture starts frothing up . 



Remember to turn it off at this stage..continuing to cook further will end up in splitting the yogurt..we donot want that to happen. 

Prepare a tempering of mustard seeds , methi  Curry leaves and dry chillies in hot oil and pour it over the mor kuzhambu.  The consistency of the mor kuzhambu is demonstrated in the below video.



Most important tip : do not close the mor kuzhambu with a lid until it has cooled down  completely.  The reason is,if we close when it is still hot , the water droplets formed due to steam tend to spoil the taste and texture of the mor kuzhambu. 



5 comments:

  1. What a tasty looking dish with traditional spices and yogurt. Thank you for sharing all the tips about how and when to add yogurt. Really useful tips.

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    1. Thanks Mina Ji. This is a close cousin of kadhi .would love to hear your feedback when you try this .

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  2. our family favourite :-) altho I make mor kozhambus soooo differntly. kamala pati style nalli... these are so deliciuous with Usli...

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    1. Same here we also love it.. you must be roasting the dry spices before grinding isn't it ?

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  3. What a lovely and delicious recipe. I like yoghurt based curries as they are milder and more gentle. Your prep looks so delicious.

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