Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mor Kuzhambu

Aha! What's on our cooking page today foodies? I decided, yes I, decided it should be a vegetarian curry. Not those fiery red curries though (Indian Vegetable Curry, Indian Tofu Curry & Cauliflower Curry), but a yellow hue eye popping curry (Sodhi/Coconut Milk Stew, Bitter Gourd Sambar & Sambar/Dhal Curry). Mor Kuzhambu, aka yogurt curry, aka buttermilk curry. Interesting right? I know. Mor Kuzhambu.  A tiny boost of spiciness, coconut and cumin paste enhanced and walla, speak about the scent of curry leaves.   

1 medium size (abt 500g) ash gourd - remove skin, core out the seeds and cut into medium size pieces
150g yogurt
2 green chillies - cut into 3-4 pieces
1 tsp turmeric
2 cups water
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 dried red chillies - broken to pieces
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

To blend/ground into a paste
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1 tsp cumin

Add gourd, green chillies, turmeric powder, water and salt into a pan.
Simmer to soften gourd. 
Combine in the coconut cumin paste and simmer over low heat. 
In a separate pan, heat oil and when heated, fry mustard seeds, dried chillies and curry leaves.
Tip into curry and off the heat. 
Add yoghurt and stir in.


  1. Wow,,,Look at the color of this dish,make my mouthwatering,i just love all spice ingredients in it,,,YUmmY and the picture are awesome :)

  2. That dish looks so good and is a nice way to prepare squash a little bit differently than what we're used to.

  3. Using yogurt?? This is my 1st time seeing this. :)

    Wonder how it taste.

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  4. I don't know about this dish. But I do make a similar one with spinach fritters. But its nice to see a different kind preparation for ash gourd.

  5. Thanks to your link to the ash gourd I now have an idea of what the veggie is actually like. It does appear to go well in sweet as well as savory dishes-which is a good thing which leaves me wondering why it is not found here.
    The spice and sour seasoning does make for an interesting blend of flavors and the broth looks rich and creamy, definitely something I would enjoy! Tasty post!

  6. oo that is called ash gourd ah. My mom used it to make soup

  7. This looks great! I am trying to make an authentic Indian dinner tonight - looking forward to it!

  8. Wow, this looks fantastic! I'd love a try, I can't say I've had something similar yet :)

  9. Another mouthwatering curry recipe from you, Nava! What a delicious way to use ash gourd!

  10. Love this recipe.I just love the South Indian curries any day and this seems to be a pretty easy recipe as well.Thanks for sharing Nava!

  11. The colors of this dish are the vibrant green and yellow! And I can imagine it tastes as good as it looks!

  12. I'm not sure I know what an ash gourd is, but I love the looks of this curry!

  13. hi nava, never tried this before, mmm look so delicious- i must learn to use yogurt in gravy, its so nutritious. have a nice day. your pic looks great dear!

  14. Delicious, would love to eat that with some hot rice!

  15. Oooh, curry with yogurt?! YUM! Sounds like an amazing dish!

  16. spicy yummy..loved the color Ms.Nava..passing by ;)

  17. Thanks for all the sharing everyone. Btw, for those who can't or don't know what is ash gourd, its actually winter melon and you can also replace this veg with long beans, french beans and even pumpkin will blend perfectly well inside.

  18. Now I know what to do with those vegetables, I always see them in the Chinese Shop here but dont know how to cook it

  19. I've never used ash gourd before, but looks an interesting veggie to use. Thanks

  20. I'm back from trip & resuming my blog hopping. I've only tried yoghurt as desserts, honestly. Your description makes me wanna dig into your bowl of yoghurt curry.

  21. This dish looks awesome. Lovely colors. Super tempting it is. Love it.


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