This Mor Kuzhambu (Curd Curry/South Indian Kadhi) recipe is quite different from the regular Mor Kuzhambu recipe. The recipe is a speciality dish from Nellai/Tirunelveli . Nellai Cuisine is regarded as the most aromatic cuisine in Tamilnadu. This Mor kuzhambu is tangy as tamarind is used in the preparation. Use of dry red chillies makes this dish spicier compared to the regular mor kuzhambu. Ash Gourd is best suited for this dish, though I have tried it with yellow pumpkin which is also very tasty. A finger licking recipe and easy to prepare too. It can be had along with hot rice or as a side to Sambar rice or Roti/Chappati.
Recipe: Chandra Padmanabhan
Tirunelveli Special MORU KUZHAMBU :
Serves : 4-6
Soaking time:10 minutes
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 small marble sized ball tamarind or 2 tsp of thick tamarind paste
250 gms of peeled and cubed Ashgourd(pushinikai) or yellow pumpkin
2 cups Curd
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon husked black gram ( Urad dal)
3/4 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds ( Methi)
5-6 dried red Chillies
Coconut pieces ( adjust quantity according to taste)
2 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Extract juice and discard pulp. Alternately, dilute 2 tsp of thick tamarind paste in one cup of water.
2.Heat oil for spice paste in a frying pan. Add dal,fenugreek seeds and red chillies and fry over low heat ,tossing gently till dal turns golden and chillies fragrant. Mix in coconut and grind to a smooth consistency,gradually adding 1/2 cup water.
3. Heat oil for tempering in a pan over moderate heat. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When mustard seeds splutter,mix in the yellow pumpkin and tamarind juice.
4.Simmer over low heat for 7-8 minutes ,stirring occasionally till the vegetable is tender and the raw aroma of tamarind is not there.
5. Add salt and the spice paste to curd. Whisk till well blended.
6. Stir in the spiced curd. Heat through, stirring continously to prevent curdling. This step will take less than 5 minutes.
Serve hot with plain rice or String hoppers. Just Delicious!!!
Try this recipe with Ash gourd too...it will be amazing !