Saturday, April 15, 2006

More Kuzhambu... an authentic Southie recipe

While South India has become almost synonymous with Sambhar, we make quite a few other kuzhambu-s (gravies) too. Here is one, which is considered the South Indian counterpart of Kadhi... More Kuzhambu. Very few people make this in the traditional way these days. They make a mish-mash of kadhi and more kuzhambu recipes and come up with a sweetish concoction which has coconut, gram flour, ginger and what not!

Here is the traditional More Kuzhambu recipe, right from my mom's diary. This can be prepared with various vegetables like ladies finger, white pumpkin, capsicum, colocasia etc.

Preparation time – 10 minutes.
Cooking Time – 5 to 10 minutes.
Serves 4.


2 ½ cups sour buttermilk (thick)
7 or 8 small colocasia
4-5 green chillies
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp raw rice1/4 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp coconut oil
Coriander or curry leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste

  1. Add turmeric powder and salt to the buttermilk, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Grind coconut, cumin seeds, raw rice and green chillies in a blender.
  3. Cook the colocasia and peel. If using any other vegetable, dice into moderately big pieces and cook.
  4. Add the ground paste and cooked vegetables to the buttermilk and mix well.
  5. Keep it on the stove and heat on low flame for a little while until it starts foaming.
  6. Remove from fire immediately. Overheating will cause the curds to separate and the dish will become watery.
  7. Season mustard seeds and fenugreek seeks in coconut oil. Add it to the kuzhambu.
  8. Garnish with coriander or curry leaves and serve lukewarm.

Note: Avoid reheating this dish. If using ladies finger instead of colocasia, cut them into 1” long pieces, fry them and add to kuzhambu just before serving so they remain crisp.


Nisha said...

Hey Janani,

I came across your post on TWIN and thought of checking your profile. Here I am on your blog and thanks to you I found one good tami' recipe. :)

You have a great blog going!


Kumar Narasimha said...

Hi Janani,

Nice post and mouth-watering picture :-) Did you take it?

But one crib though: Kuzhambu is a Tamil dish..not a pan-South Indian dish.I think you know what I mean :-)


Janani said...

Yes, Kumar. I shot the pic. Glad you like it :)

Shrilatha Puthi said...

Janani, did u follow the recent thread at TW-L on 'tech-writing vs. recipe-writing'?(i'm sure u wud've) Well, I can say u r good at both :-)