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.

Realise the full moon

"Because each time wind comes, a wave comes, the moon is broken in a thousand pieces. But again the lake becomes silent, and all the broken pieces all over the lake start gathering again. Because it is a reflection, the moon is never broken, it is only the reflection that is broken. And because the moon is never broken, it does not matter that its reflection is broken a thousand times.

All our bodies, all our minds, all our lives are nothing but reflections of the real moon... broken a thousand times. Still, in the innermost core of your being, the moon is as full and as perfect as ever."


Sunday, April 09, 2006

Students' prayer

I am a student for life, hence I've added this to my daily prayer...

"Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we may be ready and receive them."

- Sri Aurobindo