Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bharathi Aunty's Mochai Kuzhambu

This is a special kuzhambu that a close family friend of ours makes and it's so tasty and creamy. I tasted this about 3 years ago and loved it... so when she visited us a while ago, I was sure to get this recipe from her. This uses dry mochai beans and so I made it a point to get a pack during our recent trip to India.

This recipe can be made with white channa, rajma beans & dried green peas as well besides mochai. You may have to lower the amount of tamarind accordingly for these however.

MOCHAKOTTAI KUZHAMBU


Ingredients:
Dried mochai beans - 1 cup
Tamarind - small lemon sized (lesser than what is used for puli kuzhambu), soaked
Garlic cloves (whole) - 6 to 8, peeled
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Brinjals - 1 or 2, small (optional, I didn't use)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 2 pinches
Coconut milk - 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

Grind to a fine paste (with water as required):
Chilli powder - 2.5 tsp
Coriander powder - half tsp
Cumin powder - 2.5 tsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Method:
1) Dry roast the mochai for a few mins and soak for 3 hours atleast or overnight. Pressure cook the soaked mochai beans with a bit of salt, till soft - about 3 whistles. Extract tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind piece.


2) Heat the oil, season with cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafoetida, toss in the garlic cloves and chopped onion. Fry this till golden brown. Also add brinjal and fry (if using)

3) Now add the ground paste and fry this for a minute. Next add the tamarind extract and salt. When this boils, add the cooked beans and allow this to boil for another 5 minutes.

4) Add the coconut milk and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes or till oil separates.

Serve this delicious curry with rice.

I would like to send this to JFI-Tamarind hosted by Sig and also to AFAM-Coconut event hosted by Suganya. JFI was started by Indira and AFAM by Maheshwari.

Also check out
1) Seema's version of the same recipe (from the same source) and
2) My mom's version of Mochai Kuzhambu.

39 comments:

  1. my dad loves mochai! i have posted sundal in my blog. my mom makes this more often though

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  2. We called "vaal" in Gujarati. Love this recipe, looks awesome. Will try sooooon!!!Thanxxxx for sharing :))

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  3. Exactly how we make at home :) We do add some Non_veg too (which very popular too )

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  4. This kozhambu is new to me. Liked it. A thicker version should be good with chappathis, I think.

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  5. I have mochai at home. Have bookmarked your recipe to try. Kuzhambu looks good.

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  6. This a fav at home...An ideal accompaniment for chapathis!!

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  7. I have only made one thing with mochai: http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/09/avrya-bendi.html

    I will try this... will make the hub and me both happy :-)

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  8. That looks completely delicious, Laavanya! The perfect curry!
    I think mochai beans are the same ones that I know better as vaal. They do have a wonderful creamy texture. I'm going to try this recipe soon.

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  9. looks so very creamy, d-lish!
    wow! that must be one spicy dish ;)
    shud work with lima too, right?

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  10. All time fav at our home Lavanya..U know in our place we used to make this every thursday.Even now my kids ask this for thursday.Looks Delicious

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  11. i've not made anything with these beans before...it sure looks good, and the coconut based gravy mustve been yummy, laavanya! :-)

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  12. Oh, I love Avarekalu, got plenty of dry beans although it can't match the taste of fresh ones. Dish looks yum L, must make it but after the vacation!:))

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  13. Oh, I got so hungry looking at that pic... Then reading the ingredients made me want some so bad!!! Looks too good!

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  14. yum!! isn;t it funny as we grow up we make sure we get the recipes we love..as kids..all we would do is wish that person makes it for us when we visit them or bug ur mom to make it then complain it is not good :D

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  15. That pic is so tempting, Laavanya!! Looks absolutely delicious! :)

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  16. What a tempting curry Lavanya! These beans are new to me. I will check if I can find them here.

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  17. Never heard of this one before.
    Garlicky goodness! yum!:D

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  18. super chef...http://hungerpangs.blogspot.com/2008/06/quirks-and-jal-jeera.html

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  19. My Mom used to make this kolambhu especially on saturdays during my schooldays.Its long time since I had this.Your post brought back the memories.I will make it this saturday.

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  20. Hey,this is my favorite too...

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  21. This is new to me. Will try it sometime.

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  22. Nice one Laavanya. Very famous in South. Viji

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  23. it looks awesome. where can i find mochai beans? is it seasonal?

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  24. I love this curry. Don't get to eat this much, though!

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  26. woo like the any curry which include tamarind...its chatpataa delicious laavanya...

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  27. Laavanya-

    never heard of this mochai kozhambu before...seems like a different taste of kozhambu, looks so thick.

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  28. Laavanya- this recipe looks delicious and I have to try it. I am not sure I know what mochai beans are, but from your picture I'd guess they are the same as vaal which has a slightly bitter but delectable flavor?

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  30. I am not sure what mochai beans are ....but the kuzhambu looks delish

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  31. Mochai Kuzhambu is Siv's favorite, he keeps talking about it, I've never had it... :) Now I have a recipe to refer to... Thanks for the entry Laavanya!

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  32. Have never tried mochai...looks gr8.Looks gr8, nice pics

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  34. curry looks soooo delecious lavanya

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  36. Thank you all for your encouraging comments.

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