Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mochai Kulambu-Mochai Kathirikkai Kara Kulambu

mochai kulambuI got this recipe from my neighbour long time back.Since we all loved this Kara kuzhambu very much, it started making frequent appearance in our table. Since mochai (field beans )is in season now, I have prepared this kulambu using mochai kottai but you can replace it with double beans or red beans or butter beans.

Brinjal Mochai Kulambu-Kathirikkai Mochai Kara kuzhambu

Ingredients needed

Tamarind- small lemon sized ball
Onion -1 chopped
Baby onion /Pearl onion -1/2 cup
Garlic - 12 cloves
Mochai (field beans) -1/2 cup fresh ones
Tomato -1
Brinjal - 1
Oil - 3 tbsp ( Sesame seed oil preferable)

Turmeric Powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder -2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp

For the Masala Paste

Fennel seeds (sombu)-1 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
Coconut -1/3 cup
Poppy seeds (Khus khus-kasa kasa) - 3 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

Heat a tsp of oil and fry cumin seeds, fennel seeds, khus khus and cinnamon separately.

Fry coconut till golden brown.

Grind all the ingredients together to a smooth paste and keep it aside.

For the seasoning

Mustard - 1 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli -3
Curry leaves - little

kara kulambuBrown rice with Kara kuzhambu and beans curry /poriyal


Pressure cooks field beans with a little salt till soft.

Soak tamarind in about 2 3/4 cups of hot water and extract it juice.Throw the pulp.


1.Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, fenugreek seeds, red chilli, curry leaves,onion (chopped) and baby onions. Saute till it turns pink.

2.Add garlic, saute for some more time .

3.Now add cooked mochai, brinjal and tomato. Fry a little and add tamarind water.

4.When it starts boiling, add grounded masala paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder,coriander powder and needed salt

5.Cook until oil separates and the gravy reaches a saucy consistency.

Note- If dried beans are used, soak it for 8 hours and pressure cook the beans.

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Meet you all again with another interesting recipe,till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Recipe looks tempting. my hubby loves this dish

  2. Omg, am just drooling here, my all time favourite gravy..

  3. This gravy is all time favourite to my members & myself, Cant control my taste buds, going to make for tomorrows lunch..

  4. I love this mochai kuzhambu.. Thx for posting this recipe.

  5. i m a fan of tamilian cuisine..

  6. i learnt a similar recipe from my sister.. looks yummy.

  7. Wow! Looks very delicious, just feel like having that plate of food.

  8. Though never tried this gravy but it certainly looks delicious...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Looks so perfect and delicious..spicy gravy

  10. Never tried this way looks delicious!

  11. I love curry so much and I can't get enough recipes. Thanks for sharing this beautiful dish with us. It really looks great and I like how rich it is.

    Have a great week ahead.

  12. tht steel plate, rice, kozhambu and beans... aaaah awesome....Great blog.. and glad to follow you

  13. Never heard about this before but looks like a new side dish for rice..Great curry Padhu...

  14. New recipe to me,but looks very tasty,spicy...

  15. ஆஹா இந்த‌ குழம்பை சுட்ட அப்பளத்துடன் சாப்பிட செம ருசி...

  16. Simple delicious curry. Love it.

  17. yummy and comforting kulambu...nice one

  18. A must for Pongal in my home-town and urs looks so delicious dear..will try ur version:)

  19. Naaku oorarathu!!!! Very very tempting!!!! :)

  20. the tasty tangy flavour.

  21. Never tasted kara kuzhambu before..Recipe sounds very tasty!! Nice pictures, Padhu..

  22. wow,i love this combo a lot,think its long time since I had this! Yummmy!


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