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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mochai Kulambu-Mochai Kathirikkai Kara Kulambu

I got this recipe from my neighbour long time back. Since we all loved this Kara kuzhambu very much, it started making frequent appearance on our dining 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. Today we will learn how to make Brinjal Mochai Kulambu-Kathirikkai Mochai Kara kuzhambu following this very easy recipe.

Brinjal Mochai Kulambu-Kathirikkai Mochai Kara kuzhambu

Brinjal Mochai Kulambu-Kathirikkai Mochai Kara kuzhambu

Brinjal Kara kuzhambu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategoryKuzhambu-Brinjal-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   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
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   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
   Grated Coconut -1/3 cup
   Poppy seeds (Khus khus-kasa kasa) - 3 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tbsp ( Sesame seed oil preferable)
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida - a generous pinch
   Fenugreek seeds (vendhayam)- 1/2 tsp
   Red chilli -3
   Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

kara kulambu, beans poriyal and brown rice-Lunch menu
Brown rice with Kara kuzhambu and beans curry /poriyal


Pressure cook field beans (mochai) with a little salt till soft. Keep it aside.

Heat a tsp of oil and fry cumin seeds, fennel seeds, khus khus and cinnamon separately.Fry coconut also separately until light golden brown. Grind all the ingredients together to a smooth paste and keep it aside. This is our kulambu masala paste.

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

Cut brinjal lengthwise and keep it in a cup of water until use. This is done to prevent discoloration.


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

2.Add garlic, saute for some more minutes.

3.Now add cooked mochai, brinjal (after draining  the water) and tomato. Fry for 4-5 minutes and then add tamarind water.

4.When it starts boiling, add ground kulambu 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 using dried beans,soak it for 8 hours or overnight and pressure cook the beans.

Click the link for more South Indian Kulambu recipes

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, until 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. yummy...love 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!

  23. Tried this recipe today. OMG I made it spicy and tangy. It came out really well. I loved your recipe. Thanks

  24. Made thakkalikkai koottu using your recipe and it tasted awesome......made it once again using the same paste....please suggest if we can made pavakkai pitlai and kathirikkai pitlai also using the same paste but following your instructions on all ingredients and method of making exactly as instructed by you.....Thanks in advance for your reply.

    1. Happy to know that you liked the green tomato kootu. Yes, you can use the same paste for making pavakkai pitlai and kathirikkai rasavangi.

  25. I have been following your blog for few months now and everything I have tried has come out absolutely delicious. As a bachelor living out of South India, you blog is just like a neighbor to whom I can call upon and cook delicious stuff. Keep up the good work Mrs Padhu.

  26. Super..
    Tasty..made it today...liked a lot

  27. Looks so yummy madam.... i am a ardent follower of ur dishes... and thanks alot for the delicious dishes... and a small doubt in this recipe mam... can we add any other veggie other than brinjal as me and my hubby dont like it


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