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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mochakottai-kuzhambu-curry
If you ask me,I would say this mochai kottai kuzhambu is the most flavorful in kuzhambu varieties...After I started cooking,in these 4 years,i would have made this one hardly 2 times...but when recently my MIL visited here to Singapore,she bought so many dried legumes from the food world supermaket,like karamani,double beans,white soya beans ..including these mochais...When I made this kuzhambu this time,I liked it so much,I was asking myself,why I was not making this one often..Especially,rather than soaking for overnight,roasting it nicely and making kuzhambu,sure gives a lots of flavor!

Mochakottai-curry


Mochakottai kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time5 mins     |  Cook time: 15 mins     Serves: 2

Ingredients

Mochai kottai (dried) - 1/2 cup

Tamarind - small lemon sized

Shallots/small onions - 1/4 cup (after chopping)

Garlic - 1 whole

Sambhar powder - 1 tblsp

Tomato(optional) - 1 no.

Jaggery - peanut sized

Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Salt - As needed

Curry leaves - 2 sprigs


To Temper

Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam - 1/4 tsp

Mustard - 1tsp

Thuvar dal - 1/2 tsp

Jeera - 2 tsp

Sesame oil - 1 tblsp


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Method:

  1. Dry roast the mochai till the skin starts turning brown,till nice aroma rises.(If you want to soak and make,soak overnight).
  2. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles,keep aside.
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  4. Extract tamarind juice from tamarind,by soaking it in warm water for atleast 1/2 hour.
  5. Peel garlic,onion and if u want to chop,chop it or you can add whole also(both).
  6. Heat kadai with oil and temper it with the items given under the To Temper table.
  7. Add the curry leaves,followed by garlic and fry for a minute and then add onion and fry till golden brown.
  8. then add the tamarind extract,turmeric,sambhar powder,salt,jaggery(if desired) and bring it to boil.
  9. Add the pressure cooked Mochai kottai and add enough water and allow it to boil for atleat 12-15 mins.(Add water if necessary).
  10. When the kuzhambu gets thick enough and the mochai gets well cooked in it,transfer to the serving bowl.Serve with Rice and accompaniment of ur choice!!.

notes:






  • Make sure to boil with more water for mochai get cooked soft in the kuzhambu and blends with the taste.

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    I am sending this to Srivalli of Cooking for all seasons,who is hosting the event My Legume Love Affair-Seventh Helping, originally started by Susan of The Well-seasoned Cook.

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    79 comments:

    1. Raji i must say u have great talent in photography, it makes me feel as if the food is near me and i can eat it.

      Your blog is the best!!!!!!!

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    2. Thanks a lot for those lovely words!Very encouraging!

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    3. Mocha kottai is indeed a very flavoursome ingredient. I used to love podding them for my grandma when I was little :-) Your curry and the pictures look fantastic!

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    4. Wow something new to me. Looks yummy.

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    5. yeah, i also like mochai kottai for it's buttery texture. i will try this recipe using lima beans :) kozhambu looks great.

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    6. Eyecatching pics Raks...i love mochai kuzhambu, my mom's fav n now its my family's fav..Looks really delicious...

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    7. thanks for reminding me also. we make it during the season when the greeen mochaiis available in the market. i never bought the dry mochai. The same i will make with black kondakadalai.And as ususal perfect click.wow.tempting .planned my luch for this weekend.

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      1. can we try the same recipe with green mochai???

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      2. can we try the same recipe wt green mochais??

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    8. Roasting legume is a good idea, kozhambu looks tempting. I got tempted looking at pumpkin curry and got inspired to cook some :)

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    9. Wow...This kulambu looks great!!Pics are fantastic!!

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    10. sounds good..will try it during this weekend..

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    11. what a delicious meal. lovely pic

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    12. pics look awesome. i saw these dried mochai in mustafa last week but didnt buy cuz already our bags were too heavy :D

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    13. Grt Grt Grt pics Raks..I adore you..:)

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    14. Looks so lovely! know wat I was thinkin abou this kozhambhu for the past 2 days n wanted to cook it in the weekend. Now u have made me crave for it more. Guess i need to make it by tom. :-)

      Lovely clicks. Gr8 post.

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    15. First time here, i think. Your clicks are awesome and from the picture itself I can guess how the food will be...Mochakottai kuzhambu looks fabulous and tempting..

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    16. I love mochai kuzhambu, I have it on my uncle's place.but i never tried.Your kuzhambu looks yum.Pic r amazing!

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    17. hi Raji,
      you are an awesome photographer,that is what first came to my mind, Oh, I know, i love mochakottai(avarekkai)one of favourites, i used to cook so many dishes out of it, I do not get them here must try this time in the asian shop. The photos are mouth watering, amazing photography, teach me how u do it. well, u were absolutely teasing me right? about my photos!!!!!!!!!, keep it up,

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    18. Jayasri,
      Thank you for your appreciation!
      But everybody have something to learn in each and everything,only enthusiasm is what you want to learn.... I am also an amateur in photography...i mean it!!See my photos in older posts,just now I am improving seeing the other blogger,who definitely have skills!
      And i was certainly not teasing,no way! Everybody have their own style and u have your own,right?

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    19. Lovely pictures of the Mochai kottai kozhambu. In my hostel, they used to serve this kozhambu atleast once in two weeks.
      It looks yummy!

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    20. I dont' know if i get this legume here, should find out as the curry looks so yummy delicious.

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    21. I would give an arm and a leg to get fresh Mochai or fieldbeans, I love them so much. Photos look fab, girl, mouthwatering. I do have dry beans, will try this! :)

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    22. It's a new dish to me...looks great Raji!

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    23. I too love mochakottai kuzambu, I sued to soak them and prepare, dry roasting and then cooking is very new to me, they look delicious :)

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    24. Delicious !! pic looks very inviting!!

      chakali

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    25. Hi Raji, I cook a lot of south Indian food because of my Tamil hubby, but I must say that the idea of using whole beans in a kuszhambu is a new one to me, and I love it. I am not sure which beans these are, though: they look a little bit like vaal, as we Maharashtrians call them, but I could be wrong.
      I'm guessing I could make this with another kind of bean, like small white beans or even rajma? What do you think?

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    26. I'm a big fan of mochakottai kuzhambu too.. i see your recipe has no coconu.. different from mine. Must try sometime. Looks awesome raks.

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    27. Mochai kuzham is my fav but somehow I love NV version the most. Here we find the smaller mochai which tends to be bitter taste. I make with brinj and drumstick the kuzhamb, looks pretty delicous with plain rice.

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    28. Nice click dear..Looks delicious :)

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    29. awesome Mochai Kuzhambu, Raji! My favorite too.. I was going thru your recipe for Maida dosai and Poosanikkai rasavangi! They look delicious and mouthwatering.. especially I have an eye on your poosanikkai rasavangi.. Will have to try that soon.. :)

      BTW, thanks for leaving such nice words in my blog!

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    30. this is my favorite,raji. love it..looks so yummy. nice click.

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    31. Oh! I soooooooo miss it! I am going get some mochakottais this weekend. I used to love it, and somehow it got lost with all the other dishes and cooking. Pic is too good.

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    32. lovely!!! the first picture is awesome... the dish sounds delicious

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    33. Wow thats a great looking curry.

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    34. grt pics and recipe. I have not made this and will surely try now:-)

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    35. Mochaikottai is my favorite :)kolumbu is so tempting and yummy

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    36. Wooo, looks spicy and inviting dear. Love mochai kuzhambu so much. Same like you...miss all those dry legumes here, poor me!:( The pictures are fantastic!

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    37. Wow, tempting pic. Have never tried roasting a legume and then adding it to a dish. Looks very delicious.

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    38. Kuzhambu looks inviting! So at what time you want me to be there for lunch dear?

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    39. Wow..looks awesome.I use Mochakottai for making the kozhambu on Thiruvadirai.It is served with Kali which is sumtng like a sweet rice.The picture is wonderful.

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    40. I love mochai! Your kozhambu looks gorgeous. I didnt know that you have to roast it before cooking, I learnt something :)

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    41. same pinch this was my yesterday kulambu... love it and drooling here raji. nice pic.

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    42. Lovely photos! Such a pity we dont get mochai all over the globe! Have been yearning for this for a while now!!

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    43. I love this kolambhu. I used to soak overnight , i will follow your idea. I used to combine with brinjal. lovely pictures. Awesome click. Photos are so tempting.

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    44. Beautiful pictures raji..thanks for the entry!

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    45. Oh my gosh, that first photograph almost had me reaching out to touch my screen.

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    46. A very new kind of recipe Looks so tempting as if I can almost touch it. Thanks for sharing it.
      Soma(www.ecurry.com)

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    47. Hey lovely entry. Kuzhambu looks yummy. Nice pic. I really admire them :-)

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    48. what's the hindi name for these beans? looks very appetizing, Rice and beans is a fulfilling meal.

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      1. I think it's called papdi lilva ......

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    49. Looks delicious!! Great pics too:)

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    50. Hi, I really liked your mocchai recipe. I'd like to know what they call it in the US Indian Stores either in Hindi or English. I know in Telugu they call it Annumulu. Thanks, Rajini

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    51. Hi Rajini,
      Hindi - Val dal / English - Hyacinth bean or field bean :)

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    52. Hey you are doing a great job here.I tried your recepie and liked it.Your blog really inspired me to start one of my own.For a variation of the same dish with a tangy taste visit
      my blog at
      queencook.wordpress.com.

      good luck.

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    53. can we use double beans instead of mochai.

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    54. Sure,try and see Madhavi!

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    55. hi ..this is my first time i am leaving a comment ..but i have tried many of ur recipes ,and all seem to be fantastic...i am keen on trying out this kolamnbhu ....thanks a bunch ....

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    56. hi ..this is my first time i am leaving a comment ..but i have tried many of ur recipes ,and all seem to be fantastic...i am keen on trying out this kolamnbhu ....thanks a bunch ....

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    57. Hi Raks,

      I love mochai and with Sambhar powder I think u hv simplied it I will surely try it out.. u know my Mother-in-law makes tasty mochai kuzhambhu but 5 months back she has expired [I didn't learn from her] will let u know the result

      Shankari

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    58. i was searching about this beans finally ended up in your blog..nice mochakottai kuzhambu..what's this in english ..
      really delicious one yarr..loved the presentation..thanks for sharing.

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    59. Thank you dhalphena, for taking time and leaving feedback here,it means a lot to me! Shankari and pranithanks a lot! I am very gald u like this!

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    60. hi Raji,

      I live in Simei too..Would definitely like to meet you in person..

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    61. Hi sailaja,
      I live in Pasir ris now,need to update in the profile :) anyway do mail me we shall meet up some time,we are near by only anyway...:)

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    62. Hello Rak's,

      Came across your blog while surfing for mooli paratha recipe but I liked your posts so much that I ended up reading other recipes too, especially kuzhambu. I've heard about these dishes and now that I have the recipe, i'll give it a try.

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    63. Nice recipe.Just a question.We need to dry roast mochakottai and soak it overnight or can cook immediatly after dry roasting.Thanks in advance.

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    64. Nice recipe.Just a question.We need to dry roast mochakottai & soak it overnight or can pressure cook it directly after dry roasting.Thanks in advance.

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    65. You need not soak compulsory, just make sure you pressure cook until soft and let it boil until soft. But soaking can also be done. For that you don't even have to roast. Just soak overnight.

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    66. Hi raji
      The speciality of you and your blog is Presenting.Ur pictures are super.......
      i cant resist myself without trying immediately....
      thanks raji..

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    67. Hi Raji,

      I just started following your recipes and it is nice that you have proper illustrations for each and every step. It would be nice if you can add the poli recipe. Looking forward to it.

      Thanks.

      Annamalai

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    68. Luks awesome... Slurp slurp...

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    69. hi i tried this one, but i didn't get a thick consistency. :(

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    70. I tried this with lima beans today... It came out deliciously well!!! Ur measurements are perfect!!!! :)

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    71. Hi raks, yummy recipe.. a quick question.. can i make this with fresh green mocha rather than the dried ones. Please reply :)

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      1. You can try, but dried mochai when roasted lends a great flavor in this kuzhambu. So try both version and see the difference.

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    72. another question too... you said garlic-whole.. you meant the whole pod, right ?

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