April 30, 2011

Southekaayi Majjigeguli (Yellow Cucumber Curd gravy)

Majjigehuli (or morkozhambu in Tamil) along with Thovve (Elai paruppu - Boiled and seasoned toor dal) forms an integral forms an part of Karnataka Cuisine. Majjigehuli (loosely translated as spicy curd gravy) can be made with a lot of veggies (Ashgourd, Yellow Cucumber, Chow Chow etc). Tamilians even add Sundakkai to Morkozhambu. But as this particular recipe is Authentic Karnataka, I shall use Yellow Cucumber (called Dosakaya in Telugu) for this Majjigehuli.

Sending this to Aruna's COOKING WITH SEEDS EVENT (Coriander) originally conceived by PRIYA

Preparation time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 10+10 mins. Serves : 3


  • Yellow Cucumber (diced in big pieces) - 2 cups
  • Slightly sour Curd (or sweet curd, if you prefer) - 2 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • For tempering : Oil (1 tsp), Mustard seeds(1 tsp), Red chilly (1 no), Curry leaves.

Masala paste:
  • Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya) - 2 tbsp
  • Jeera (Cumin) - 1/2 tsp
  • Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Methi seeds (Fenugreek) - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 3
  • Hing - 1 tsp
  • Fresh Grated coconut (or dry copra) - 1/3 cup

1) Boil cubed pumpkin with salt till 90% done (if using pressure cooker, leave for 2 whistles)
2) In a skillet, fry methi seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies, channa dal, jeera one by one in abt 1 tbsp of oil.
3) Cool the above masala and grind to a smooth paste with turmeric, hing and coconut.
4) Whisk the curd well and add masala paste to it, and prepare a dosa - consistency like mixture by adding water. Check for salt.
5) In a pan, add the cooked veggies and the masala paste. Cover and cook on low heat till the masala incorporates into the curry and thickens a bit.
6) Prepare the tempering and pour to the Majjigehuli.
7) Serve hot with rice and papad !


  1. Love this tangy curry.I make this curry using the big green cucumber,next time will try with yellow cucumber.

  2. I am sure that masala paste takes this dish to another level!..very nicely made..I love all our traditional dishes..so simple yet so tasty!


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