Earlier in my post on my Ugadi Pachadi, we saw in detail the relavance of the order of items served at a South Indian Traditional Thali.Today we shall see one of the recipes - Kalyana Mor Kozhambu (translated as Spiced yoghurt Curry served at weddings). Now weddings have a special place in South India, and as with the rest of the country, food plays an important role in ensuring the bridegroom family is well fed - both in quality and quantity.
There are several ways to make MorKozhambu as seen here and here - the Mysore Karnataka method and the quasi-Tamilnadu method. Today, this recipe has the authentic Iyengar (Tamil Brahmin) method, and the vegetables which are generally used are Ashgourd / Chayote Squash (Chow Chow), or even Okra. Off to the recipe now, shall we. Sending this to BM # 30 Day 2 under "Cooking with Curds" theme.
Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 4
Ash gourd in tempered Yoghurt Curry - served with Hot White Rice and Ghee
- White Pumpkin - peeled and cubed into 1 inch thick batons - 1 cup
- Curds - 1 1/2 cup
- Salt - to taste
- Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
- Hing / Asafoetida - a generous pinch
- Toor Dal - 1 TBSP
- Ginger - grated - 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Coriander seeds - 1.5 TBSP
- Channa Dal / Split Bengal gram - 1 1/2 tsp
- Red chilli - 2 nos (adjust spice)
- Methi seeds (dry fenugreek) - 1/2 tsp
- Grated coconut - 3 TBSP
Tempering : Oil (1 tsp), 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, curry leaves (few)
Soak Toor dal for 10-15 mins. Fry the coriander seeds, channa dal, red chilli and methi seeds in 1/2 tsp of oil till golden brown, keep aside.
Grind all ingredients under "to grind"
Boil the ashgourd in the 2 cups of slightly salted water and a pinch of turmeric for 8-10 mins. drain.
Beat the curds, and mix the ground paste. Bring to a slight boil, and add the ashgourd pieces. Add salt.
After a single low boil, switch off. Prepare tempering and pour onto the gravy
Serve with hot rice and ghee.