June 18, 2015

Morkali , and a nostalgic post......


Morkali takes me back to grandmom when she used to dish this out for an evening snack n it really didn't need any accompaniment . But I must admit it's an art of making the right consistency of morkali. Mor in Tamil means buttermilk and Kali means a gooey porridge kind of semi solid food.

 It was, and remains, my sister's most hated dish. I really didn't know what the fuss was then , for she could eat pretty much everything including my dreaded bitter gourd . To each his own I guess .. Anyway, this dish got revived at my house once mom moved in with us sometime ago n the husband also seemed to like it. 



So like the theme goes for BM this week, just 3 ingredients excluding the salt, sugar and oil. Once you get the proportion right, you are pretty much on track (See Tips below to get the perfect Morkali). I use non stick pan to use very less oil but some people use a deep bottomed iron pan and once the morkali is done,they love to eat the slightly crispy but lil burnt portions of the morkali too :) Like I said, to each his own :D

Made in so many different ways, this is how mom makes it and I love it too :)

Prep time : 5 mins, cook time : 15 to 20 mins,
Spice level : medium, served with Mor Milagai (sun dried chillies, fried in oil)
To make
  • Rice flour - 1 cup
  • Sour buttermilk - 1.25 cups (depends on the quality of the rice flour)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Methi seeds + mustard - 1/3 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a generous pinch

How to make
  1. Sieve flour. In a large bowl, add flour and slowly add sour buttermilk and make a pouring consistency. Rest for 3-4 mins ...Add salt to taste.
  2. In a non stick pan, splutter mustard-methi seeds, add asafoetida and this batter & slowly keep whisking it till it comes together. Sprinkle a lil water and cook covered for 8-10 mins on a low flame.
  3. To check if it's cooked , wet your palms and touch the surface of the dish - if it sticks to your hand it needs to cook more. If not, stir it a bit and cook for 1 min more. Make equal portions and serve hot with mor milagai as an accompaniment .
Tips :
  • Dont play with the proportion of flour : buttermilk. More watery buttermilk will need more oil and cooking time will increase.
  • Buttermilk should be neither too watery or thick. Should be like a pouring consistency.
  • Slightly sour buttermilk works best to get a tangy taste. If you are using sweet curds to make buttermilk for this dish, squeeze in half a lime juice or a dash of tamarind extract to make it tangy.
  • Make sure you use fresh rice flour for best results. Sieving is important to get some air into the flour.

15 comments:

  1. This looks like a traditional dish and a comfort food.

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  2. It is nice to read about your memories around this recipe. It must make the recipe special.

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  3. I guess it's just perfect for the weather we have. Looks great and truly comforting.

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  4. I enjoy this dish so much!..not that we make it often, wish we could..

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  5. Nice reading your post Kalyani.This is one of my fav and I too love the crunchy/burnt part of the morekali sticking to the the cast iron pan.Yum!!!

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  6. Even morkali is a nostalgic post for me, i love this food very much, my grandma's signature dish.

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  7. My aunt used to make something similar. This looks yum.

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  8. Kalis are regular in our homes...perfect for this summer and healthy too..looks lovely..

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  9. Morkali brings lot of memories for me as well. My paati makes this often and hers is the best. She even made it once on my birthday as a cake and made me cut it in the evening. Tempted to come to India and eat my paatis morkali :)

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  10. Here's what I learnt -- There is usually no rhyme or reason why some people like and hate certain foods. I tried for a very long time to come up with a logical explanation for my husband's and kid's food preferences and I'm getting more clueless as time passes. Finally I gave up :-)
    Anyway, your mor kali looks very creamy & comforting.

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  11. Looks very yummy and comforting. A hot bowl of morkali is good for the soul :)

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  12. nice memories surrounding mor kali...

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  13. looks like the perfect comfort food

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  14. I too have many good memories attached to this yummm morkali. Looks delicious with that more milagaI.

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Kalyani

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