Having an instant home made powder to make delicious Mor kuzhambu when ever you fee like without grinding and within a few minutes is a boon to have.
Not that it takes a great effort to grind a small quantity of the coconut paste with spices but when you are moving to a new city and living in a temporary home , such recipes come handy as you cannot be eating out all day.
The best part is you can pack this home made powder with a small pack of coconut milk powder too with instructions on the pack about usage. So all your loved ones have to do is , open the packet, use required amount of powder and a yummy buttermilk curry is ready with or without vegetables.
Most stores have buttermilk packs or even yogurt which can be whisked to a thinner consistency, add some chopped vegetable like pumpkins and this instant powder and your delicious mor kuzhambu is ready in 7 minutes or less.
3 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp chana dal ( bengal gram )
1 tbsp toor dal ( split pigeon peas)
2 tsp cumin seeds
6-8 red chillies
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds ( methi)
1 tbsp rice flour or pottukadalai powder / fried gram dal powder
10-12 curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder.
salt can be added to mor kuzhambu .
Take a pan and dry roast ingredients except the powders and curry leaves.. and till they are browned and crispy. Roast the curry leaves separately.Add the powders later.
Add roasted crushed curry leaves and add it to prepared powder and do not grind with other ingredients..
Let it cool and then grind to a fine powder along with the rice powder/ pottukadalai powder and turmeric powder.
To prepare a simple mor kuzhambu.
1 cup chopped vegetables like pumpkins or chayote/ chow chow
1 cup slightly sour buttermilk whisked
salt as needed
some curry leaves. ( optional as the powder has some in it)
2 tbsp of prepared home made mor kuzhambu powder.
1-2 tbsp coconut milk powder, or coconut milk
1 tsp coconut oil ( preferred)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split udad dal
1-2 red dry chilly.
To make the mix even more easy and quicker , you can also add the tempering previously to the mix itself, saving time and effort especially when you have limited pans, ingredients and vessels in kitchen....very useful for bachelors whom we suppose always need quick easy way out of kitchen !
Take a pan, add some chopped pumpkins ( ash gourds or yellow pumpkins or usual vegetables you like in a mor kuzhambu)
Add little water to cook the vegetables.
Add 2 tbsp of the prepared mor kuzhambu powder.
Add a little salt.
Keep some thick slightly sour buttermilk whisked and ready to be added.
Add the whisked buttermilk when vegetables are soft , add a tbsp of coconut milk powder , if you have , mix well
Tasty mor kuzhambu is ready.
If you have coconut milk powder or coconut milk from tetra pack and would like to have it in your mor kuzhambu , add it along with simmering vegetables and the prepared kuzhambu.
Definitely perks up the taste.
Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and 1 red chilly .
Your instant mor kuzhambu is ready in minutes.
Microwave makes it even faster.
Do not allow to boil too much after adding buttermilk as it will split and not tasty .
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