Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Vendaikai More Kuzhambu !


Vendaikai More Kuzhambu (Okra in Buttermilk Stew) is one of the classic dishes that is very effortless and can be made in minutes. It is often paired with Parupu Usili which is a little elaborate dish and these both served with rice is a wonderful and delicious meal in Tamilnadu. More kuzhambu is generally made with many other vegetables but my favourite is always the one made with okra :)
I will post the Parupu Usili recipe too soon. Meanwhile enjoy this more kuzhambu recipe !



INGREDIENTS

To Grind to a smooth paste
  • 1 tbsp Toor Dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1 tsp Rice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coconut
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 2 Green Chillis
  • 1 piece Ginger
To Temper
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 2 Red Chillis
Others
  • a pinch of hing (Asafoedita)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/2 cup thick yogurt / curd
STEPS
  • Soak rice, dals, coriander seeds and jeera for 15 - 30 minutes in little water. If using dessicated coconut then soak that also with the others.
  • Chop the okra into 1 1/2 inch pieces.


  • Heat a tbsp oil in a pan and fry the okras. Sprinkle some salt and fry for 4 - 5 minutes till they slightly change color and well fried and cooked.
  • Grind the soaked ingredients with chillis, ginger and water to a smooth paste.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add the ground paste and 2 cups of water. Add salt, hing and turmeric and start cooking it on medium flame.
  •  Let the mixture come to a boil and cook for 5 - 7 minutes in medium flame.
  •  It starts thickening as the rice n dal in that gets cooked.
  • Take the yogurt / curd and add a cup of water and beat well to form a smooth buttermilk.
  • Now lower the flame and add the buttermilk slowly and keep stirring.
  •  Add the fried okras to it and after 2 minutes turn off stove.
  • In a tadka pan heat oil, add mustard seeds and once it crackles add Jeera, curry leaves and broken dry red chillis.

  •  Turn off stove and pour this tadka on the kuzhambu and mix well.

NOTES

  • Instead of Okra, you can also use pumpkin, Bottle Gourd, chow chow (Chayote) etc.
  • Make sure you dont overcook the kuzhambu after adding buttermilk , else it will curdle.
  • Serve with Rice and Parupu Usili, a classic combo in any Brahmin household.
  • Thickness can be adjusted as per liking. We like it a bit thick. You can add more water if you want it to be thinner.

With Love,

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