Friday, April 16, 2010

Vellarikka Moru Ozhicha Curry: Yellow Cucumber Buttermilk Curry

Vellarikka Moru Ozhicha Kootan
Catching the late afternoon light...

Known also as Moru Ozhicha Kootan /Moru Kootan/ Moru Paarna Curry.....
This dish is made on Vishu day, with the Yelllow Cucumber kept in the Vishu Kani. The recipe follows the traditional method used in the Winter Melon/Elavan Moru Kootan.

However I have used sour buttermilk paste here; black pepper powder has been omitted from the Kurukku [ reduced paste] used for Kaalan. This is pure buttermilk paste with just turmeric, home-made one from-you-know-where! ;-), without black pepper and one tiny teaspoon was enough for this dish. You can follow the tradtional substitute with 1 Cup of sour buttermilk.
I small yellow cucumber, which will yield about 1 and half cups of small cubes,
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 Cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp cummin seeds
2 finger hot green chillies
1 tsp of reduced sour buttermilk paste plus one tsp water/
or 1 Cup of sour buttermilk
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies
1 stem curry leaves
1 pinch of coarsely crushed fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil/ vegetable oil.

Cook the cucumber in 1 cup of water with turmeric and salt.
Meanwhile grind the coconut, green chillies,  and cummin with  1/2 to 3/4 cup of water into a smooth paste.
Keep aside.
Mix the buttermilk paste with water.
Add this paste to the cooked cucumbers and mix well.
Add the coconut paste and bring to a gentle simmer.
Take off the heat.
Heat the coconut oil to a smoking point and temper the mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and fenugreek seeds.
Pour immediately over the cooked curry.
Check for salt  and adjust accordingly.


  1. Love the curry and the photo. lovely shot and awesome background on first one.

  2. Wat a beautiful click!looks so tempting!

  3. Moru Curry looks too good..very great pictures..

  4. butter milk based dishes my favourite.

  5. THat's new to me..looks very tempting...

  6. nice curry and great pictures...

  7. Moru curry looks very subtle and tasty too. Loved the click.

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