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Dec 27, 2012

Mochai Kottai Kuzhambhu

This is also one of my favorite kuzhambhu .This is very famous in Madurai district. We can see the fresh pods in and around bazaars of Madurai, Tuticorin and Thirunelveli , during the summer season.
You can  add more vegetables to make this kuzhambhu. This  Kuzhambhu is a spicy and tangy gravy served with hot rice.

Dry mocha Kottai (field beans)          1cup
Carrot                                             1no
Tomatoes                                        1 no
Grated ginger                                 1 tbsp.
Green chilies                                   2no.
Tamarind                                        small lemon size
Kuzhambhu Powder                         2btsp.
Turmeric Powder                              ½ tsp.
Salt to taste.

Coconut oil                                     1tsp.
Mustard seeds                                ½ tsp.
Curry leaves                                  1 stem
Hing                                             ¼ tsp.

  • Soak the Mochai bean overnight and pressure cook it with enough water and add 1 tsp of salt for 2 whistles or til the bean become soft. Keep aside.
  •  Wash & Chop all vegetables.  Keep aside.
  • Soak tamarind and extract the juice.  Keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, and temper the mustard seed, chilies & hing.Once the seeds splutter add the chopped vegetables, tomatoes, ginger and curry leaves.
  • Fry it for few minutes; now add kuzhambhu powder, turmeric powder. Fry It for 1 minute in low heat.
  • Now add the cooked Mochai Kottai, and mix it very well.
  • Now add the tamarind juice, curry leaves.  Let the kuzhambhu to boil till the raw smell goes. Cook till the vegetables become tender.
  • Once the kuzhambhu become thick and the bean aroma comes, switch off the stove.
  • Serve hot with rice.


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