Vendhya keerai mor kuzhambu or methi leaves mor kuzhambu, south-indian style yogurt stew. Keerai Mor kuzhambu made of fresh fenugreek leaves, delicately cooked with coconut and chilies masala, topped with whisked sour yogurt.
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Keerai is the Tamil word for spinach. In English, we generalize it with one word spinach, but in most of the Indian languages we call the green with its specific name.
Today's recipe is Vendhaya Keerai mor kuzhambu, Fresh methi/fenugreek leaves cooked in fresh masala made of coconut, green chilies and soaked dal, and finally topped with whisked sour yogurt. Check this delish vendhya keerai sambar
Mor Kuzhambu | Mor Kulambu | Moru Curry
The difference between the recipes across the state is the coconut masala that goes into the cooking of vegetables. In Tamilnadu we use soaked dal along with coconut and green chilies, whereas most of the Kerala based yogurt stews use only coconut, green chili and cumin seeds. This makes a lot of difference in taste as well as the consistency of the dish.
Today's Lunch Thali
Today's lunch thali features
- Steaming hot rice with ghee
- Vendhayakeerai More Kuzhambu | Methi leaves yogurt gravy
- Beans Paruppusili
- Tomato Rasam, sans the garlic. The best rasam that will help you to ease your sinuses.
- Basbousa , middle eastern semolina cake, a recent recipe in the blog, that is getting lot of attention
- Spinach : the hero ingredient of this curry. I have used fresh fenugreek leaves, also known as methi or vendhaya keerai in local language, to make this mor kuzhambu.
- Spice : This mor kuzhambu uses chilies, ginger, curry leaves along with chana dal, toor dal and coriander seeds, for a fresh masala paste along with coconut.
- Yogurt : i m using store bought fresh full fat sour yogurt and water for this gravy.
- Tempering : coconut oil is preferred for tempering, along with mustard seeds, cumin, red chilies and lots of curry leaves.
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- I have used 3 bunches of fresh methi leaves for the recipe. Chop the root portion off, and roughly chop the rest of the methi leaves and wash it in water well. Drain and keep it aside.
- Soak both the dals along with coriander seeds, cumin, chilies, curry leaves and ginger in water for 20 minutes.
- Now take the soaked ingredients in a blender jar, add coconut to this and grind it to a smooth paste.
- Heat a pan with 1 teaspoon of oil, when hot splutter mustard seeds. Add the drained methi leaves and saute for a minute or two. After a minute of two, add the ground fresh coconut paste to this.
- Add salt and turmeric powder. Cook for around 8-10 minutes until the rawness of the masala escape.
- Now reduce the flame to simmer, add the diluted curd water mixture to this. do not allow this to boil. The mix would start bubbling from the edges after 5-6 minutes. Take it off the heat.
- Now for the final tadka, heat a 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds. Add 2 broken red chilies and cumin seeds with fresh curry leaves. Pour this sizzling tadka over the mor kuzhambu and serve it along with rice.
Mor kuzhambu makes a yummy combo with paruppu usili. It also makes a fitting side with upma and adai varieties.
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Vendhya Keerai Mor Kuzhambu | Mor Kuzhambu | South Indian Lunch #12
- Indian style mixie or any heavy blender
- 3 bunches fresh vendhya keerai | fenugreek leaves | methi leaves, approximately 3-4 cups tightly packed
- 1 cup sour yogurt, preferably full fat
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
For Coconut Masala
- ¼ cup fresh coconut
- 4 green chilies
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 tablespoon chana dal/gram dal/Kadalai paruppu
- 1 teaspoon Tuvar dal/toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- 2 teaspoon coriander seeds/dhaniya
- few curry leaves
- 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil divided between initial tempering and final tadka
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds/kadugu plus another ¼ teaspoon for the intital tadka
- ¼ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- 2 nos red chilies broken
- curry leaves
- Prepare the methi/vendhaya keerai. Chop off the roots, roughly chop the spinach, immerse in water for 10 minutes, drain and set aside until use.
- Soak both the dals, along with coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves in ½ cup water for the masala. Let this soak for a minimum of 15 - 20 minutes.
- Mix the curd and water in a wide bowl. Use a whisk, combine it all together in to uniform liquid
Let us make the masala paste
- Take the soaked dals and other ingredients in a blender jar, along with that soaked water, add fresh coconut and grind it to a fine paste. No need to add water as we are taking it along with the soaking water. Keep aside until use
Now let us make the Keerai mor kuzhambu
- Heat a thick bottom pan with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, when hot splutter mustard seeds and hing.
- To this hot tempering, add washed and drained methi leaves and sauté for a minute or two.
- add the ground coconut masala to this. Add ½ cup of water to the mixer jar, wash and add that water also to the pan. Mix well.
- Now to this add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and allow this to cook in a medium flame until the rawness of the fresh masala escapes.
- Once the rawness escapes, that takes about another 8-10 minutes. Reduce the flame to simmer. Add the whisked yogurt to this and mix well
- After adding curd mix, the gravy shouldn't boil, as it will curdle the gravy and liquify it. So keep the flame to absolute minimum
- Once you see bubbles around the edges of the pan, take it off the heat.
Let us add Tadka
- Heat coconut oil in a tadka pan, once hot splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaves and broken red chilies finally add cumin seeds and pour this sizzling tadka over the mor kuzhambu.
- Serve this delicious mor kuzhambu with rice. I served this as a side to a weekday lunch thali along with beans paruppusli and rasam.
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.