Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Morkuzhambu (Spicy Yogurt Sauce)

Have you tried Morkuzhambu before, it is a spicy, tangy sauce made with Yogurt and spices and tastes fantastic with cooked Quinoa, rice or flat breads. You can add your choice of vegetables like eggplant, white pumpkin etc. This yogurt sauce is made in different regions of Indian and they are called by different names with different recipes. This is my Mom's recipe and we all love it.

Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time - 10 Minutes
Serves - 4


Thick Sour Yogurt - 1 Cup
Water - 3 Cups
Asafoetida - pinch
White pumpkin pieces - 1 cup cubed
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Salt - 1 Tsp or to taste

For grinding

Grated Coconut - 4 Tbsp
Split Chick Pea - 1/2 Tbsp
Rice - 1/2 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Green chili - 2 or to taste
Coriander seeds - 1 Tsp

For tempering

Coconut Oil - 2 Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Red chili - 2 or taste
Curry leaves - 1 Tbsp
Asafoetida powder - pinch


1) Soak the channa dal, rice, cumin seeds, corainder seeds in 1/4 cup of water.

2) Put the vegetables in a pan and add 1 cup of water or just to cover the top of the vegetables, asafoetida powder, salt and turmeric powder.


3) Grind the soaked masala and rest of the ingredients left out in the For grinding section into a smooth paste adding enough water.

4) Now combine the left out water, ground masala, yogurt and whisk smoothly.

5) Once the vegetables are cooked thoroughly add the yogurt mixture to it and leave it in the stove for 3-5 minutes. Once the whole thing becomes frothy and comes up, switch off the stove. Do not overcook this as the yogurt will curdle.

6) Now heat a pan add oil and then asafoetida, mustard seeds and after the mustard seeds stop spluttering, add red chili and curry leaves. Once the chili becomes slightly brown, switch off and add the tempering to Morkuzhambu.

7) Serve with hot cooked Quinoa and enjoy..

Note - If you are sensitive to gluten, exclude Asafoetida as it contains wheat.

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foodzone said...


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Medifast Coupons said...

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Alisa said...

It looks really creamy.Your recipes are delicious.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this yogurt widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about yogurt recipes,Thanks!

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