Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Mor kaalan

mor kaalan with two types of sevai

This is a recipe from Kerala that is very similar to mor kuzhambu but very, very thick. It involves boiling the buttermilk for about 45 minutes and reducing it. Then you add a paste made of lots of coconut and green chilies and that is how you end up with this tasty dish. You have to use fresh coconut only. When my grandmom used to make butter at home, churning cream, she used the buttermilk by-product for this. The churned buttermilk is very pungent and smells too strong for drinking as such. Since she is from Kerala, she used it so.

This is a concentrated form of mor kuzhambu and so it is made quite spicy. According to my mother-in-law, this dish can be stored and used for upto a week. Of course, because of the coconut, that is a questionable point. Anyways, here is the recipe:

Mor kaalan

1 green plantain, white pumpkin or zucchini (cooked separately in water with some turmeric and salt)

1 cup Buttermilk
1 tsp or more ground pepper
3/4 cup grated coconut
4-5 green chilies

Heat buttermilk in a kadai on a high flame. It will split and boil. Don't worry. Continue to reduce till it reaches 1/4 th the original quantity. Add turmeric and pepper. Gring coconut with chilies into a thick paste. Add cooked vegetable and paste to reduced buttermilk. Add salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Season with mustard seeds, red chili and curry leaves preferably using coconut oil.

It is a spicy dish but you can reduce green chilies if you like. Normally, you should be able to taste the pepper.


  1. Hm, never knew about this recipe. Of course I have to try it now! :)

  2. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Mor kaalan ? We call this ethakka kaalan or whatever the vegetable we are putting in it. Also, we boil the vegetables in the curd.
    is it called mor kaalan in tamilnadu?

  3. We call it mor kaalan. Both mine and hubby's families are from palghat and thirunelveli. So although we are tamil, we make dishes with keralite origin. My mother-in-law (it is her recipe) says that the vegetable becomes overcooked and mushy if we boil in buttermilk for 30 min or more.

  4. Hi Mika,
    just found your blog. My Mom is from Palghat, my dad's a Goan. I married a Malayalee. So I am a bit of everything! Trying to make 'kerala' dishes- not being a foodie, is challenging. But now I've found this site and the recipes are short and seems like I can manage trying them out. Will start with mor kaalan--thats sure to please my hubby.