Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kathirikai mochai kulambu|Brinjal kuzhambu

Mochai and kathrikai are nice combo, we do this for every pongal. A simple south Indian sambhar goes well with rice. Mochai known as field beans will be available in Indian stores all time with vaal liva beans (Deep brand) on the cover. This time I got fresh in our stores. My sister in law bought and cleaned this for me :). Thanks to her. If you don't get this mochai try with any vegetable of your choice.

  • Kathrikai (Brinjal) - 3, slit lengthwise
  • Mochai (Field beans) - 1/2 cup
  • Toor dal - 1 cup
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Sambhar powder - 2 tsp
  • Tamarind - lemon sized ball
  • Salt - to taste
To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp


Clean and rinse mochai, if using fresh ones. Boil in water with little salt. Pressure cook the toor dal. Extract 1/2 cup of juice from tamarind discarding the pulp.

Heat a wok or sauce pan with 1/4 cup of water, add tomatoes and brinjal. After brinjal is cooked add the mochai.

Then add sambhar powder and salt. Let it boil for 3 minutes.Add the tamarind extract and boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Then transfer the cooked toor dal to the wok. Boil for 5 minutes. Check for salt and water. If it is too thick, add water. Heat a small pan and add all the ingredients given to temper and transfer to the sambhar. 

Serve with any vegetable curry or papad.

  • If you don't have sambhar powder use red chilly powder - 1 tsp and coriander powder - 2 tsp and turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.


DivyaGCP said...

We were hunting to get this mochai kottai for Pongal, but couldnt get it..
Love this combination.. Kuzhambu looks delicious and inviting..

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

It's like learning a foreign language! But it sure is fun. Thanks.

Sangeetha said...

this is my mom's fav combo...kuzhambu looks yummy, great with rice n papad...

Hema said...

Love this combination, great with all the poriyals you make for Pongal..

Julie said...

this is a very healthy kulambu,delicious!!
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Sangeetha Priya said...

My mom makes similar to this, wonderful preparation n presentation, loved it!!!

Aruna Manikandan said...

delicious combo....

Chitra said...

I love this combo. bookmarked :)

Sona S said...

Healthy and delicious kuzhambu

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Srimathi said...

I love this combo. We get soy beans not mochai here, looks divine.

Priya said...

My all time favourite kuzhambu, serve me with rice and papads,i can survive for many days.

PT said...

i love to add nethili in this kuzhambu :)

Latha Madhusudhan said...

I luv mochai very rare we get it here. It gives such a nice flavor and taste to the dish.

Luv the recipe.

Menaga sathia said...

Super tempting kuzhampu!!

Lizy said...

very inviting combo.love the beans.

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