Mochai Kulambu - Mochai Kottai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe

Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe
Mochai Kottai Kuzhambu is a very tasty curry made with field beans, we also call it kara kuzhambu. It is a typical south indian dish which pairs well with steamed rice and any mild stir fry. Now dried beans variety is widely available in many departmental stores, so stock it up and use them when you want. You can use fresh beans or try this recipe with other bean karamani,soya bean etc too.
Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe

Mochai Kulambu - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Dried Mochai(Field Beans) - 3/4 cup
Tamarind - a lemon sized ball (when diluted comes to 1/4 cup)
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To saute and grind:

Oil - 1 tsp
Small Onion - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1 and 1/2
Garlic - 5 cloves
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup tightly packed
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp

To temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Curry leaves - few torn into pieces
Small Onion - 8
Tomato - 1/2
Garlic - 4 cloves


  1. Dry roast the bean for few mins(optional , I didnt do it this time) and soak it in water overnight or for atleast for 8 hrs.Soak the tamarind in warm water and extract thick pulp. Few readers asked me to show the quantity if tamarind so here it is for you :)Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe - Step1
  2. Pressure cook beans for 5-6 whistles or until soft.Set aside. In a kadai heat oil - saute the ingredients listed under 'to saute and grind'  and grind it along with coconut and fennel seeds.Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe - Step2
  3. Grind it to a fine paste,Set aside. In a kadai heat oil - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' allow it to splutter then add onion, tomato and garlic saute till raw smell of tomatoes leave.Oats Kozhukattai Recipe - Step3
  4. Then add the cooked beans along with the water, then add tamarind pulp. Allow it to boil for 3mins or until raw smell of tamarind leaves.Add required salt.Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe - Step4
  5. Then add the coconut paste along with red chilli,coriander powders and required salt. Add 1/2 cup water if the mixture is too thick.Allow it to boil for 5-10mins until oil separates.Boiling for little more makes the curry thick and tasty too.Switch off once you get the desired consistency.OMochai Kuzhambu Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with rice, can be served with dosas and idlis too!
Mochai Kottai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe

My Notes

Mochai Kottai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe