Friday, October 31, 2008

Spicy Tangy Mochai Curry

When i was in hostel during my childhood, we will wait for Friday's Lunch as we will be served Mochai Kuzhambhu/curry. I used to put the Mochai's alone in a small box and take it back to school for my classmates. we loved eating mochai's a lot those days. I prepared along with Raw Banana, which certainly made a good pair to these mochai's.

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Now Iam happily sharing with you all my Spicy Tangy Mochai Curry. Actually the recipe was inspired from Fish Curry. So those who are craving for non-veg gravy, but still a veg, i can assure you this will please you definitely.


  • Mochai-1 cup(soaked for 12 hours and pressure cooked up to 7 whistles)
  • Raw Banana- 1/2(cutted in round shape)
  • Onion-1(finely chopped)
  • Tomato-1(finely Chopped)

For Grinding:

yyu Ginger-1/2 inch size

yyu Garlic- 4 cloves

yyu Green Chili- 1

yyu Dhania/Corriander Seeds- 1tsp

yyu Grated Coconut- 3 tbsp

yyu Cumin- 1 tsp

Grind the above in to a thick coarse paste and keep it aside. the aroma it arises is definitely not forgettable.

Preparing Tamarind Water:

In Half a cup of warm water soak a small lemon sized tamarind for about 10 minutes. then add the following list of powder's to it.

yyu Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp

yyu Chilly Powder- 3 tsp's

yyu Pepper Powder- 2 tsp's

Mix all the above powders to the tamarind water and keep it aside.

For Tadka:

yyu Mustard-1 tsp

yyu Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

yyu Curry Leaves- 8

yyu Dry Red Chilli-3

yyu Oil -1/4 cup( you can reduce, if you are not using Raw Banana)


arrow_42 In a kadai, add oil and heat it, now add mustard and Wait till it crackles. now add fenugreek and let it turn brown in color, now add red chilli's, curry leaves and roast them.

arrow_42 Now add finely chopped onions and fry them till they get reduced in size and come along together. now add finely chopped tomatoes and fry well.

arrow_42 Now add turmeric powder a pinch and salt a pinch and fry them well.

arrow_42 Add the Raw Banana to it and mix well. let the raw banana cooked in slow flame for about 7-10 minutes.

arrow_42 Then add the Grounded Paste and Mochai and allow it to boil.

arrow_42 Now add the tamarind water and allow it to boil.

arrow_42 Add salt and water accordingly.

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Enjoy the curry along with Rice. It goes well with Curd Rice. Now this Curry is on its way to my-legume-love-affair hosted by Sra. the legume affair event started by Dear Susan. A real last minute entry.


  1. Even though I'm not sure what this is, it sure looks delicious!

  2. Mochai kuzhambu romba nalla irukku..My fav!

  3. Ha ha, i know what u mean by Non-veg in mochai kozhambu :) I love Veg and Non veg version, usually the raw banana is added along with Non-veg.
    Naan ungal vithukku vappida varain Lavi!

  4. Mochai Kuzhambu romba super-a irukku! Naaku oorudhu! :)

  5. Looks like there are quite a few people who enjoyed some of the hostel food as well! This looks delicious and filling, thanks for the late-nite entry, Lavi, appreciate it!

  6. Yummy of my fav...ur's curry makes me hunger...

  7. It is only recently that I've started using mochai in my cooking. I like the way you've combined it with raw plantain.

  8. are rocking with your pictures..lovely the mocha looks!..:)

  9. WOwww a perfect combination with raw banana....excellent choice...looks really yummy am sure it will be outstanding.

  10. Wow....looks good!

  11. Wow looks gr8, tempting and alluring. Something new to me.

  12. I love mochai kuzhambu... but never tried with vazhakai. Very tempting and delicious. Need to get another pack of mochai.. my stash is over.

  13. Kalai..Great to have you after a long gap...

    Meeso, i dont know, what's mochai in english..glad it tempted you..

    Thanks Divya..

    Cham..Neenga kandippa varalaam,,,and you got it right non-veg--but still veg:))

    Late-Night Entry for you Sra...

    Jayashree, Mals, was perfect combi with raw plantain..thanks gals and do try it.

    Thank You Priya..have you tried?

    Srivalli...Thanks Dear!!

    Thanks HC and KF..

  14. This looks incredible. I'm a big fan of plantains, but have only prepared them in Latin dishes. Love the layer-upon-layer of spices - deliciously complex.

  15. hi when to add mochai

  16. Thank U Susan..

    @ Anonymous, Sorry that i have forgot to mention that. Thanks for pointing out. i have corrected it.

  17. @ Anonymous again..You can add the mochai along with the grounded paste, so that it gets wrap up in the masala's. you can also check it up in the recipe.

  18. really like your site to share content, I can learn a lot and the fact that the knowledge I do not know. This is worth sharing, this site did a good job,

  19. Great work. Looks prestige and expensive.


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