February 2, 2012

South Indies: Majjige Huli - Ash Gourd & Buttermilk Stew

An old post with new pictures yet again ..  And, it is Majjige Huli/ Mor Kuzhambu in Tamil ,this time .. I have grown soo fond of this subtly flavoured stew that I actually wait for summer, just to have an excuse to make this more often

This afternoon at lunch, I was just contemplating, how the simplest stuff is sometimes the best and so darn, finger-lickin' good without anything exotic. One of the many ways of enjoying a simple meal is eating rice with a simple yellow colored, tangy yogurt based gravy- Majjige Huli.

Its such a lovely dish to look at. A pale shade of yellow, vegetables cut into large chunks & dunked in a creamy buttermilk-coconut sauce. The tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves & red chillies add a lovely dash of color.

Majjige Huli 2

On Hot summer days, we immensely enjoy Majjige Huli with steamed rice. It has an amazing cooling effect on your body & it really brings out the flavor of vegetables.

Ash Gourd really blends well with the gravy & this is truly one of the best ways to use up Ash Gourd.This is comfort food in one of the most simplest forms.

You Will Need:
  • 250g Ash Gourd -  cut into large chunks & cut the skin off
  • 2 cups Yogurt - Slightly sour or a day old yogurt will work wonders
  • Salt as per taste

To Grind:
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut - fresh/frozen
  • 2 tbsp chana dal - soaked in water for 30 mins
  • 10 green chillies - medium spiced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2  tsp turmeric
  • A small piece of ginger

To Temper:
  • 2 dry red chillies - broken
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A few curry leaves
  • A big  pinch of Hing
  • 1 tsp desi ghee/clarified butter

How To:
  • Cook Ash Gourd with a pinch of salt in about 2 cups of water until completely cooked yet firm
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the list into a smooth paste using little water
  • Add the ground paste to the cooked vegetables & bring the mixture to a boil
  • Add yogurt & salt as per taste & let it simmer on low flame for about 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
  • Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves, Hing & red chili

Serve with HOT steamed rice. Enjoi !!!


Majjige Huli 1

NOTE:
  • If the yogurt is not sour enough, add about 2 tbsp of tamarind juice
  • You could also use cucumber, okra, spinach, Chayote instead of ash gourd


59 comments:

Asha said...

YUM YUM YUM!!! I want some right now! :D

Cham said...

Definetly finger-licking good!

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks yummy...nice click

Vishali said...

wow that looks awsome....good for summer :). As always wonderful snap!

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely...Just love the click Deesha...very inviting.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Slurp!!! mouthwatering dish should go great with rice and dosa...

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks tempting & delicious..

sra said...

" ... how the simplest stuff is sometimes the best and so darn, finger-lickin' good without anything exotic."

True. I also find myself trying out exotic, new and non-native stuff so often, the traditional stuff becomes special, after a while. Also if someone else cooks it, I find it is usually automatically tasty, as I find after several years of cooking and eating my own stuff.

Ashwini said...

Yum Yumm..Superagi ide..Love majjige huli..Slurp

Gita's Kitchen said...

That looks so yummy Deesha!

Madhu said...

You are right simple dishes are the best, I make tthi regularly.
bowl of majjige huli looking so delicious.

Lavanya said...

super yumm deesha..lovely pic !!

Ramya Bala said...

so yummy..we call it more kulambu...we normally add coconut oil instead of ghee..thats the only difference..i just love this curry..v.good one deepthi

Poornima Nair said...

That stew looks delicious. Very tempting. Great pic.

A_and_N said...

Reminds me of my Ajji's cooking :(

ARUNA said...

awesomeeeee dish Deesha!Nice pic!

Indhu said...

simple and yummy :)
totally love the bowl and the spoon :)

luckysanjana said...

seriously the simplest of foods as usually the tastiest...........this sounds like the perfect summer feast..........

Uma said...

looks absolutely delicious. So true! Simplest foods are always the best!

n33ma said...

My mom keeps making this curry but we call is mosaru saar.
Love the pic.

Laavanya said...

This is definitely comfort food at it's best - simple & tasty. Love the picture Usha.

Sathya Sankar said...

Very delicious deesha, love the colour and the picture.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

delicious stew. lovely presentation.

LG said...

Superb click! Majjige huli jote onderadu majjige menasinakayi ahaaaaaaaaaaa......mast combination :)

veggie belly said...

so true, sometimes its best to keep things simple. love this recipe :)

Sushma said...

Absolutely delicious dish,
I too published majjige huli in the last month :)
It is our family favorite too.

Suparna said...

Hi Deesha,
I too made and published majjige huli very recently, love it as it's really tasty and healthy :)
Thanks for the visit at my blog :) Keep coming.
Lovely snap, nicely presented.
Tc

sowmya said...

lovely picture..looks tempting..

rekhas kitchen said...

ohh wow you are making me drool looks so yum yum nic pic deesha

Priya Sriram said...

Completely new dish to me and looks so yumm! Awesome click, love the bowl and spoon! :)

Pooja said...

wow looking yummy..nice pics..

Prathibha said...

perfect for this summers...Nice pic..

Sharmila said...

We make a dish like this with the gourd and milk .. no it is not a sweet dish ... and yes ... it has a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves . I'll try with buttermilk the next time. :-)

sriharivatsan said...

Wow, this looks yummy...Nice click.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love this one,yummy! Looks very nice !

Dibs said...

Nothing like some tasty traditional home food. Majjige saaru looks very tempting!

Kitchen Flavours said...

New to me. Looks yum.

Jaishree said...

Looks so yumm deesha ! Awesome click!

Jaya said...

Deesha,
simple is always delicious and good , and this looks so yum, beautifully captured pic..
hugs and smiles

Suma Rajesh said...

looks yummy..

Cynthia said...

Oh yes, it is a great dish to gaze upon.

Ivy said...

This looks delicious.

Madhumathi said...

Very yummy stew!I like the bowl and spoon ..Nice capture :)

Pavithra said...

looking so yummy!!!!!!!!!

Varsha Vipins said...

Similar to our Vellarikka Moru curry..looks yummm..:)

Rachel said...

Simple things are always the best.

phanitha said...

Looks delicious....beautiful click...

Purva Desai said...

This stew looks simply gorgeous and healthy

Raaga said...

I brought some ash gourd from the store downstairs... will give this a try.

Premyscakes said...

Looks great and yummy, nice click too.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks authentic. Perfect with rice for lunch!

Trupti said...

looks mouthwatering. Lovely click

farida said...

This looks good! Is ash gourd made a kind of dried whey or yogurt? Was wondering.

Kadhyaa said...

Yum Yum my all time favorite but the recipe is different in mine :)) nice clicks

Ambika said...

I love this, it's called mor kuzhambu in Tamilnadu. Loved your presentation Deesha!!!!

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

One of my all time favorite meals! I made majjige hull just a few days ago :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

love ur pic.. the presentation is so pretty! nothing like majige huli to cool down the body... also love how easy it is to prepare

Ramya Manja said...

wow pics are drool-worthy..my fav recipes,goes well with hot rice and a papad...

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

This is a personal favorite--juicy cubes of ash gourd in tangy, refreshing sauce! My aunt in Bengaluru makes this, and that's where I learned how to make it. Your pictures are so enticing! Totally kicking myself for not buying ash gourd yesterday!