Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kumbalanga / Ash Gourd Moru Curry

Trying to recapture a favorite moru curry that my amma prepares, that i used to love having with some fish fry and rice. It's a lovely combination of flavors. Every time i buy Ash gourd, i call up my amma to ask for all the ingredients she puts in, for that special taste. Then i forget the ingredients, the next time i buy a Kumbalam. So this time i thought it's best to blog this recipe and save it. Green chili adds special taste to this moru curry.Here is a moru curry i grew up having and hopefully anyone trying this recipe enjoys it too.


2 cups - Kumbalanga, diced to small pieces
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
Salt to taste

Grind to a paste

3/4 cup - Freshly grated coconut
6 to 8 - Indian green chili ( or as to taste )
1/4 tsp - Jeera /cumin seeds
1 cup - Thick creamy & sour yogurt


1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Fenugreek /Uluva/ methi seeds
4 to 5 - Dry red chili
3 to 4 sprigs - Curry leaves


1 ) In an utensil, bring to a boil about 1.5 cup water. Add kumbalam pieces, turmeric, chili powder and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat till the pieces are cooked.

2 ) Grind coconut, green chili and jeera in a blender. Then add curd and grind to a smooth paste.

3 ) Add the ground paste / mixture to the cooked pumpkin. Adjust salt to taste. Bring the curry- just to a boil and immediately turn off the stove.

4 ) Heat a pan with sesame oil. Add mustard and fenugreek seeds. Let the mustard pop and fenugreek seeds brown. Once done, add dry chili, curry leaves and fry lightly. Pour this seasoning over the moru curry and immediately close with a lid so that all the aroma stays in the curry.

Serve hot with rice, pappad and fish fry.


Reva said...

The curry looks so warming and comforting... love the colour..

Priti said...

Looks so yum n this is new to me ..

Suman Singh said...

delicious curry..very tempting pic especially the last one...yum!

Anonymous said...

photo kandappol muthal vaayil vellam varunnu.. pakshe veetil ippo kumbalanga illallo ithu undaakkan...
color looks so good.. will try this soon..

Sushma Mallya said...

I love Ash gourd but I never find them in UK :(...Lovely inviting curry!

Kairali sisters said...

My all time fav with rice, Looks adipoli..

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious and tempting curry,love this so much..tempting clicks.

KennQ29 said...

Love the food! You’re an amazing cook. This menu is fantastic:) It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this. said...

Seriously am hungry now..soooooo tempting moru curry..

mom22boys said...

Looks really yum. I shall try it for sure...keep up the good work!

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