Drumstick More Kuzhambu is a spiced buttermilk gravy with the vegetable drumstick. Made with buttermilk, a unique vegetable called drumstick and with Indian spices. This authentic Tamil cuisine recipe perfect for busy weekdays.
Are you looking for a South Indian crowd-pleasing recipe or for your family gathering? or for a healthy weekday lunch? Then this more kuzhambu recipe would be a perfect choice.
What is Drumstick?
Drumstick is a long stick like vegetable that looks similar to the drumstick. It has rough skin and soft flesh inside. It’s known for its mesmerizing rich taste and the flavor.
Where can I get Drumstick?
I have never seen drumstick in the regular stores in the United States. And even it is very rare to get good quality of drumsticks even in Indian stores as well here. So I always go for the frozen drumsticks that are available in Indian stores. Personally, I’m not happy with the taste and flavor of the frozen drumsticks. But no complaints, I have convinced myself as it is better than nothing.
What is More Kuzhambu?
This More Kuzhambu(should pronounce like “more kulambu”), is a yellow gravy made with buttermilk, ground coconut, and with Indian spices. This is is one of the very popular traditional dishes. This suits both to the everyday menu and grand occasion menus, like marriages and other celebrations.
This recipe needs little prior planning and little preparation. But the cooking time is very lesser, it will take a few minutes. Like the amount of time which you spend on making coffee.
There are some dishes always stays on top of your favorites. And some dishes need prior planning. And some dishes need preparations ahead of cooking. And some are instant and does not need any time or special ingredient.
As I referred earlier, making this dish needs planning and preparations. We will divide this more kuzhambu recipe into two stages.
Planning ahead: It may sound super complicated. But it is not, The one and only plan you should make sure that you have plain yogurt in your refrigerator.
Preparation: Preparation also does not involve too much of complicated process. All you have to do is soak a tablespoon of rice and a tablespoon of (split pigeon pea) toor dal for about 2 hours. And that is it.
Such a simple and easy process right? I know you would agree that the cooking part is like a breeze.
I make this more kuzhambu whenever yogurt gets piled up to a big bowl in my refrigerator.
This time also, a big bowl of yogurt is waiting for me to make this more kuzhambu recipe.
This kulambu tastes delicious when made with the drumstick or ladies finger. For the people who are new to South Indian cuisines, these two vegetables may sound weird. Drumstick is a vegetable which is thin and long. Have a thicker skin and have very flavorful flesh inside. And ladies finger is nothing but okra.
Fresh drumstick is always great for making any South Indian dishes.
As much as I love a more kuzhambu recipe, I try different vegetables sometimes. But to tell you the truth, most of the time I have made only with a drumstick. Though I keep complaining about the frozen drumstick, I keep repeat making it.
I planned to make it for today’s lunch. Authentic more kuzhambu recipe genuinely creamy with the mild buttery flavor.
- I wanted to make less calorie more kuzhambu, so I made the curd/yogurt with nonfat milk. And this way I can cut down some calories and at the same time, I can preserve the flavor and the taste.
- But making curd with whole milk is also a good option to receive all the goodness of the milk. The Kuzhambu will get rich butter flavor if it is made with whole milk.
- The kulambu is thickened by adding ground coconut and the rice paste.
- If you want to make instant, you can follow the same more kuzhambu recipe. But add chickpea flour(besan) instead of soaking rice and dal.
- You may also use Greek yogurt or the plain yogurt which is available in the market.
‘Drumstick Mor Kuzhambu’ is a gravy made from buttermilk, for steamed rice. This recipe always comes to my mind, whenever my family wishes for some good light food. My mom prepares this kuzhambu as little watery, but guys at my home always opt for the thicker version. The thickness of this kulambu depends on the ground masala. Adjust it accordingly to your preferred consistency.
Drumstick More Kuzhambu Recipe needs less than 30 minutes for making from scratch. As you know light food always needs a little time for preparation.
So, If you got lesser time for serving lunch, make this mor kuzhambu recipe. And enjoy a healthy, light and tasty food.
Today little bit sultry day, I wished to have lesser spicy lunch. This kuzhambu would be the best option. It does taste great when served with Appalam, Potato Fry.
Few simple tips for making Drumstick More Kuzhambu Recipe:
- Buttermilk tends to curdle easily, so always simmer the flame and allow to cook it slowly.
- Drumstick has hard outer skin, so cook it before adding it to the kuzhambu.
- It is always a better practice to cook the vegetables before in hand.
- The ground mixture of rice, toor dal(split pigeon pea) and coconut acts as thickening agents. Increase or decrease its quantity according to the consistency that you prefer.
- Wish to add more spiciness to this more kuzhambu? you can add broken red chili while seasoning.
Drumstick More Kuzhambu Recipe
- 1 cup yogurt/curd
- 11/2 cup water or as required
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 tsp Split black gram / Urad dal
- 8 Curry Leaves
- 1 pinch Asafoetida
- 1 Drumstick
Ingredients For Grinding:
- 1 tsp Rice
- 1 tsp Split pigeon pea / Toor dal
- 1 tsp Bengal Gram
- 1/2 tsp Methi Seeds
- 1 Red Chili dried
- 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 tsp Grated Coconut
- Soak split pigeon pea/toor dal and rice for about 20 min.
- Cut drumstick into 2" lengths.
- In a pan add a teaspoon of cooking oil, grated coconut, coriander seeds, methi seeds, cumin seeds, Bengal gram and dried red chili
- Roast till they become golden brown.
- Transfer them to a plate and set aside to cool down.
- To a blender/mixer jar add this mixture and soaked rice and split pigeon pea/toor dal to a fine paste.
- Whisk a cup of curd/yogurt(preferably slightly sour) without any lumps.
- Add the ground paste to the curd, add salt, turmeric powder.
- Bring a cup of water to boil, add drumstick along with 1/4 Tsp of salt. Cook until the center becomes soft.
- Discard the remaining water if any.
- Heat a pan, add a teaspoon of cooking oil, add mustard seed, split pigeon pea/urad dal, asafoetida.
- Once mustard seeds starts crackling, add chopped onion and curry leaves.
- Saute till onion becomes soft and pink.
- Add ground mixture, cooked vegetable to yogurt sauce. Add turmeric powder, 1/2 Tsp of salt. Combine everything together and bring to boil. When bubbles start visible on the surface, remove it from the flame.
- Finally, tasteful Drumstick mor kuzhambu is ready to be served with steamed rice.