July 16, 2012

Kumbalanga Moru Koottan / Ash Gourd in Yogurt Gravy (Kerala style)

Yet another mom's signature dish straight from Kerala. Moru kuttan is very common in Kerala and easy to make. This is a yogurt based vegetable curry flavored with coconut. Traditional tempering adds more flavor to the curry. This simple yet yummy curry will woo you for sure.

Servings :  2
Preparation time: 10 mins 
Cooking time: 15 mins
Level : Moderate


Ash Gourd 250 gm
Turmeric powder ¼ Tsp
Salt as req
Red chilli powder ½ Tsp
Water ½ Cup 
Curd  ¾ Cup
For grinding:
Coconut (Grated) ½ Cup 
Cumin seeds ½ Tsp
Green chilli 2 nos
For tempering:
Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ Tsp
Fenugreek seeds ¼ Tsp
Curry leaves A stem
Dried red chilli 2 nos

Method :

1. Peel the skin of ash gourd and chop them into cubes.
2. In a pan add water, chopped ash gourd, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Place it
    on medium heat and cook for 10 mins.
3. Grind the grated coconut with cumin seeds and green chillies by adding little water to a coarse paste.
4. Add the coconut paste to the ash gourd and mix wel. Cook further 5 more mins in low flames.
5. Turn off the heat and add the beaten curd and mix. Transfer to serving bowl.
6. For tadka take a small frying pan and heat oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds,
    dried red chillies and curry leaves respectively.
7. Pour the tadka on to the curry. Serve with steamed rice.


  1. This recipe can be used to make Yam, raw mangoes, raw plantain, pumpkin moru kootan.
  2. I haven't used curry leaves as I don't get it here. 
  3. Adjust the quantity of curd according to the sourness.


  1. Yummy preparation dear..we call it as Majjige Huli. My version is bit different, will try your version sometime!


  2. yummy and perfect preparation...so inviting!!!

  3. Hi Surya,

    Looks Delicious !!!

    Neat presentation:))

    Keep on Dear ..

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  4. Yummy looking gravy, perfect with white rice.

  5. First time on your blog and can see some familiar blOggers too :). I make similar curry but add pumpkin too. Great collection and greater pics too.

  6. Nice recipe. Looks wonderful and delicious.

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  9. suryaprabhu, today only i visited the blog..very nice work yaar..

  10. looks awesome...perfect with rice....

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  12. Awesome kerala style recipe..yummy

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  14. Tired it - came out great


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