Mochai kulambu recipe |mochai kottai kara kuzhambu recipe

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Mochai kulambu recipe |mochai kottai kara kulambu recipe with step by step photos and video recipe.Tasty south Indian/ Tamil style curry recipe for rice made with field beans/ butter beans/mochai kottai. 

this kara Kulambu recipe not only goes with rice but also is good for dosa and idli. I have used fresh mochai here in this recipe. but dried ones are also available. If using dried ones, soak it overnight before you cook them.

Mochai kulambu recipe

We follow the regular mochai pulungari or the regular mochai murungai kulambu at home whenever mochai is in season. but for a change last time, i made this kara kulambu and my mom loved it. since then, i wanted to shoot it and finally got some time for it.

you can also try this recipe with other bean varieties like cow peas, chickpeas or any other bean. it goes great with rice and cabbage poriyal or carrot poriyal

mochai kuzhambu recipe

Mochai kottai kara kuzhambu recipe

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Mochai kulambu recipe

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


to cook mochai

  • 1.5 cups fresh mochai
  • 2.5 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

to saute and grind

  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 10-12 nos garlic
  • 2 medium tomato chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp sambar powder
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut

for making curry

  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp tamarind water


  • pressure cook the fresh mochai with salt, turmeric powder and water for 4-5 whistles. open and keep it aside

to saute and grind

  • heat oil and fry onions and garlic until slightly brown.
  • next, add the tomatoes, salt and fry till mushy. 
  • to the mushy tomatoes, add coriander powder, chilli powder, sambar powder and grated coconut. mix well. 
  • fry till raw smell leaves and then cool and grind it to a fine paste. 

for making curry

  • in same pan, heat oil and crackle mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. 
  • further add chopped onions, curry leaves and garlic and fry for a minute. 
  • also add chopped tomatoes and mix well. saute till mushy. 
  • lastly, add tamarind water, cooked beans, prepared masala paste, adjust salt and mix well. 
  • close and cook for 20 minutes in simmer. 
  • open and mix well. serve with rice and poriyal.


mochai kulambu recipe step pics

1.wash and take the fresh mochai in a pressure cooker and add turmeric powder, salt and water enough for the beans to get cooked. approximately the quantity until it gets immersed. close and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. open and keep it ready until use. 

Mochai kulambu recipe

2. while the bean gets cooked, lets prepare the masala. heat oil in a pan and add onions, garlic and saute till it is slightly brown. 

Mochai kulambu recipe

3. add chopped tomatoes, salt and saute until it is mushy. 

Mochai kulambu recipe

4. once the tomatoes are cooked, add the coriander powder, chilli powder, sambar powder and grated coconut. mix well and fry until raw smell of coriander powder goes off. let it cool and grind to a fine paste and keep it aside until use. 

Mochai kulambu recipe

5. heat oil in the same pan and crackle mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. once it crackles, add chopped onions, curry leaves and garlic.

fry for a minute until slightly brown.

Mochai kulambu recipe

6. add chopped tomatoes and fry till mushy. 

Mochai kulambu recipe

7. to the onion tomato, add the cooked beans along with the water and also add tamarind water. soak the tamarind in water and squeeze out 2-3 tbsp of tamarind water. do not add more tamarind water and it becomes puli kulambu.

Mochai kulambu recipe

8. now, to this add the prepared masala paste and mix well and add salt. (note that we have added salt to the mochai separately and while preparing masala also, so only if needed add it)

Mochai kulambu recipe

9. close and cook in medium/simmer for about 20 minutes or until the raw smell of masala goes off and oil leaves out the sides. 

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