Same difference - Morkholmbo

For almost every Konkani recipe I post, I unfailingly receive a comment that goes, "we make something similar called xxx" or "this is called yyy in my language". It's made me realize that our cuisine has more in common with its' South Indian counterparts than a deep and unwavering love for coconut.

For an upperi and kootu, we have upkari and koot; for a kuzambu, we have kholmbo and for moar kuzambu, there is morkholmbo. Who'd have thunk?


MORKHOLMBO (Vegetables in Buttermilk)
(serves 2-3)
1 colored cucumber (maggen/ mogge)
1/2 green bell pepper
1-2 green chillies
2 tbsp coconut, grated
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp split black gram dal
a few curry leaves
a pinch of asafetida
1 cup thick, slightly sour buttermilk (or beaten yogurt)

Peel cucumber and dice into cubes. Deseed and chop bell pepper into cubes. Grind coconut and chillies to a fine paste. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and fenugreek seeds. Add dal, asafetida and curry leaves and saute till golden.

Combine cucumber and pepper with just enough water to cook. Once soft add the coconut masala and buttermilk. Season to taste and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Serve as a side with rice and dal.

* Use gourds, beans, leafy veges etc. intead of cucumber and pepper. If using lady fingers fry in a teaspoon of oil then cook either with kokum or tamarind pulp



Blogger Finla said...

Yeah you are write in the resemblence of name.
In kerala we say it mooru kuttan.
Good recipe

2:05 PM  
Blogger J said...

:D I too can say in my language.... This looks perfect for summer.

2:43 PM  
Blogger bee said...

i saw a recipe recently for kholombo powder, and i thought it sounded like kuzhambu. makes sense. the recipe however said kholombo is supposed to taste 'smoky'. dunno what that means.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Saju said...

Hey, I have nothing similar to offer you. Looks delicious. Taste must be interesting with the combo of coconut and butter milk, sweet and sour at the same time. is it?

3:10 PM  
Blogger FH said...

May I?! Majjige Saaru for me which is made with yogurt really, I make it with sour cream here!! Now there, I am relieved!:))
Looks great,I love it whatever we end up calling it. I made Morkootu with Hema's Tamil recipe!
RCI Karnataka starts on 26th Ashwini.Make Kannadamma proud!;D

4:15 PM  
Blogger Suganya said...

Also when using ladies finger, try roasting them till they are crunchy and add them finally to the kulambu. Thats my fav veg in mor kuzhambu.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Coffee said...

In gujju we would call this dahi wadu shaak! hahaha :P

Loved your version of it. :)

9:12 PM  
Blogger Roopa said...

its a great comfort dish whatever we call it love it:)

8:48 PM  
Blogger SMN said...


Nice recipe.. loved it..

7:46 AM  
Blogger Anjali Koli said...

Hey Ashwini nice to see you blogging again.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

HC - aah so mor is common across all states huh?

Jyothsna, Roopa, SMN, Anjali - thanks

Bee - I find so much similarity in the dishes...kholmbo is our version of sambar but smoky? Maybe its the fenugreek seeds?

Saju - it is kind of sour...the cooked cucumber tastes really good

Asha - no, no....don't. Sigh you had to didn't you? ;-D Saroo would be saar right? Is a vegetable added in it?

Suganya - yikes, forgot that part. thanks for pointing it out

Coffee - I think we should have a buttermilk curry day!!

9:57 AM  

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