Chettinadu mochai kuzhambu recipe is a traditional recipe from the land of Chettinadu/ karaikudi. Mochai / lima beans cooked in tamarind gravy with freshly ground spices. Chettinadu cuisine lovers must try this recipe, it tastes great with hot rice and also a perfect side dish for South indian breakfasts. So its a all in one kuzhambu serves for the whole day.
Here is a tradional chettinadu mochai kuzhambu recipe made with shallots, garlic and masala.
What you need:
Mochai Kottai – 1 cup 
Shallots / Chinna Vengayam – 10 nos
Garlic – 6 pods
Onion – 1 no
Tomato – 1 no
Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies – 1 nos
Curry leaves 
Gingelley Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt as reqd
To roast and ground to fine paste:
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Pepper corns – 1 tsp
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Garlic – 2 pods
Dry Red Chillies – 3 nos
How to make:
Soak the bean over night in enough water, next day discard the water and pressure cook the bean with a teaspoon of salt,2 cups water for 5 whistles. Once pressure down discard the water and use the bean.
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds let it splutter add curry leaves, red chilli, fenugreek seeds saute well then add onion, garlic and shallots saute well. 
Add tomatoes mix well and cook till it softens add 2 cups water, tamarind paste, salt and let this boil for 4 mins.
Now add the ground paste, asafoetida, kuzhambu powder and boiled mochai kottai and let this boil for approx 10 mins or until the gravy thickens. 
Serve with appam, idli or dosa.


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