Mor Kali

Mor Kali

Mor kali is one of my childhood favourites. Slightly gooey and tangy, it can be prepared in a jiffy. No vegetables to chop and no spices to grind. The only catch is to keep stirring it for about 15 minutes until everything comes together. It also needs more oil to get it moving, without clinging onto the sides of the pan.

To avoid excessive oil and constant stirring, I make this in the microwave. It cuts down the cooking time and the taste is just the same as the traditional one. Except, for those tasty burnt bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Well, you have to loose some to gain some.

Though red chillies are the usual norm in this kali, my mom replaces them with ‘mor milagai’ (green chillies that are marinated in yogurt+salt and sun-dried). These cured and sun-dried chillies stay forever, if stored properly. These chillies are not hot, but aromatic and flavourful. When needed roast a few in very little oil and store in an air-tight container for about 10 days. They go well with yogurt rice, pulao etc. If you can get them, be sure to use in this recipe.

Mor Milagai - Raw And Raosted

Chillies cured in yogurt sun dried - Raw and roasted

I don’t make tadka or seasoning in a microwave oven, due to prior bad experiences. If you are comfortable, this dish can be entirely done in the microwave. This is my entry to Microwave Easy Cooking – Tiffin, hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons.

Ingredients

Rice flour – 1 cup
Buttermilk – 3 cups
Salt – about 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Urad dal – 1 tbsp
Chana dal – 1 tbsp
Mor milagai/Chillies cured in yogurt or Red chillies – 4
Oil – 1 tsp

Method

In a microwave safe bowl, mix rice flour, buttermilk and salt without any lumps. The mixture should be of idli/dosa batter consistency. Heat oil in a seasoning pan over stove-top, splutter mustard seeds, and roast urad dal, chana dal and yogurt-chillies. Add this to the rice flour + buttermilk mixture. Mix well and cook in the microwave for 10 to 13 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. The kali will stick to the sides of your mouth when not fully done. The mixture will thicken and become translucent when cooked.

If desired, transfer to a well oiled plate, smoothen the top and let cool. Cut into 2 inch squares and serve. Else, serve like a pudding. The kali can be cooked longer for a crumbly texture.

Mor Kali

Other versions of kali at The Singing Chef, and Menu Today.

43 comments:

easycrafts said...

I once tried it out on the stove and it was so so in taste...will try your version now..thanks for sharing

Srivalli said...

Looks great suganya..thanks for the nice entry!

Vcuisine said...

Another beautiful presentation by you Suganya. Lovely it is. Viji

Padmaja said...

Never heard of this Su but looks so delicious!! and thos chillies, just to die for, I always have one with my yoghurt rice!!

Asha said...

I have seen this in many blogs, I have got to try it once. I love dry and fried chillies too, whole plate looks gorgeous!:)

Siri said...

Suganya - The dish is simple and the pics are so droolworthy.. :D

will try this Mor kali soon..:)

Miri said...

I am a complete yoghurt lover and this dish looks like just the thing I would love....thanks for posting this simple recipe.

Nags said...

I LOVE the colors in the first pic! :)

masalamagic said...

wow how innovative! i've never made mor kali at home suganya! though i love the taste - i will have to forwrad this post to my cousin - she loves this and misses this so much form he rpaati's cooking - with such an easy recipe - both of us are going to try it for sure!
hey i tried your swiss chard masiyal! it was yummy - also was inspired by your post on alternative keerai's to tried Broccolli rapini (a leafy broccolli) - i made porcha kootu out of that! Thanks!

Namratha said...

I've never heard of this one until now Suganya, looks good. Fairly simple way to make it too, will give it a try :)

Manasi said...

Looks nice!! u make the simplest dishes look so glamourous & tasty!!!

Mythreyee said...

what a wonderful recipe suganya. A very good tempting photo too.

Lata said...

I will try this tonight. Was looking for some ideas for dinner.

Mishmash ! said...

This is absolutely new to me.....a friend of mine uses similar set of ingredients and makes something like dosa....

KayKat said...

Delicious! Mor Kali is an eternal favourite. Can't wait to make it again after seeing these pix!

Laavanya said...

I've always wanted to try this based on how my friend used to ooh and aah about it but still haven't. I love the addn. of mor-milagais

Suganya said...

Thank you to each and every one of you for leaving your trail. I am glad to see that this simple dish being liked by so many of us.

bittersweetblog said...

I've never heard of anything like this, but it's certainly an enticing concept... Especially since I'm without a kitchen in my dorm, a dish made in the microwave is a wonderful thing!

remya said...

looks fab!!!! beautiful presentation...

Dhivya said...

awesome..Thanks for sharing

Shankari said...

They look soo good. I have never had this.I think my mom has made this at home and I have refused to even look :)

musical said...

God, the first picture looks sooooooooo appetizing, i wish i cud get some for my lunch now! This is what i would call comfort food! thanks, dear!

Revathi said...

mor kali looks good. I think to get it without lumping is the trick..

Jayashree said...

I have never made this myself though I remember my mother making this quite often. Your version sounds easy. Will let u know how it turns out after i try it out. thx.

Susan said...

As much as I love my sweets, when an extraordinary savory catches my eye, I'm a goner. So beautiful, and I'm so intrigued by the mor milagai. Delicious.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, this ones new to me... Sounds ez too!! Thanx for sharing

Cynthia said...

I love to suck on those curd chilies. I really like the flavour.

Bharathy said...

This is a wonderful recipe, Sugi..
I have not tried this yet..
Should be a comforter too!

Divya Kamath and Chaya Kamath said...

Wow, what can we say- Your blog is just incredible!! We drool wach time seeing your food pics!

Kribha said...

This is one of my childhood favs. But I donno why I never tried it after 7 years of self-cooking. I think it's just about time to try out your recipe.

Maya said...

I love moor milaga!! I eat it with sambhar all the time.
Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

vegeyum said...

Oh just one word for this. Y U M .

I came across those chillies soaked in yoghurt recently in India - Kerala, I think. They sound delicious. Is there a recipe for them?

Suganya said...

Vegeyum, This post is what you are looking for.

Raaga said...

been meaning to come to this post for ages... landed now :-)

lovely squares Sug... wish wish wish

priyaramji said...

sugan this more kali s simply superb i tried it n microwave ...yummy

Ramya said...

Love the recipe! my mom used to make it for us.... Now I'm gonna relish it by trying ur recipe.... Thanks Suganya

Sunshinemom said...

Suganya, I will definitely try this one for the kids! Good picture - makes it come alive!

RV said...

OMG.. You have a wonderful virtual kitchen... The pics and the details of each recipe stunned me.. I have been reading for more than 1 hour now.. I loved the way you used the whole grains and non indian vegies. Really innovative. Being new to this country and kitchen I have always been skeptical buying them.. I have already bookmarked your blog in my favorites. Keep them coming..

diii_rp said...

This is my all time fav. Haven't tried in microwave. Thanks for that tip.

Ambika said...

Hi Suganya,

You have a wonderful blog! I tried the Mor Kali recipe and it turned out awesome, very little oil and so healthy!! Thanks so much...
I recently started my blog http://ambikaskitchen.blogspot.com
do stop by sometime!!

Regards,
Ambika.

Lavanya said...

Thank you for the recipe. I love more kali and followed this recipe exactly and it turned out very good. Also, cleaning is so much easier. Thanks again!

jillu iyer said...

I simply love this receipe.YOu can make in gas also trick is to put 2 spoons of oil in the pan before pouring the mix then keep stiring the whole dish is 10 mins quick easy especially when u just want to eat something tasty not a elaborate one...

laxmi

ranjani said...

My husband loves morkali but never tried thinking its difficult.
your recipe sounds so easy. I'll try it tonight. Thank you.

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