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April 27, 2009


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I learnt this method from my MIL.My mom’s method is completely different from this.Soon I'll post that too..Most of us add veggies like okra, pumpkin, cucumber etc in mor kuzhambu.But we always make masal vada and dump into it.Kuzhambu gets absorbed into vada and it tastes excellent..My husband likes this combination very much.Once I added oats and made the vada..There was no difference in taste, flavor , crispness etc.It was equally good to the usual masal vada & at  the same time healthy too:)Then i started making oats vada every time i prepare mor kuzhambu.U can enjoy this vada as a snack too ..
So here is the recipe for mor kuzhambu and vada,

  • Sour curd – 1 cup
  • Salt & water – as needed.
TO grind:
  • Grated Coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Green chilly – 3-4 nos(increase based on the sourness of curd)
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch size
  • Small onion  / Sambar onion– 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera – 1/2 tsp
To season:
  • Oil – 1tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – a few
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly –1 no
For Vada :
  • Quick Oats – 1/4 cup ( i used Quaker brand )
  • Chana dal – 1/4 cup
  • Toor dal – 1/8 cup
  • Red chilly – 4-5 nos (adjust as per ur taste)
  • Asafetida/Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – to deep fry
How to prepare mor kuzhambu:
  • Beat the sour curd with little water and add salt to it(Don’t worry even if it becomes watery, vada will absorb everything).Set aside.
  • Grind the first 3 items given under “to grind” with water.
  • Then add the last three ingredients and run once or twice.Make it a paste.
  • Now add the ground mixture to the beaten curd and check for salt.
  • Keep the bowl on the stove and simmer it.Let it boil for 3-4 mins in low flame.Mix it once in the middle.By this time, the mor kuzhambu becomes frothy , it should not roll boil.
  • Remove from the flame and don’t close it with the lid.Let it be open for sometime (otherwise it’ll become watery)
  • Now heat a kadai with oil and do the seasoning part.Add it to the mor kuzhambu.

How to make vada:
  • Soak the dals together for 2 hrs and grind it with red chillies, hing , oats and salt.
  • Add less water to grind may be 2 tbsp.Batter should be thick and coarse.
  • Now heat oil in a kadai and make vada of ur desired shape.
  • Deep Fry on both sides.
Now dump these vadas into mor kuzhambu and keep it immersed for 10-15 mins.

Oats vada

Then take the vadas out and keep it in a separate plate because it will absorb the kuzhambu/gravy.
Yummy mor kuzhambu with oats vada is ready to serve with plain rice :)



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Those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk, as it is more quickly digested. Buttermilk has more lactic acid than skim milk.
One cup of buttermilk has 99 calories and 2.2 grams of fat, whereas whole milk has 157 calories and 8.9 grams of fat. Do check the labels as some brands of buttermilk are higher in fat than others.
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The most of the buttermilk is produced by culture. The milk is turned to curd and is churned to produce the cream and buttermilk. Buttermilk is low fat skimmed milk almost 2% of the fat content. This almost same like milk in appearance. The most
buttermilk produced is produced by the bacterial reaction of the lactobacillus. It is responsible for the formation of the curd from milk. The cultured buttermilk is somewhat thicker than traditional buttermilk but is similar to it in all other respects. The butter supposed to be containing the 90% water , 5% milk sugar and 3% milk protein and 2% fat .
The buttermilk is somewhat salty and sour in taste that is due to the is lactic acid produced because the action of the bacteria. The protein of buttermilk is more easily digestible as compared with milk. 
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The buttermilk is used for various purposes. Ayurveda has described it as good digestive and carminative drink , appetizer and used for treating obesity normally .


  1. hi! nice blog! keep it up! have a nice day. cheers! :-)

  2. Loved the idea of oats vada and mor kozhambu with the vada dunked in it, will definitely try this...

  3. Chitra, this dish is amazing... Should have been yummy and healthy too nice dish for the summer... You can send this to - FF: Summer Treat this should make a great entry...

  4. This looks excellent! Very yummy!

  5. this is a slightly different take on mor kuzhambu. we add turmeric and i have never tried adding vada to it. nice one!

  6. Healthy and yummy. Vada in mor kulambu, very tasty.

  7. Looks mor kuzhambu always get messy...hmm shall try your method

  8. Oh wow something new to me...Looks yum.

  9. New to me..Those vadas are looking crispy and yummy..

  10. The vadas look so crispy, healthy one..ideal dish for summer :)

  11. Oats vada looks yum, love the creativity, good one! :)

  12. Hi Chitra,
    Oats caught my attention :)thanks for another cool recipe to satisfy my oats obssession :)
    Love to read the factobilia in ur posts dear.

  13. Absolutely new to me..Another goodness from you..

  14. Great dish Chitra :) This is so unique! I had never thought about it..nice post :)

  15. this is something new to me and i think im gonna love it!! :)

  16. Love this dish..Adding oats has made it more healthy. Looks delish.

  17. chitra... What an idea.. So healthy and perfect for summer..! Will surely try out.. Do check my blog for FIL season2 :)

  18. Oats healthy n yum..:)

  19. Oats vada looks really yumm n crispy too..i loved the idea of making as tayir vada...will definitely give a try..

  20. oats vada looks super crisp like masalvada.

  21. I love more kozhambu with veggies too and I've always used dhals in vadai too;

    your way is nice, new and I doubt not that it is delicious using oats, good idea :)

    should try that one day :)

  22. lovely kulambu and crispy vada..nice combo....have a gift for u ...please do collect it

  23. Oats vada sounds different and great Chitra...lovely kozhambu.

  24. Oats vadai...youre very creative my dear. It must be very crunchy...

  25. Oats vadai looks crispy. appadiye saapidalam pola iruukku.
    Morekulambu with vadai looks delicious.

  26. oats vada sounds new and fantastic...

  27. Vada with oats and too in moor kuzhambu i am ready to have it!

  28. Mor kuzhambhu is my fav and oats vadai sounds interesting! Delicious recipe!

  29. hi, how r u?, saw this post 3 days ago wanted to do this version but my computer gave me a hath !!, had to do the same old time i want to try this...vada looks yummy..of course more kuzhambu is our favourite....great photos too...

  30. It's incredible how many dishes there are in a cuisine that I never get to see from just going to a restaurant! This is totally new and it looks delicious.

  31. Nice idea i will surely try ... nice post


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