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January 18, 2018

Mochakottai Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe – Mochai Kulambu For Rice

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Mochakottai kathirikai kuzhambu

Mochakottai kathirikai kuzhambu  ( Field beans, brinjal gravy for rice) is one of the most popular kuzhambu varieties in Tamil nadu. Now mochai is in peak season. So I bought one kg of it during Pongal festival and started trying varieties of Tamil nadu and Karnataka style recipes. Usually my MIL makes pacha mochai kulambu without coconut (Fresh beans). 

But today I tried this mochai kara kulambu with coconut for the first time today after referring so many recipes. I made it directly in a pressure cooker to easy my job. It came out very well with a nice flavor of mochakottai and brinjal. I loved it very much. I am sure it will taste even better tomorrow. So I have reserved some gravy in the refrigerator. 

Friends, do try this Tamil nadu special mochai kottai kathirikai kuzhambu and share your feedback with me. You can also add kidney beans, brown chana and make this gravy. Ok, lets see how to make mochai kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Mochakottai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe

Mochakottai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe Mochakottai Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kuzhambu Recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Mochakottai / Field beans - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Brinjal -1 no (I used 2 small brinjals)
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no OR small onion - 10 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Grated Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 2 nos
  • Big onion - 1/4 no. Or small onion - 2 nos
  • Red chilli Powder – 1.5 to 2 tsp ( adjust)
  • Coriander seeds powder / Dhania powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Cooking oil or Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few


  1. Wash and chop brinjal, tomato, onion. Peel garlic. Wash mocha kottai. Keep in water.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker & temper it. Saute onion, garlic, curry leaves. After it turns golden, add tomato and saute till mushy.
  3. Add the ground paste, saute till raw smell goes off.
  4. Add tamarind extract,  chopped brinjal, jaggery, salt and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  5. If the gravy is thin, boil till thick. Serve hot with rice.


  • Wash and chop brinjal into lengthy, thick pieces. Keep immersed in water to avoid color change. Wash and clean fresh mochai kottai. Keep in water along with brinjal. (If you are using dried mochakottai/ field beans, you must soak it over night or for 8 hours).Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water and take the extract.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Temper mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds,chana dal and curry leaves. Saute onion, garlic cloves till it turns golden.
  • Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add the ground paste and saute till its raw smell goes off.
  • Now add the tamarind extract, jaggery, chopped brinjal, salt and mix well. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Open the lid after the steam is released.
  • If the gravy is too thin, boil for few minutes till it becomes thick. If the gravy is too thick, add some water, give a roll boil and remove it. Serve hot with rice.
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per your taste.
  • Addition of fennel seeds gives a mild masala flavor to this gravy.
  • Mochai and kathirikai adds a nice smell to this gravy.
  • You can also make this gravy with small onions alone. You can also use cooked brown chana, red beans or cow peas/ Thattai payaru.

Try this easy, yummy mocha kottai kathirikai kara kuzhambu recipe for rice and enjoy !


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Hi Chitra, you have been doing an amazing job. I have tried a few recipes of yours and they have been great. Going to try this one today.

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