Mor (Buttermilk) Kali

One of the really popular, authentic, traditional snack item from the South of India which is devoured by the members in my family as well, is this age old dish called Mor Kali or Mor Koozhu.
This mouth-watering snack is notably a “grand parents’” delicacy in most homes!

It is prepared with Rice Flour and Whisked Yoghurt or Butter Milk with some spices and fried sun dried chillies –Sun dried chillies are Green chillies soaked in buttermilk and sun dried which is called Mor (buttermilk) Milagai (chillies) in Tamil, Majiga Mirapakayalu in Telugu and Dahi Mirch  in the North of India.  These chillies heighten the flavour and the tastebuds of this awesome spicy tangy snack!!  The Sun dried chillies are readily available in most Indian Super Markets and can be bottled and stored
These fried sun dried chillies are used as an accompaniment with Yoghurt Rice as well!


1 Cup Fine Rice Flour
2 ½ Cups of  Thin Buttermilk **
1 Tsp Salt
6-8 Sun Dried Chillies
1 Ladle of Oil (to fry the chillies)
6-7 Tbs Gingili Oil
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
¼ Tsp. Asafoetida Powder
Few Curry Leaves


Heat the one ladle of oil in the pan and fry the chillies till it is crisp and black
Drain and keep aside

Stir in the rice flour to the thin butter milk mixture, add salt and the asafetida powder.
Mix it thoroughly without any lumps into a smooth batter like consistency and keep aside

Add about 4 tablespoons of gingili oil in the pan, toss in the mustard seeds, curry leaves and the fried chillies
When the mustard seeds crackle, pour in the rice flour and buttermilk batter
Mix it thoroughly and cook for 7-8 minutes on a medium flame in the open pan
Add the remainder of the gingili oil and cook it further for a few minutes till the oil oozes out

The Mor Kali is ready to be served, which can be eaten without any accompaniment or best left to the individuals’ taste buds!

Note:  ** 2 ½ cups of butter milk  as stated in this recipe can be made by scooping three and a quarter cup of whisked yoghurt on to a dish.
Add water to make up the two and a half cups of thin butter milk mixture or alternatively Butter Milk is readily available off the shelves in the local supermarkets and this can be diluted with water