Okra Mor Kozhambu

Kozhambu may be lentil based or yoghurt based.  This recipe is quite popular in south indian households as it strikes a balance with the lentil dishes and is served as a main dish as well.
Generally only one vegetable is used – cooked or sauted.

A quick and easy dish to prepare, adds a variant colour, texture, flavour and taste to an everyday meal!!!

Ingredients to make 6 serves

2 Tbs Coriander Seeds
1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
¼ Tsp. Black Peppercorn
1-2 Green Chillies
½ inch piece Ginger
¼ Tsp. Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp. Channa Dal
1Tsp. Rice
¼ Cup Water
7-8 Small Okras (chopped in half)
1½ Cup Buttermilk or Yoghurt
2 Tbs Sour Cream (optional)
½ Cup Water
¼ Cup Freshly Grated Coconut
1-2 Tsp. Salt

For Seasoning

2 Tbs. Oil
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
½ Tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
Few Curry Leaves
½ Tsp Ajwain (Omam – optional)

Soak the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorn, chillies, ginger, mustard seeds, channa dal and rice in quarter cup of water for about an hour.
Grind the above to a soft semi solid mixture with the freshly grated coconut.
Whip the buttermilk or yoghurt, salt and sour cream with half cup of water in the grinder
Add it to the ground mixture
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When the mustard seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds , ajwain and the chopped okra
Fry for 3-4 minutes
Tip it into the buttermilk mixture.
Bring the Kozhambu slightly to the boil on a low flame and turn the heat off immediately.

Garnish it with curry leaves and it is ready to be served.

Note:  The sour cream is an option that can be used as it adds texture, flavour and taste to the dish.
This dish tastes great when eaten with plain cooked dal or paruppusili or flavoursome podis !!