Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Buttermilk Gravy with Ground Lentil Balls | Yoghurt Curry with Lentil Dumplings

Pulse balls, or lentil dumplings, are added to the moar kuzhambu (spicy yoghurt gravy) to make a delicious South Indian dish.

Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Yoghurt Curry with Coconut and Lentil Dumplings | A Life Time of Cooking

Moar (or Mor or Moru) Kuzhambu is commonly prepared in South India and is extremely easy to make, taking almost no time at all to cook. This one includes the lentil dumplings and so takes a little longer. The base for this dish with the lentil dumplings is Moar Kuzhambu, but rather than add vegetables or vatral, balls of ground lentils and spices are made (pulse balls) and added to the base.

S. Meenakshi Ammal’s Cook and See set of books has 2 Moar Kuzhambu (Buttermilk/Yoghurt spicy gravy) with Lentil Dumplings made from ground lentils.

This Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu differs from the second version of this dish. The ground lentil balls are a little different, and steamed rather than cooked in the buttermilk and coconut gravy.

Are you looking for other Yoghurt recipes? Apart from the other Moar Kuzhambu with Lentil Dumplings, try Moar Kuzhambu, Moar SambarAvail – Veggies in a Yoghurt and Coconut Sauce, and Mushroom Curry with Yoghurt Sauce.

Or try other Kuzhambu recipes: Okra Moar Kuzhambu, Green Chilli Kuzhambu, Masala Kuzhambu with Gram Flour Vadai, and Lentil Balls in a Spicy Kuzhambu Gravy.

You might also like to try a host of different lassi drinks.

You can find all of our Kuzhambu recipes here, and all of our Indian recipes here. Or explore our collection of Mid Autumn dishes.

Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Yoghurt Curry with Coconut and Lentil Dumplings | A Life Time of Cooking

Important Reads

Making Indian Buttermilk

When Buttermilk is called for in an Indian recipe, use a good yoghurt thinned 1:1 with water, or if you have thicker yoghurt, use twice as much water as yoghurt. Then beat or churn for about 1 minute. You can also use the Western buttermilk if you can get it; I have found that it also gives excellent results. I tend to use it when “sour buttermilk” is called for, as it has a tangier, sharper taste than you can get from yoghurt. Sometimes I use half buttermilk and half yoghurt.

Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Buttermilk Gravy with Ground Lentil Balls | Yoghurt Curry with Lentil Dumplings

Source : from Cook and See Part 1, by S. Meenakshi Ammal
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil
Prep time: 25 – 30 mins plus time for soaking the toor dal
Cooking time: 5 mins to heat the base and heat through the pulse balls
Serves: 3 – 4 people depending how you are using it. It makes about 2  cups.

pulse balls
1 cup toor dal, soaked for an hour or more
8 dried red chillies
1.25 tspn salt
pinch asafoetida
4 green chillies
0.5 tspn black mustard seeds
6 tspns ghee
1 handful grated coconut– use frozen if you don’t have fresh
curry leaves
green coriander (cilantro) leaves

moar kuzhambu
2 cups slightly soured buttermilk (see the note above on Indian buttermilk)
1.5 tspn salt
4 – 5 green chillies
0.25 tspn cumin seed
0.25 tspn rice
1 handful of grated coconut – use frozen if you don’t have fresh
12 curry leaves
fresh coriander leaves

2 tspns ghee or gingelly oil (Indian sesame oil)
1 tspn black mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies

Soak the dal, drain and grind into a very smooth paste with salt, red chillies and coriander leaves.

Heat the ghee in a frying pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow to pop. Add the green chillies. Add the dal paste, grated coconut and curry leaves. Stir and turn well until it changes colour and has a nice aroma.

Remove from the heat and add the chopped coriander and mix well. Knead the paste well. Roll the paste into balls. You will make about 8 or 9 with this amount of dal.

Steam the balls using a idli vessel or steamer and cook until the balls change colour, about 6 – 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and take the balls out of the steamer.

After churning the yoghurt to make buttermilk, make the moar kuzhambu base. Grind the coconut gratings, green chillies, cumin seeds and rice. Mix well with the buttermilk. Add the salt and bring it to a simmer.

Drop the lentil balls into the stew. Turn once or twice with a flat spoon, taking care that they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Simmer well and then remove from the heat.

Make a tadka by popping the mustard seeds in the hot ghee or oil, adding the dried red chillies for a few moments, and then pouring the oil and spices onto the hot buttermilk.

Garnish with curry leaves and a few coriander leaves.

Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Yoghurt Curry with Coconut and Lentil Dumplings | A Life Time of Cooking

recipe notes
Coconut is added to the lentil balls for more flavour but can be omitted.

Do not add rice flour to the lentil balls as it makes them hard when steaming.

The balls can also be used for rasam or other kuzhambu dishes. Onions can be added to the balls except when adding to yoghurt or buttermilk based gravies.

4 thoughts on “Pulse Ball Moar Kuzhambu | Buttermilk Gravy with Ground Lentil Balls | Yoghurt Curry with Lentil Dumplings”

    1. Hi Kreng Jai, it is just a little work, not much, to make the dumplings, but the yoghurt base is very quick. And you are right – it is very yummy.

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