Kachimoru/Moru kachiyathu

Kachimoru/Moru kachiyathu

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This is a very simple dish which falls under the everyday Kerala cooking category. At our home, kachimoru (seasoned buttermilk) is an indispensable side dish with rice. Choru (rice) and kachimoru is my comfort food. I was amazed once how this simple dish has such magical effect on people. One of my cousins used to visit us on Fridays, he was a bachelor at that time. I used to make rice and curries for him, usually. So once when he visited me I thought I should make something different from the usual stuff and made fried rice and chicken. When he came home, I told him that I made something different for him that day apart from the usual choru n curry. With a disappointed look on his face, he told me that he was hoping that I would make choru n kachimoru!! Lessons learnt: never underestimate the power of simple dishes (or simple things for that matter) :)

Though its a simple dish, I should say it took me sometime to master this dish. Initially, when I made this it  curdled almost every time :(. I was not sure what went wrong (I didnt know about the magical power of google search that time :) ). Anyways an aunty helped me out and after that there was no looking back :)

Here is the recipe:

  1. Buttermilk – 1/2 ltr/ 500 ml ( room temperature)
  2. Small onion – 4-5
    Ginger – 2 tsp, chopped
    Green chili – 3-4
    Red chili – 2
    Turmeric powder – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
  3. Mustard – 1/4 tsp
    Fenugreek – a pinch
  4. Curry leaves
  5. Salt
    Oil

Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard & fenugreek seeds. Add red chili, small onion, ginger, green chili, curry leaves. Fry it for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder & salt. Mix well. Add buttermilk and stir. Stir continuously until the steam comes through the spatula. Dont let it boil. It will take around 5-7 minutes. After removing from gas, stir for a few more minutes.

Notes: It can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. It’s important that the buttermilk should be at room temperature, otherwise it may curdle. I use low fat buttermilk. If you are using full fat buttermilk, you can add around 1/4 cup water also. I used Al Marai laban to make this

Please see Annita’s Kachimoru here.

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  • ammu

    U knw wht..we need kachi moru daily at home..even if i make other new gravys n keep it along with kachimoru..my hubby will take kachimoru only!! its like a part of our family..and urs looks like the traditional one they serve for christian wedding rice course!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Ammu – its same here too, kachimoru enjoys a real monopoly :) and thank you for your sweet words.

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    I love morru kachiyahtu.
    Simple but really comforting and delicious.
    I love you authentic pan you have served it.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks HC and its really a comfort food.

  • http://www.rvkitchentreats.blogspot.com roopa

    Hi Maria :) Kachiyamoru nannayittundu ketto :) I always had problem to the curdling part. Now that you gave the tip to use buttermilk at room temperature, i will give it a try soon. My husband loves any dish made with curd.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Roopa :) You try using the buttermilk at room temperature and also cook it till the steam comes through the spatula and you need to continuously stir it while cooking and also for a few minutes after cooking. Hope it helps.

  • http://yum-world.blogspot.com/ Divz

    hi maria…
    looks like u have changed the look of ur site…
    its nice!!
    moru curry’s pic is beautiful!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Divz, we changed the look around Christmas & New Year time. Happy to know that you liked it :)

  • Mathai

    Kothiyavunnu :(

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Mathai – go ahead and take some from it :)

  • http://curryworld.wordpress.com veena

    Hi da…
    Hw r u …Kachiya moru looks so delicious ..Even me also posted the same long back …

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Veena and am doing good dear. Will check out your kachimoru post :)

  • http://www.tangerineskitchen.blogspot.com rachel

    one thing I am yet to make without curdling…

    • shyla

      @rachel,
      2 prepare it without curdling ur curd shd b fat free. 4 this u refrigerate boiled milk, remove the cream from top then boil again and use.

  • shyla

    2 prepare it without curdling ur curd shd b fat free. 4 this u refrigerate boiled milk, remove the cream from top then boil again and use.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      @shyla, thanks a lot for your tip…:)

  • http://www.tangerineskitchen.blogspot.com rachel

    Thanks..it worked without curdling…

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Rachel – great to know that it worked for you :)

  • Betsy

    how do u get the buttermilk? do you use plain yougurt keep it out till it gets sour, then boil milk and pour yougurt into it and let it sour?? or can u get buttermilk in church

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Betsy

      For making buttermilk you need:

      Yogurt – 1 cup

      Water – 1 1/2 – 2 cups

      Blend it together in a mixer grinder or a liquidizer. Buttermilk is ready to use.

      For yogurt you need:

      Milk – 1/2 ltr
      Yogurt – 1 tbsp

      Boil milk for 5- 10 minutes. Keep it aside till it becomes warm. Pour yogurt in a saucepan/vessel and stir well. Add warm milk to this and stir again. Cover the pan/vessel with a lid and keep it at room temp for 3-4 hrs. You will get a thick yogurt after 3-4 hours.

      I usually use store bought buttermilk. If you are living in any gulf country, you can use laban to make kachimoru.

      Hope this helps.

  • simi

    thanks maria, whn all i prepre kachiyamoru always my curd will split…now i’m follwing ur style..it s nw cmng out nicely..thnk a lot

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Simi

      Very happy to hear that your kachimoru comes out well. Thanks a lot for writing to me about it :)

  • Latha

    Avial and Kachia Moru are two veg dishes which finish off in no time in my home. Another favorite is beef ularthiyathu & Kachia Moru… I make kachia moru in “man chatty” & it comes out well but never knew the exact time to switch off the Gas….
    Thanks for sharing it..
    I add a pinch of Sugar when I make Moru and it balances the sour taste
    My friends came down for a visit this monthand they loved kachia Moru,especially her son loved it so much

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Latha

      Kachimoru and beef fry is a fav combination of mine also, its such a comforting meal right?

      Happy to know that you found the tip useful :) and thanks a lot for sharing your tip of adding a pinch of sugar. I will try it and see :) Also I havent tried making kachimoru in a manchatti, it sounds interesting, I want to try that too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria

    Tried this one. Came out well. Thank you.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Maria :)

  • Hema

    kachi moru recipie was nice .can you explain how to make a good sambar

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Hema :)

      I will try to post a sambar recipe, let me see :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • arnold

    how to make a good moru for a casual drink in hot day.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Arnold,

      I guess that you are referring to a sambharam.

      You can make sambharam by adding salt, small onion, ginger, green chilli & curry leaves to buttermilk. Mix it well using a blender. strain & use it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Biju

    Njan ethum enu undaki.. ethu kidilan aayi vanu… ethra easy aanu ethu undakaan enu ariyilaayirunu… this is one of my fav item.. :)

  • Sharon Lawrence

    Hi,
    First of all, I need to thank you. I tried the beef recipe you had given and the most fastidious of all people I know, my brother, said it was good.
    Which means it was really good. :-)
    Another suggestion is would you please provide some good varieties of chammanthis? I tried it here but the search results were zero. I know chammanthy is too simple to refer a recipe for normal people. But for the uninitiated like me, it is indeed a must. So please consider. And thanks once again and wishing you all the best.
    Cheers!
    Sharon

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sharon

      Thank you dear for visiting this space and trying out the recipe.

      Really happy to know that your family enjoyed the beef recipe :).

      I do make chammanthis very often and the reason you dont see it here is because I dont measure the quantities. Anyways, I will try to post here sometime soon.

      Please do try out other recipes as well when time permits.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • farheen

    hello maria…this recepe looks yummmy dear…am leaving in china i dont get curd here at all..so how to make it at home?i tried adding little tamrind in warm milk even then i did not get…can uguide me pls

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Farheen,

      Its really surprising to know that you dont get yogurt there!

      I’ve given a tip for making homemade yogurt in one of the earlier comments, but for that too, you need some yogurt (ora). I dont have any clue how to make yogurt otherwise :(

      Really hope that you get it there soon…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • farheen

    i have tried yours butter chicken also its super hit in my in laws place..thanks a ton…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Farheen,

      Thanks dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Haary

    hi maria !!! i m new to ur world of cooking and trying ur recipes one by one from last month.2day i came across ur kachimoru. How can i take buttermilk from Almarai Yoghurt .Pls help me in this since my hubby likes very much.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Haary,

      Thanks for trying out recipes from my blog :)

      Since you have mentioned Almarai yougurt, I believe you are in a Gulf country. In that case, you can use Almarai Laban (full fat or low fat) to make moru kachiyathu. If you are using full fat laban, add some water to adjust the consistency and for low fat, its better if you dont add any water.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Haary

    I tried ur beef fry,egg kabab for ramalan ,butter chicken etc….all came good n tasty!!! but egg kabab collapsed tottally since the filling spreading out while frying…pls advice me for this also

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Haary,

      Thank you so much :)

      The reason for egg kabab falling out can be two:

      1. The filling may fall out if the consistency of chutney is watery, so try to make a thick paste like chutney.

      2. Make sure that the kebab is dipped & coated well with egg whites and also try adding a 1/2 – 1 tbsp of maida (plain flour) to egg whites to make the coating. This should hold the filling tightly while frying.

      Hope this helps…

      Ramadan Kareem to you & your family.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • saminey

    Hi Maria ,

    I just saw ur blog recently , and must say that u’re doin a wonderful job.I tried out ur egg sandwich , it was toooo gud , my mom in law who’s normally very fussy abt food totally luved it ….. today i made palappam and veg kuruma , and aloo gobhi for lunch , the appam and curry was thorougly relished by everybody at home , waitin for them to get back to me rgd the aloo gobhi. thank u thank u thank u sooooooo mch.

    and u’re right , cooking takes lesser time than actually deciding what to make …….

    if u can whenever you have the time kud you please post on sum snacks we can send children …….

    u tc

    keep up d gud work…..

    luv,
    saminey

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Saminey,

      Thank you so much dear :) I’m glad to hear that you tried a number of recipes from here and liked it too…

      I’ve posted a few snacks for kids…check out the chicken sandwich recipe, Nutty Chicken Strips, Chinese Chicken Fry . Also check out the snacks & starters section on the left hand side. Hope you find something interesting…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Dhanya

    Hi maria,

    Congrats for creating such a nic site. i am a frequent visitor of ur site and have tried out some dishes which came out very well. Since am new to the cooking world, it helped me a lot. Thank u so much.

    Dhanya

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Dhanya,

      Thank you so much dear :) Its great to know that you fins this site helpful, thanks for trying the recipes from here.

      Best wishes…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • riyo

    Hi Maria…
    Your website is excellent !
    I’m new to this and and so i’v tried only a few…and it came out awesome…Thank you so much for sharing your menus…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Riyo,

      Thanks a bunch for your comment :) I’m really glad that the recipes came out well for you…

      Please do try other recipes when time permits and hope to see you here more :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Divya

    Hi Maria,

    I have recently started following your blog and must say your recipes have indeed given me confidence that I can cook! :-)

    I have slowly started off with few basic dishes such as veg stew and also tried out the fish curry. They have come out good! Thank you so much for the simple manner in which you dish out your recipes!

    I just wanted to ask in this kachi moru recipe, can we add garlic also? Does it spoil or curdle the curds?

    Thanks again :) and keep blogging!

    Regards,
    Divya

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Divya,

      Thanks a bunch for sharing your feedback here. I’m so happy to know that you like the recipes here.

      You can add garlic also in this recipe & it wont curdle the curry.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Saumya

        Hi maria,

        Guess I would share a tip for not curdling, while heating Moru.

        A pinch of Corn starch or any other starch, would help the Moru Kachiyathu, from not curdling.

        Good Luck,

        Saumya

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Saumya

          Thanks for your tip. I’m sure it will be helpful for other readers too :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • shobha

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for this recipe, it was so simple and tasty, as you mentioned kept in fridge the remaining so it would be an add on for todays dinner, my kids are quiet happy now as he says even i started cooking interestingly for them, i swear i got interest in cooking after seeing ur blog and the comments by all friends,now i tired fish molly and kachya moru curry, so daily one as i get only that much time.Can you pls share a recipe of Meen thoran(Nethal) in case if you have.. thats it for today, have a nice time.Thanks!!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shobha

      You are welcome dear :)

      Thanks a ton for your beautiful comment. I’m so happy that you find this site helpful. Thank you for trying the recipes from here.

      About the meen thoran recipe, I hope its same as meen peera. In that case, I’ve posted a kovakka peera recipe sometime back. It’s almost same as meen peera. you can see it here:

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/fish/kovakka-ivy-gourd-peera-pattichathu

      Refer the notes of kovakka peera recipe, I’ve mentioned about meen peera there.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu

    Hi maria- There is another way to go about making Kachimoru.
    Initially blend the moru,with salt turmeric,Uluva powder,lil jeera powder ,Lil chilly powder (if required) .Then keep on low flame until the spoon gives small flames (dont allow to boil basically).
    U can also add lil kayam (as its healthy) to this.It wont make much diff to taste and it is very good for health and digestion.

    Then try seasoning
    Mustard,Jeera,green chilli,Red chilli,Garlic and Ginger flakes ,curry leaves and then add to the prepared moru.
    It has a diff taste and many people have liked it also.
    Please try and let me know.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anu,

      I guess this is one recipe that sure varies from one home to another :) Back in my place at ekm, they make it differently too…

      Thanks for sharing your version :) Will try it sometime…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu

    Where in EKM are you ?I am also from the same place.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anu,

      I’m from Edappally..what about you?

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sanchana123

    tried it and completed the preparation within 5 min…thanks for the simple and tasty recipe….:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sanchana,

      Thank you :) Good to know you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suryamarysam

    Hi Maria,

    Love the pic of kachiya moru..  reminds me of home :)

    We make kachiya  moru in a different way at home. The difference is we use coconut. We grind coconut, jeera, small onions, garlic, a pinch of pepper powder. This then is added to buttermilk + turmeric powder, we add some ginger too. We then add a seasoning of uluva + kaduku + curry leaves + red chillies.

    Surya

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Surya,

      Good to know that this reminds you of home. Actually at my place, back in Kerala they make kachimoru like you’ve said, except for the pepper powder. I take easy route n hence no coconut ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • georgeroshan7

    Hi therw Maria,
    I have been struglling for ages for the right recipe fot kachiamoru. I used to always end up curdling or messing it up somehow. I tried every possible method but it never worked. Thank you and keep up the great job you are doing. GOD BLESS you.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi George,

      I’m hoping your kachimoru came out well using this recipe :) Its better to add yogurt/buttermilk @ room temp. Also if you want to be extra cautious about curdling, just before adding the yogurt, remove the pan from stove & then add yogurt.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Pam,

    You are welcome! Back home, kachimoru is made by grinding coconut, but I’m too lazy to do that ;)

    Thanks for the comment :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Sutha-Wilfed Thiru

    Today being Friday, I am trying kachimoru today.  It reminds me so much of my younger days especially mum’s cooking and lunch with my parents and siblings.  Thank you Maria.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sutha,

      Hope you liked the kachimoru. Nice to know that it brings you good memories :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • priya

    What kind of butter milk are you using?Is it store brought butter milk/yogurt or home made? 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      I use store bought buttermilk for making kachimoru. if you are in Gulf, you can make it with laban.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jess

    Hi Maria, there is no day that I do not open your website. I have tried many dishes and they all turned out great! Glad I found your website. Thanks again :) Jess

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks a bunch dear for the wonderful comment! I’m also glad that I got a reader like you who visit us every day :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Riyorin

    Hi Maria…
    Its been a li’l long that i’m writing a comment…to be frank i was visiting your website n takin’ tips on n of…but couldn’t write to you….
    SO A BIG THANKS for all the tasty recipies here….today bak again on kachimoru after sometime…so thought to jot down my wishes to you…
    take care….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Riyorin,

      Good to hear from you! Hope you are doing good. Nice to know that you are visiting this space regularly, thank you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Linda

    Hi Maria,

    Firstly I am a huge fan of your site and i have been visiting it for quite sometime now. But today i have a different mission in mind. My parents have gone for a North Indian tour and they are coming back tomorrow just in time for Lunch. Since we belong to a very foody family, i can imagine how much they will be missing our normal Chor n curry.

    Hence i am planning to prepare lunch for them, that’s when you came to my rescue ;-)

    I am planning to make Chor, Moorkachiyathu, Vanpayar Olathiyathu, Onakka Chemmen Fry, and pappadam ( that’s all I can manage alone :-P )

    Hope i can do justice to amma’s and your level of cooking ;-)

    Cheers !!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Linda :)

      I do hope your parents enjoyed your lunch preparation. It was so thoughtful on your side to make them such wonderful and comfort food after their trip.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks a lot Ivy :) Glad to know that you like the recipes here..

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Liza Franco

    Thank you very much for your beautiful blog as well as your delicious dishes. you have explained the minute details even in this simple curry. v tasty.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Liza for your wonderful comment :) It’s a pleasure to know that you like this space.

      Cheers
      Maria

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