Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mochakottai Kulambu / Lima Beans Curry / Mochakottai Kulambu - No Coconut Method

I had a packet of this mochakottai lying in my grocery cupboard  for a long time which i got from India  . The close name to mochakottai in english is Lima Beans. I generally make curry out of it . My mom often makes this curry without the addition of coconut milk , so I tried my moms version of this curry . Of to the recipe now.

Mochakottai Kulambu  / Lima Beans Curry / Mochakottai Kulambu - No Coconut Method

Mochakottai  / Lima bean seeds / Dried Lima beans- 1 cup
Brinjal - 1 no , diced
Drumstick - 1 no, chopped
Tomato - 1 no , chopped
Onion - 1 no , chopped
Sambar Powder - 2 tsp ( Can be substituted with red Chilli powder + Coriander powder in 1:1 ratio)
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds -  1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Tamarind juice - 1/4 cup
cooked dhal - 1/2 cup ( I used toor dhal ) any dhal could be used .
Salt - to taste


Dry roast the mochakottai in a pressure cooker till it turns golden brown in colour .

Add some water to it and pressure cook for 4 hisses .

Open the pressure cooker . Filter the excess water if any . Set aside .

Heat oil in a wok , add the mustard seeds and allow it to pop . Now add the urad dhal and fry till it turns brown in colour . Now add the onions and tomatoes and cook till it become soft .

Add the brinjal , drum sticks , Sambar powder , hing , salt and turmeric powder and give a stir .

Now add the Tamarind juice and bring the contents to boil .

Add the Cooked dhal to it and mix .

Transfer these contents to the pressure cooker along with the cooked Mochakottai , and pressure cook all the contents  for only oneWhistle .

Serve hot .

Enjoy this gravy with steamed rice and Papads.


  1. lovely i like to have it with curd rice :) that too semi gravy mochai

  2. Yummy curry

  3. Delicious preparation...Looks yum..

  4. Like a sambar without dal but as protein packed if not more because of the beans.

  5. Lots of nice recipes for vegetarians here (and I love Indian food), I will follow you!


  6. need to try this curry ! wil update u how it was :)

  7. Super irresistible curry, feel like inviting myself to ur place.