Born to a Typical Tamil Iyer Family and married to a Palakkad Iyer I literally have the best of both worlds! This I realised even more with the diffent dishes I have been introduced to by my husband after marriage. One of the staple dish on any tamilian's menu card is more kozhambu (Buttermilk based gravy with vegetables and gram flour/besan). This gravy is watery and my mother makes it the most yum and i remember me and my sister digging in to it and giving a damn if we would pile calories !!!! But the palakkad iyer's (The keralites have a thicker variation called Kalan) have a way with all the dishes. They add coconuts to make it not only more loaded but also yummylicious. So this dish the palakkad iyer style----------
- White Pumpkin (200gms), a few pieces of potatoes (to appeal to my daughter's eating sense)
- Turmeric Powder (a big spoon)
- Black Pepper (a few, or depending on taste)
- Green Chillis (a few)
- Coconut Oil, Mustard, Urad Dal, FenuGreek Seeds, Curry Leaves, Pinch of asafoetida-------for Seasoning
Wash and cut the white Pumpkin in to small pieces and pressure cook the same with a big spoon of Turmeric Powder.
Now for the gravy grind the coconut, green chillis and black pepper to a fine paste with curd.
Mix the boiled vegetables to this gravy along with salt and bring it to a boil.
Season it in coconut oil with mustard, urad dal, a few curry leaves along with fenugreek seeds and a pinch of asafoetida
The morekootan is ready to be served with steaming hot rice. The dish if very thick can be watered down a little (optional). Morekootan can be made with potatoes, raw bananas, yam etc--