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Shallots Tomato Yogurt Curry | Simple Kerala Style Moru Curry

A comforting yogurt curry to enjoy with rice…

In Kerala cuisine, one of the easiest & comforting vegetarian curries prepared is yogurt or moru curry served with Kerala matta rice. This curry is prepared regularly in some Kerala households & served for lunch. In this dish, ground coconut is not added. If ground coconut is added it will be Kerala pulissery, a popular dish in Kerala in which a variety of vegetables can also be added.

I improvised the traditional moru curry recipe by adding shallots & tomatoes, followed by yogurt. Turned out delicious. This curry goes really well with Kerala matta rice.

Shallots Tomato Yogurt Curry | Simple Kerala Style Moru Curry
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried whole red chilies, halved- 3
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Shallots, chopped- 2 large shallots or 4 small/pearl onions
  • Ginger, grated- 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Yogurt or curd- 1 cup
  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add coconut oil, let turn hot.
  3. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  4. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves.
  5. Add shallots or small/pearl onions, season with salt.
  6. Add grated ginger, combine well.
  7. Saute till shallots turn golden in color.
  8. Add tomatoes, combine well & cook for a few minutes till tomatoes have mashed up.
  9. Add turmeric powder, combine well & cook for a minute.
  10. Take the pan off the heat & let slightly cool down.
  11. Take the yogurt in a bowl, beat well using a fork.
  12. Add the yogurt & combine well.
  13. Don't add the yogurt while the mixture is hot, it will curdle.
  14. Serve in a bowl & enjoy with rice.
  15. This curry goes well with Kerala matta rice.



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