Kumbalanga Moru Curry / Pulissery

Prepration time: 30 Minutes
Persons served: 4 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • Raw plantain : Medium sized (1/2 piece)
  • Winter melon / Kumbalanga : Sliced into 2 inch squares (100gm)
  • Green chilly :4 nos
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut : 2 cups
  • Blended curd : 2 cups
  • Cumin seeds : 2 pinch
  • Coconut oil : 2 table spoon
  • Mustard : 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 1 sprig
  • Small onion / shallots : 2nos
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Water : 2cup
  • Salt : as needed

Kumbalanga (Ash guard / Winter melon) Moru curry is a very popular and traditional Kerala curry. Keralites love to have this curry along with white rice. In some places its also known as “Kaalan”.

Preparation of Kerala Moru curry

  1. In an earthen / clay pot cook the ripe plantain / banana / ethakka  in 2 cups of water along with Winter melon, green chilly and turmeric powder till the banana pieces become soft.
  2. Grind the coconut and Cumin seeds into a fine paste with 1/2 a cup of water.
  3. Add the paste into the cooked ingredients and stirr well.
  4. Cook for another five minutes in medium flame.
  5. Add blended curd and keep on stirring for 2 minutes. Make sure that it never boils.
  6. Switch off the flame and keep stirring the mix for another 1-2 minutes. The mix needs to be stirred for some time to make sure it does not separate outs.
  7. Add coconut oil to a frying pan and when it becomes hot add Mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start crackling add the shallots and the curry leaves and saute it. Turn off the flame and pour it to the curry.
  8. Allow it to cool and serve it with rice.


  • This can be stored for even two to three days. So you can prepare it and take it with you during a short trip.

Cini P Moideen

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