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Mochai Kuzhambu Recipe – Field Beans Curry

Recipe for fresh Mochai kuzhambu made Tamil style. Spicy field bean curry recipe made with fresh field beans and spices. With step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the Masala

  • 4 ripe tomatoes (preferably country tomatoes / naatu / naati variety)
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (sombu)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn

Other Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 cup field beans


  1. Take a mixie jar and add in the tomatoes, coconut, tamarind, fennel seeds, cloves and black pepper. Grind to a smooth paste. Add water if necessary. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add in the onions. Saute onions till soft. Add in the salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder.
  3. Saute for 10 seconds. Add in the ground paste.
  4. Add in two cups of water and the field beans.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes on a low flame in a pressure cooker.
  6. Serve with chapati or rice.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Curry
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu