We thought we needed at least six weeks to raise $12,000 for Briana‘s breast cancer treatment. You made it possible in 20 days. We got an average of 600 dollars a day from readers, fellow bloggers and friends. You opened your hearts and your wallets without expectations or notice for someone you haven’t met and probably didn’t know of until we announced this event.

Your support has come in the form of prayers, publicity for the fundraiser, participation in the special edition of CLICK, raffle prize donations, and the donations themselves.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
~ Albert Schweitzer

When Bri is overwhelmed by the physical challenges that confront her, her resolve is rekindled by the hundreds of sparks she has received from around the world.

You have brought her some measure of peace by covering her out-of-pocket medical costs for a year. We wish and hope you receive back what you have given many times over.

We were travelling and haven’t had the opportunity to visit your blogs and thank you individually for your donations and entries. Please accept our apologies.

We will keep the campaign open until the original deadline of July 15, 2008. Donors can continue to chip in and bid for the raffle prizes until then.

- The CLICK team

My mom was an innovative cook, never intimidated by unusual ingredients or techniques. She experimented with recipes from around the world, and they all turned out wonderfully. However, if I had to pick one dish off the top of my head that most reminds me of her cooking, it would be Moru Kachiyathu or Kachiya Moru. She grew up in a village in Kerala, and this is quotidian fare in most homes around the region.

In Malayalam (the language spoken by Keralites), moru = buttermilk, and kachiyathu = scalded.

The buttermilk is simmered with turmeric, ginger and shallots, taking care never to bring it to a boil. Boiling it would cause it to split. This dish keeps for a long time, and is usually made plain, without any veggies. Whenever I had a cold or a fever and lost my appetite, this would perk me right back up. Unlike most curries from the southernmost tip of India, this one has no coconut (though there are some versions that use it).

It makes a light, saucy accompaniment to lime rice or lacy paalappams. I loved it on its own, and would relish it slowly from a cup.

I don’t have any of my mom’s recipes, and was delighted to stumble upon this in Das Sreedharan‘s Fresh Flavours of India. Vibrant yellow soul food seemed perfect for this month’s CLICK. Sreedharan owns the acclaimed Rasa chain of restaurants in Britain. He converts it into a more substantial dish with the addition of green bananas and ripe mangoes.

The sauce itself tasted exactly like my mother’s, and the added flavours and textures greatly enhanced the dish. We used green plantains instead of green bananas. (The difference between the two is explained HERE.)

- Bee

MORU KACHIYATHU (Kerala-style Spiced Buttermilk) with Green Plantain and Mango

(from Fresh Flavours of India by Das Sreedharan)

Peel and slice thinly 1.5 cups (one small) green banana or plantain.

The original recipe calls for cooking it in enough water to just cover with a little salt and 1 tsp turmeric until done. Drain it and add it towards the end. We simply roasted the plantain with some salt to make chips and added them. Either approach works.

If boiling, take the skin off completely while peeling. If baking, you can leave a thin layer on.

Baked Plantain Chips (See recipe)

Set the cooked plantain aside.

In a large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil.

Add 1 tsp brown mustard seeds.

When they pop, add
1/3 cup finely sliced red onion (we used shallots)
20 curry leaves
2 dried red chillies
salt to taste

Cook, stirring on medium heat until the onion is golden.

Meanwhile, using a mortar and pestle, crush
1/2 inch cube ginger

to a smooth paste. We also added 1 peeled clove garlic.

Add it to the onion mixture with
1 green chilli (serrano or Thai bird chilli) slit lengthwise.

Stir and cook for a minute.

Add 3/4 tsp turmeric, mix, then remove the pan from the heat.

Gradually add 400 ml (14 fl oz) plain yogurt, whisked to remove lumps.

If using full fat, use 3 parts yogurt to 1 part water. Else, use plain low-fat yogurt.

We used low-fat homemade yogurt for this.

Mix and add
the cooked plantain and
1.5 cups peeled ripe mango.

Thaw in the microwave for a couple of minutes if using frozen. Canned may work too.

You can skip the fruits and veggies and have it plain if you wish.

Return to the heat, stir for a minute and take it off when it starts emitting steam. Do not let it come to a boil.

Serve with rice or paalappams.

Moru Kachiyathu with Green Plantain and Mango is our entry for Meeta’s Monthly Mingle: Mango Mania @ What’s for Lunch, Honey? … and for

YELLOW for Bri

Event Details HERE

Spiced Buttermilk Curry with Green Plantain and Mango

Photographer: Bee
Camera: Canon EOS 300d
Lens: 100 mm
Shutter speed: 1/8 sec
ISO Speed: 200
F-stop: f/8.0

DEADLINE: June 30, 2008

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38 Comments

  1. bhavani says:

    well, would we have known about bri, except for you, jugalbandits? great job, guys. it was very moving to see what you could (and did) do for a fellow blogger. this increases the face value of your blog. not just a recipe haven, and a source of sensible, well-written thoughts (rants too:-)), but a blog that cares. three thumps on the shoulder to you both.

    and to bri, our best get-well wishes. you’ll make it. and then we have to do a click to celebrate that!

  2. kalva says:

    Wow guys.. hats off u guys for putting so much effort for Bri… Great curry!!

  3. kalva says:

    I was really happy to be able to help Bri through you guys!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  4. Latha says:

    that looks delicious! Great shot for CLICK.

    Hope Bri is getting better by the day. You guys are awesome for doing this for Bri!

  5. Manisha says:

    You guys are the best!

    I haven’t tried any South Indian moru dishes yet. What is the consistency of this kachiya moru? And, no besan! Wow!

    the consistency is like thin gujju kadhi – depending on how thick the yogurt is.

  6. Rajitha says:

    at my place amma would make kachiya moru when someone was not feeling good (tummy wise :D )..but i have never seen veggies added to it..should give it a go…

    on another note…glad that bri and her family can atleast now just concentrate of getting well than worrying about costs…very thoughtful of the ‘click tem’.

  7. Asha says:

    So happy for Bri, wish the best to her!:)

  8. TBC says:

    You guys (along with Manisha, Shankari and Garrett) have done a tremendous job organizing the whole thing to help Bri and her family.

    I have been following Bri’s blog for a long time now and was surprised by how much her story actually moved me.

    Thank YOU for everything you’ve done for Bri!

  9. Lavanya says:

    My grandfather used to make a version of this whenever I had a cold. Just last weekend, I was asking him what it was called and how it was made (talk of coincidences!)..Thanks for the recipe!! :)

  10. Kalai says:

    What an amazing job everyone has done for Bri. Thanks to you guys for bringing this situation to our attention. Hope Bri is getting stronger with each day. Mor kachiyathu looks delicious!! Sort of like mor kuzhambu from TN. :)

  11. Lavanya says:

    Thats so great that you could raise the money so quickly!! *prays that Bri gets well soon*

  12. Medhaa says:

    Thank you for allowing us to help.

    The curry looks great, we make it plain but will haveto try with the green banana.

  13. I’m so impressed at the response to this fundraiser. You guys are awesome for putting it together. Your curry is awesome too.

  14. revathi says:

    Thank you guys for organizing this. Do bring it up as a post if she needs some maintenance medication next year. Wishing & praying that Bri wins this !!

  15. Cham says:

    Thank you so much to bring “Bri” to our attention. Wish she should get well soon.
    Great looking curry!

  16. richa says:

    looks so creamy, plaintain is a lovely addition :)
    Best Wishes to Bri & congrats on completion of the target!

  17. musical says:

    Thanks to you guys and the entire “bloggers for Bri” team. I wish Bri and her family the very best.

    Delicious preparation and a very beautiful picture.

  18. lothi says:

    Hey Jai & Bee this is the first time to ur blog. Your blog impressed me a lot. Pictures are too good & the small tips are so useful! Thanks for sharing!

    And there is a surprise for you guys in my blog! Do visit…

  19. Siri says:

    All my prayers to Brii! and Thanks guys for putting together such noble event! :) Love the pic as always..!

    Cheers,
    Siri

  20. rachel says:

    My all time fav accompaniment to rice..You have it with appams..hmmm!!

    The longer the moru is kept..it tastes all the more better!!

  21. arundathi says:

    Kudos to all of you for organizing the fund raiser. And I hope Bri gets better in leaps and bounds.
    And a beautiful curry. We almost always add vegetables to our moru kachiyathu… I should try it plain sometime. Btw, you could send this in to Siri’s Yogurt event too.

  22. Raaga says:

    I clicked on the link, and paid, gave credit card details and then confirmed my address… after which the page went blank. I’ll have to check with Citibank if the payment was made or not.

    I have everything ready for this dish… it’d go well with plain rice too, wouldn’t it?

  23. sunshinemom says:

    Wow! You have done well! I generally make kachina moru on days I am tired as it hardly takes any time..great pics as usual:)

  24. Srivalli says:

    You guys have done a great job!..If not for you, we may have never known Bri,

    and that chips look great!

  25. Aparna says:

    Appreciate the initiative you have taken to help Bri and allow all of us to do so.
    Baked plantain chips? Nice twist. I do prefer the version with coconut. Its lunch for us today.:)

  26. Dee says:

    We wouldnt have known if not for you , about Bri . Thanks for giving us an opportunity to help her heal and pray for her. You guys deserve more than a pat on your backs for all the hard work you have put into this wonderful cause and May you reap a thousand folds for the good and noble initiative you have taken. God Bless you both!!! I just had dinner two hours ago and my mouth is watering looking at the picture. This combo is really new to me and would definitely like to give it a shot!

  27. sushma says:

    Hey Bee that rose click is so lovely.. and the dish is new to me.. looks yummy…

  28. sunita says:

    I just came to check where you guys disapeared :-P

    But, seriously, thank you for organising this fundraiser and allowing me to do my teeny bit…my thoughts and prayers are with Bri.

    …and that is a very pretty picture :-) ..I’ve yet to send in mine :-O

  29. Miri says:

    It warms the heart to see so much kindness….kudos to you and the others for bringing Bri’s situation to this community’s notice and for the community to rise up and meet the challenge.

    Good luck to Bri!

  30. mandira says:

    it was wonderful to be a part of click and chip for Bri. Thank you and kudos for organizing it so successfully! The yellow curry looks delicious.

    Good luck to Bri!

  31. Kalyn says:

    I’m very pleased to hear that people have been so generous. Nice job everyone. Still keeping Bri in my thoughts and hoping she is improving.

  32. manggy says:

    That is the BEST news I’ve heard all week! Fantastic!!

    Meanwhile, I’ve never heard of spiced buttermilk but that dish is interestingly fruity! I’d love to try it, if I could ever get ahold of curry leaves :)

  33. Maryann says:

    This dish sounds so exotic to me! Wonderful! Good photo too ;)

  34. farida says:

    Thank you so much for everything you organized to help Bri. What a meaningful thing you have done! Great click and recipe!

  35. Meeta says:

    A fantastic effort from your part. Kudos to you! The dish looks simply gorgeous – I loe the color. Thank you for sending it to the MM!

  36. Minti says:

    I just made this for lunch – quite delicious. I added kokum in place of the green mango while boiling the plantains. The tang from the kokum plus the simplicity of the dish…Yum! This one is going into my recipe list.

  37. Minti says:

    Whoops! Completely missed that it wasn’t green mango until now – the next time:)



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