Moru kaachiyathu- golden buttermilk curry from Kerala cuisine.

buttermilk gravy
It is at times of difficulty you really realize who you really are, so did I.  The recent floods and torrential rain in Kerala, took a toll on my thoughts too. I was worried about parents, relatives, friends, my dad’s native town.
It was a shocking revelation…that my very dear scenic state is grappling to stay afloat with the cloudburst. That very moment I knew, where I belong( a cultural dilemma carried for a long time). Yes, through my heart “I am a Tamil speaking mallu…?!!!”
 The economic and agricultural destruction that these rains have caused, just before the biggest season of Onam, is unimaginable. With the death toll rising and half a million people displaced from their houses and in relief camps, it doesn’t paint the picture of spring in the “the God’s own country”.I am sure there are many whose wishes for this Onam is to have a simple meal back in their house with family. I wish all the people who are displaced are able to return back to their houses soon enough.
This Onam season, we are not celebrating rather thanking the volunteers who sank deep into the waters to save each one. The brave ones,  who ventured out to help the young and the old. This Onam.  Kerala is celebrating the superhuman forces of “Humanity”, which prompted each one under their utmost panic to act in compassion. With more prayers for safety and better medical facilities through the times of trial.
Here are some portals through which you can help the victims of the flood in rescue, medical service and rehabilitation.
Amazon Cares (works with 4 Ngo’s working on different aspects of rescue and relief)
St George Church group ( rehabilitation and relief camp)
Medilyn for Kerala relief consignment ( working with supplying medical needs, with about 1 dollar to start with)
With sincere prayers for a strong rebuilding force today we have the simplest meal from Kerala for this Onam season- Kerala style red rice served with morukachiyathu ( turmeric tempered buttermilk)

Kerala rice- Parboiled Matta

Grown in Palghat, the Kerala Matta or red rice is an earthy flavoured rice used as a daily staple grain. Also, know as “rose matta”, the faint pink hued rice is a double boiled variety. Consuming almost double the water while cooking, fat globule shaped rice grains are very filling. Retaining the outer coat, giving the characteristic colour and fibre content of this variety of rice make it a loved one for all in Kerala.


Moru kachiyathu – Tempered turmeric buttermilk

Traditional buttermilk made from churned yoghurt removing the butter. This is a much-needed accompaniment to a meal in South Indian cuisine. Served as, Sambhram, a thin watered down buttermilk with spices, it is very beneficial to reduce dehydration in the hot summer days. Check link –Spiced buttermilk.

sambharam , neer moru, sadhya recipe, ramnavami recipe


In monsoon season, the buttermilk curry is gently simmered with ginger,  black pepper and turmeric. These additions to the buttermilk curry serve as a frontline defence to the gut lining and throat against the germs circulating in these seasons. This warm and soup like preparation are one of the best remedies for any kind of mild stomach issues.

I would actually call this recipe for buttermilk curry, “golden” for a few reasons.

One, the ingredients and preparation are so simple, you can be a newbie and still tackle it.

Two, the attractive golden colour of the recipe due to the turmeric.

Three, the proven health benefits of this ayurvedic recipe.

So, here is the quick  “ozhichucurry”(pourable gravy) recipe with wishes for Onam and looking forward to your support towards the rebuilding Kerala for half a million people who were displaced from their homes.

See you next week.

{ Mildly Indian has no direct financial links with the organisations mentioned above. These are accounts to donate if you feel the gravity of the situation and the choice is entirely yours. Thankyou.} 

buttermilk gravy

Moru kaachiyathu

Simple butter milk curry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Main Dish, sidedish, Soups and salad, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Kids choice, Medicinal, One pot, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 2 people
Calories 116 kcal


to be simmered

  • 500 ml traditional buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 10-15 curry leaves

add after simmering

  • salt to taste


  • Whisk the butter milk and keep it aside.
  • Into a heavy saucepan on low heat, add coconut oil. As it melts add the grated ginger and saute for a minute.
  • Add black pepper, turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  • Pour in the whisked buttermilk and gently bring to a bubbling.
  • Simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.
  • Allow the curry to stay for a few minutes to infuse the flavours.
  • Stir in the salt and curry is ready to use.
  • Serve with warm matta rice.


You can add shallots and garlic to the recipe by sauteing it with ginger.
Slightly sour buttermilk is preferred for the preparation.
Add in a few chillies if you like it spicy.
The trick to get this recipe right is not to heat the butter milk on high heat, if not the buttermilk will split.


Serving: 250gCalories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 8gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 659mgPotassium: 414mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 12g
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5 years ago

Hey! I hope things are fine with your friends and family. It is hard to see such devastation! 🙁 In 2013, I was in Uttarakhand during the flash floods and I can so relate to this situation in Kerala. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I love the mild flavours of the dish. It sounds similar to the North Indian curry but I am sure it is much lighter as it doesn’t use besan. And the matta rice must also be very fragrant. I use a brown rice variety that grows locally in Rajasthan and love it. It is sad… Read more »

Shobha Keshwani
5 years ago

Simple comfort meal.. Amazing how the same dish is prepared with slight variations in each state.

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Such a pleasing dish, moru curry looks just prefect to enjoy with some rice and spicy side dishes.. Inviting definitely.

5 years ago

Woow. The curry looks so perfect. I just need this curry, rice and pickle. I would happily finish my lunch. I liked the touch of coconut oil in this recipe. It must be flavorful 🙂

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

This looks so delicious flavourful and comforting.. Something like chhach but differently made. I will try it soon. Thanks for the recipe

5 years ago

Such a flavorful and comforting meal. Addition of grated ginger makes it even more delcatable and healthy. Just Loved the recipe. Would be trying out soon

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost lives, homes and means of living in Kerala. Its true that even wishing friends happy Onam is not right as so many will not be able to celebrate this famous festival. The simple tempered buttermilk looks like comfort food.

5 years ago

simple , delicious and very comfort food. tastes awesome with hot rice. thanks for sharing

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Kerala is in our thoughts and prayers 🙏
The dish sounds like a comfort food Seema.

geetha priyanka
5 years ago

Simple and healthy dish yet tastes delicious. I have never tried with coconut oil, will save it to try soon. Great share.

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

My prayers for those who are suffering and wishing them a normal life again.
Initially I thought this curry to br like North Indian /kadhi with regional variation. Later I realized that it has no thickening agent like besan. This must be quite light and comforting.

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

Love butter milk curry anyday but this version with coconut oil in Kerala style have never tried have to try soon.

5 years ago

moru curry looking the interesting way of using turmeric, A healthy drink with the goodness of turmeric.

Nisha Ramesh
Nisha Ramesh
5 years ago

Comfort food! Will love to have this everyday! I am amazed how each state has a variation for this dish. It looks amazing.

5 years ago

I hope your friends and family are okay in India. I’ve seen and heard about Moru curry a lot, yet to try myself. Sounds comforting and fuss-free recipe, as long as buttermilk won’t curdle 🙂 I must make soon.

5 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers to all those who lost lives in Kerala floods.This simple and healthy Moru curry looks absolutely lip smacking.I am a lover of moru curries.Fab share Seema.

4 years ago

I was wondering if you can freeze this?,

Penny Mohan
Penny Mohan
3 years ago

Hello, I notice you have said “Traditional Buttermilk” in few places. Would you please explain to me what is called “Traditional Buttermilk” and its variant. Thank you

Penny Mohan
Penny Mohan
Reply to  mildlyindian
3 years ago

Hi mildly indian, thank you for explaining what traditional buttermilk is. You have done it in simple words. thank you. Penny.

Penny Mohan
Penny Mohan
Reply to  mildlyindian
3 years ago

Thank you for your reply. So sorry I did not see this earlier. PENNY

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