Moru Kachiyathu (Spiced Cooked Buttermilk)

A pitcher of this lightly cooked buttermilk is a must for meals, at many Keralite Christian homes. This can also be made without coconut, following the same recipe.

Moru Kachiyathu (Spiced Cooked Buttermilk)

Ingredients for the Buttermilk mix

  • 2 cups plain yoghurt, whisked well
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste

For Tampering/Tadka

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 small onions, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 sprig curry leaf
  • 2 red chillies, torn into large pieces

Ingredients for Coconut Paste (Optional)

Grind to a fine paste with a little water:

  • 1/4 cup grated fresh coconut (optional)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds


In a deep saucepan, mix the yoghurt with the water and salt. Beat well.

Add the coconut paste (or the paste without the coconut) and mix well. Cook over low heat. Stir continuously for a couple of minutes till it’s just warm and remove from the heat immediately(my Mom’s TEST: once in a while when stirring, lift your spoon up and check for steam coming from the spoon. The second you see steam, turn the flame OFF and continue to stir for another minute).

Heat the oil in pan and add mustard seeds. Once it sputters, add the small onions and brown lightly. Add fenugreek powder, turmeric, curry leaves and the torn red chillies. Saute. Pour this along with the oil into the warmed yoghurt.

Pour the ready moru kachiyathu into a pitcher or bowl and serve as an accompaniment with rice or Kappa (Tapioca)


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3 Responses to Moru Kachiyathu (Spiced Cooked Buttermilk)

  1. Biny Anoop says:

    Hey perfect quick fix…love it.Addition of coconut makes it as mymum make it…
    Biny Anoop

    • Renee says:

      thankyou so much Biny…the addition of coconut makes it a little thicker and is perfect when you don’t have time to cook any other side dishes 🙂

  2. Pingback: Kappa Vevichathu (Mashed Tapioca) | Renee's Recipes

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