Kachimoru (Kerala-Style Spiced Yogurt Curry)

April 27, 2017
4 Ratings
Photo by Anisha Rachel Oommen
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Kachimoru was a dish we’d have on the table almost everyday back at my grandmother’s house in Kerala, when we’d visit in the summer. A simple, spiced yogurt curry that’s rarely found on restaurant menus (and so much a part of the everyday that it’s almost invisible on the table), kachimoru is a fundamental constituent of Syrian Christian cuisine in Kerala, but you can find it almost every kitchen across that southwestern Indian state—a basic building block of a Keralan meal. —Anisha Rachel Oommen

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 5 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 green chiles, slit down their lengths
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 pinch ground fenugreek
  1. Beat the water and yogurt together until smooth. Add salt to taste.
  2. Heat a wok or earthen pot over medium-high. When hot, add the coconut oil.
  3. Throw in the mustard and fenugreek seeds. When they begin to splutter, add in the curry leaves, shallots, sliced ginger, and green chiles. Fry for a couple of minutes, until very fragrant.
  4. Add chile powder, turmeric, and ground fenugreek and fry for a minute or two.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the yogurt mixture. Serve warm with rice.

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3 Reviews

Sabu777 April 22, 2020
Great recipe!
cgulati April 14, 2019
This was sooo good. Simple and tasty to perfection. Husband and six year old loved it. Thanks for sharing!
Nomnomnom May 1, 2017
This looks fantastic. It's going on this week's menu!