Both I and my son are down with cold and cough and thus it is bad start for this week. Poor little one he is more sick yesterday night, he had some fever. This morning I took him to his doctor and found that he has bad cold and has some infection in ear too. He got his dose of antibiotics. I need to go to doctor tomorrow and to get my dose of antibiotics. It is not fun moving around with a stuffed nose. I am making very simple curry and some sides for lunch and dinner as I don’t want to spend more time in kitchen. I made this simple Mulakushyam an easy lentil and ash gourd curry.
This curry is one of the traditional curries of Kerala, South India. Literal meaning of Mulaku dooshyam means “ chilies are bad”. This curry doesn’t use any red chili, and instead uses black pepper and if you want you can add green chili, if you add more then it won’t be mulakushyam. It is less spicy comfort curry. This curry is normally given to new born moms and those who are sick or as a rainy day dish.
Other day I got a comment in Facebook fan page that why you are not making traditional recipes , I told the reader that I make the traditional recipes occasionally and that I have posted most of them during my first few years of blogging. I don’t want to repeat the dishes by just changing ingredients and changing the name.
Coming to the recipe I have seen there is lot of variety of mulakushyam, some add grated coconut, and some season them with mustard seeds, curry leaves. Toor/Tuvar dal and Ash gourd/ winter melon are main ingredients of basic mulakushyam. However other vegetables like pumpkin, raw banana, elephant yam, drumsticks, spinach, carrot etc. are also used sometime.
For making this curry, first pressure cook the dal, and then cook the winter melon/ ash gourd pieces with little turmeric, pepper, green chili and salt in another bowl. Once dal is cooked, add it to cooked veggies and green chili then finally check the salt and add little coconut oil on the top along with little curry leaves.
If you want you can add seasoning, I didn’t add it. I made it very basic version of mulakushyam. Simple comfort curry goes well with bowl of rice and a side dish of your choice. I like to make comfort dishes which my grandma and mom make occasionally at my kitchen. It is always nice to rekindle the memories of taste which we grow up with it.
Here comes the recipe. Give it a try; it is ready in less than 30 minutes.