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Thursday, June 12, 2003


This is a health drink. It is very stomach friendly. It is served for women who have recently delivered, as during that time they have to eat very light and bland food.

Molagu vellam
5 cups of buttermilk (This recipe needs very sour buttermilk to prepare.)
1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 tsp pepper powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 red chilly split in half
1 sprig of curry leaves
Oil for seasoning
Water for diluting the buttermilk if needed

Cook pepper powder in water for some time.
Add the sour butter milk, salt and turmeric powder and boil till it is reduced to half the quantity,
Take oil in a small pan, add Mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, Red chilly. Allow it to splutter and then add some curry leaves and season the Molaghu Vellam with it.

Yet another variation to this is : Since the below recipe uses Pepper instead of the pepper powder , the taste will be stronger.
Molagu vellam

2 cups of sour butter milk
2 tsps Black Pepper
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
1 Red chilly
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds

A small ball of jaggery (optional)
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Method :
Soak two teaspoon black pepper, 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds and one red chilly.
Grind this into a smooth paste.
Pour this ground mixture in a vessel, Add one cup water. Now add the turmeric powder, salt and jaggery (If you don’t like the slight sweet taste, u can avoid jaggery)
Let the mixture simmer. Boil until one cup reduces to half a cup. Remember whatever quantity you are taking we must reduce to half of that.
The raw smell must disappear. Once it is done. Keep the gas on a low flame and Add the butter milk.
Stir well.
Simmer for a few minutes till you get one boil.
Remove from fire
Season it with Mustard seeds, Fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves.You can mix with rice and eat, or just drink like that.

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