Tangy Coconut Yogurt Curry with Vegetables (Majjige Huli)

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So few days ago while cooking this refreshing dish, I was watching my toddler play with some of his toys few feet away from where I was standing. Sometime later he started chewing on one of his toy and I like any other dutiful mother asked him to stop. The naughty toddler that he is continued to chew on it ignoring my willful pleas, so I scornfully said “S, you are a Bad Boy, stop chewing it”.

Now I was expecting that he would listen to me and stop chewing, but instead he said “Amma Bad Boy”. That totally caught me off-guard as I was hearing it for the first time and I ended up laughing loudly and giving the toddler a big hug.

It’s one of those wired things that kids say but to me it seemed very funny more so because it was coming from somebody not more than 3 feet tall, bundle of innocence who until “yesterday” could not even sit, let alone talk. I had heard him say words, but not sentences and this seemed like a sentence to me albeit an unconventional one.

Majjige Huli is one of the traditional dishes of Karnataka. It is a simple, delicious, low fat, commonly mixed with rice. Huli means Sour and Majjige means Buttermilk. This has a combination of coconut, yogurt/curds and cooked along with vegetables. I make this once in a while when we get bored with the usual Daal, Rasam, Sambhar and when we crave for something totally different. It is very refreshing, light and easy on the palate.



  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

  • 3-5 green chillies

  • 2 tsp jeera (cumin)

  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (pumpkin/ash gourd/beans/potato or combination)

  • 1 Tbsp chana daal

  • 1 cup yogurt/ curd

  • 1 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing

  • Salt, oil

  • Turmeric a pinch

  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds

  • 3-4 Curry leaves

  • Asafetida  a pinch


  •  Soak the chana daal in water for about 1 hour.

  •  Cook the vegetables in enough water either on stovetop or in the microwave. Add salt while cooking.

  • Meanwhile make a fine paste of coconut, green chillies, jeera, soaked chana daal.

  • After the vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste, mix well and let it boil.

  • When almost done, add the yogurt and mix well. Do not boil with yogurt for a long time as it begins to curdle.

  • Meanwhile make a tadka of mustard, curry leaves and hing. Add to this boiled paste.

  • Add the coriander leaves for garnishing. 

This goes well with Rotis or with warm rice.

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  1. RedChillies says:

    Thanks Bee.

    Thanks Kalva. I know I was amazed too when he said that.

    Thanks Vanamala. You know how kids are 🙂

    Thanks Sunita. I completely agree with you. Kids grow up so fast.

    Thanks Vimmi. Ah, what can I say about 2 year olds? 🙂

  2. Seema says:

    Nice dish.. photo looks great! Conversation between S & you, is same as between my S & me.. my little ones 2 too! Its hilarious when they try to talk in perfect sentences 🙂 I am Bad Amma too these days when i dont fulfill the wishes!

  3. Happy Cook says:

    Wow i wold love to eat them with plain rice.
    I can even just imagine how i am going to mix the rice with my hand. Should i continue or wipe my DROOL
    Sat hi to you very naughty son. Aren’t they se sweet when theyare so little. True when u write a bundle of innocense

  4. redchillies says:

    Thanks Seema. For now atleast you are a Bad Amma, where as I am a Bad Boy 🙂
    Thanks Sagari.

    Thanks Lavanya.

    Thanks so much Happy Cook, your words mean so much to me.

    Thanks Viji.

  5. Bharathy says:

    Lovely looking majjige huli, girl.This is definitely a part of our sunday lunch as all the members in my family adore morekuahambu.I too have blogged the same..:)
    What I make is the Tamil Version…I know the Kerala prep too…yours is a combination of both :)..interesting..

  6. TBC says:

    That is a lovely pic:-)
    This dish is very similar to the puliserry ( a Kerala dish made using pineapple/mango/ripe plantains) that we make.

  7. PG says:

    that was such a sweet incident you described with your toddler. I know too well how you felt. And we are not trying to make them sound like geniuses when we talk like that. It is just that we are proud of every step that they take in life. My son will turn 3 1/2 this month and I am still amazed at things he says and I realise that he’s grwog up…..:) He chewed on things for quite long too, untill he had all his twenty teeth.
    A lovely dish. You take good pictures!

  8. jyothi says:

    today i prepared same but little variation add 1tsp dhania,pepper 1ps ginger for grinding it gives good taste.

  9. Allan says:

    The recipe looked appetizing, promising and encouraging to me as a beginning cook until I saw the list of ingredients: half of them lack a measure of quantity. If your production was a success, surely you would know the figures.

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