Green Yogurt Curry w/ Summer Squash (Majjige Huli)


We’ve been experiencing a pretty intense heat wave on the East coast with temperatures hitting the 100s, which was all the reason to prepare my mom’s recipe for majjige huli, a South Indian green yogurt curry made from ground coconut, cilantro, green chilis and spices.  Usually my mother prepares this dish with watery squashes like chayote or ash ghourd or eggplant, and in the past I’ve shared my Aunt Karen’s recipe for majjige huli using cucumbers.

This is one of my most favorite dishes that is rarely found in restaurants and primarily prepared in Bangalore homes.  It’s closest cousin is Thai green coconut curry, but combined with a cold cucumber soup.  It’s so flavorful and super healthy for you. The recipe calls for only 2 teaspoons of oil.  You can also prepare majjige huli with buttermilk. This time I did a combo of yogurt and buttermilk because that’s what I had.


Summer is when my fridge is stocked to the brim with summer squashes from the farm share so I applied those to the majjige huli recipe I had.



The texture worked out really well and in order to get the right tenderness for the squash, I cut them and steamed them.  I’ve found that this is the most efficient way to cooking pieces of squash uniformly.


After steaming I threw them into a cold ice bath to stop them from cooking.


Also got a small bunch of cilantro that I used in the recipe.  Fresh cilantro really makes a difference.


Along with the coconut, chilis and cilantro, you also grind in black mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric and roasted chana dal.  On the left is chana dal and on the right is roasted chana dal. If you don’t have the roasted kind, you can soak the one on the left in hot water for 15 minutes and use that as a substitute.


Serve your majjige huli with rice and enjoy!

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  • Anne.M. A

    This looks really beautiful! I love zucchini, I actually recently got into eating Indian food this year and I love it. I am definitely going to forward this recipe:)
    – Anne

  • phylliscollar

    yummy!!! tough to find some of these ingredients? I live in Appleton Wisconsin!

    • Chitra

      Hi Phyllis,

      You can actually purchase many of these ingredients online. I know Amazon even has started selling Indian spices if you do a search on their site. And If you don’t have fresh frozen coconut, you can always get the dried, unsweetened kind that Bob’s Redmill sells and bring it back to life by putting it in some water. You can use serrano chiles or jalapeño too in place of the little green chili I use in this recipe. Let me know if you have any questions on this!

  • ~JEWEL~

    This looks so tasty. I am going to try many of yours