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Moru (Buttermilk Beverage)

John-Paul Pagano | Mar 26, 2006 03:08 PM


I've spent half my life (I'm 33) in search of the ultimate Chowhoundy delights to be had in both the Boston and New York City areas, and I think I've come upon the single, most delicious item yet. At Pongal in Curry Hill, they serve a buttermilk beverage called "moru", which is the most luscious thing I've ever consumed.

As far as I can tell (and the waiters will spottily reveal), this is a South Indian drink made of buttermilk with ginger, chopped scallion-base, (possibly roasted) mustard seeds, and a mild but persistent chili flavor, ostensibly provided by two hollowed, red cherry-style chilis stirred in. There is a kind of ineffable smokiness that embellishes the whole.

Some questions:

1. Does anyone know about this drink? Its history, and how it is served in India?

2. Does any place besides Pongal serve it?

3. I would like to buy buttermilk to make moru at home. Does anyone know where I can get real buttermilk (not some overcooked commercial simulacrum) in Brooklyn?


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