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.
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?