I have been meaning to post this recipe for Mor Kali or Mor Koozh for a while now but got around to it today.

Mor Kali: Low Potassium Rice Flour and Buttermilk Dish Suitable for Renal Failure Diet
Mor Kali: Low Potassium Recipe Suitable for Renal Failure Diet

Mor Kali is a simple dish made of rice flour and sour buttermilk. Savour it as breakfast to kickstart your day or then enjoy it as an afternoon snack (or tiffin as we call it in South India). What brought this dish, which is also called Mor Koozh, to mind for me this week is that I have to curate low Potassium recipes for a loved one. While the diet itself has the potential to be bland, it is traditional dishes like this one that can save the day. When one is sick, there is nothing more comforting than soul food.

As you can see from the nutritional values in the recipe card below, Mor Kali can be a viable recipe for someone with renal failure or kidney problems. While I am posting the general recipe here:

  • omit Mor Milagai for a person with kidney problems or one who needs a low potassium diet (they are automatically also on a low sodium diet and so this restriction).
  • omit udad dal in tadka as it contains very high levels of potassium.
  • reduce the amount of dahi by half of what I have mentioned in the recipe to further reduce protein as is needed in the case of a renal failure diet. Do not omit the dahi because even people with poor kidney function do need some protein to maintain muscle mass.

Many Indian states have similar recipes and I have two others on the blog:

Mor Koozhu: Rice Flour and Buttermilk Porridge
Mor Koozhu

How to Make Mor Kali | Mor Koozh

  1. Making the Batter
    1. In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of sour yogurt till smooth. 
    2. Slowly, add 1 cup of water and mix well to get thin buttermilk.

    3. Gradually add to 1/2 cup rice flour and mix into a smooth flowing liquid batter.
    4. Add some salt and mix well.
    5. Set aside.
  2. Other Preparations
    1. Use a few drops of oil to grease an 8″ plate with edges or an 8″ baking tray.
    2. Set aside. 
  3. Making the Mor Kali
    1. In a kadhai or frying pan, heat 1 tsp oil.
    2. {Omit for Renal Failure Diet or Low Potassium Diet} Add 1 tsp udad dal and fry till it is light golden brown.
    3. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp finely chopped green chilli (2 green chillies), 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, and 1 tsp finely chopped curry leaves.
    4. {Optional. Omit for Renal Failure Diet, Low Potassium Diet, or Low Sodium Diet} Add 1 Mor Milagai (Majjiga Mirapakaya or Dahi Mirchi), broken into small pieces.
    5. Stir-fry till mustard seeds start to pop.
    6. Add a pinch of asafoetida and mix well.
    7. Turn the heat to low.
    8. Add 1/2 cup water. 
    9. While stirring constantly, slowly add the rice flour-buttermilk batter, and mix well.
    10. Turn the heat up to medium and cook till the mix starts to come together as a ball. 
    11. Quickly transfer the dough into the greased plate.
    12. Moisten your fingers and pat the dough into an even layer.
    13. Let the Mor Kali cool a bit.
    14. Cut into squares. I cut into circles just because they look prettier that way. 🙂

  4. Serve Mor Kali | Mor Koozh with Filter Kaapi.
Mor Kali
Mor Kali

Recipe for Mor Kali | Mor Koozhu (Suitable for Low Potassium Diet, Renal Failure Diet)

Mor Kali | Mor Koozhu (Low Potassium Recipe)

Aruna
Mor Kali, also called Mor Koozhu, is a simple rice flour + buttermilk dish that is served as a breakfast or a tea-time snack in Tamil Nadu. This delicious dish is gluten-free.
It is also low on potassium and sodium, making it suitable for people with poor kidney function or even renal failure.
Note: Do read the recipe carefully for the instructions that ensure that this dish can be included in a renal failure diet or a low potassium diet.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Cooling Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings 4 People
Calories 90 kcal
Equipment
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 8″ Plate or Baking Tray
  • Kadhai or Frying Pan
  • Spoon
  • Knife
Ingredients
  
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Flour (~100 gms)
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Yogurt
  • 1.25 Cups Water
  • Salt to Taste
For Tempering
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Udad Dal (Omit for Renal Failure Diet or Low Potassium Diet)
  • 1 tsp Finely Chopped Green Chilli
  • 1 tsp Finely Chopped Curry Leaves
  • 1 Mor Milagai, Majjiga Mirapakaya, Dahi Mirchi (Omit for Renal Failure Diet or Low Potassium Diet)
  • 1 Pinch Asafoetida
Instructions
 
Making the Batter
  • In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of sour yogurt and 1 cup of water to get thin buttermilk.
  • Gradually add 1/2 cup rice flour and mix into a smooth flowing liquid batter. Ensure there are no lumps.
  • Add some salt and mix well.
Other Preparations
  • Use a few drops of oil to grease an 8″ plate with edges or an 8″ baking tray.
Making the Mor Kali
  • In a kadhai or frying pan, heat 1 tsp oil.
  • {Omit for Renal Failure Diet or Very Low Potassium Diet} Add 1 tsp udad dal and fry till it is light golden brown.
  • Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp finely chopped green chilli (2 green chillies), 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, and 1 tsp finely chopped curry leaves.
  • {Optional. Omit for Renal Failure Diet or Low Potassium/Sodium Diet} Add 1 Mor Milagai (Majjiga Mirapakaya or Dahi Mirchi), broken into small pieces.
  • Stir-fry till mustard seeds start to pop.
  • Add a pinch of asafoetida and mix well.
  • Turn the heat to low.
  • Add 1/4 cup water.
  • While stirring constantly, slowly add the rice flour-buttermilk batter, and mix well.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and cook till the mix starts to come together as a ball.
  • Quickly transfer the dough into the greased plate.
  • Moisten your fingers and pat the dough into an even layer.
  • Let the Mor Kali cool a bit.
  • Cut into squares. I cut into circles just because they look prettier that way.
Serving Instructions
  • Serve warm Mor Kali | Mor Koozh with Filter Kaapi.
Nutrition Facts
Mor Kali | Mor Koozhu (Low Potassium Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 94IU2%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Gluten Free, Low Potassium Recipe, Mor Kali, Mor Koozhu, Renal Failure Diet, Vegetarian
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