How to make a heightened round shaped plate presentation: Moru curry/ Kalan (Spiced curd/plain yogurt)

moru2Always remember “BUFF” when plating food, balance, unity, focus and flow.
Heightened plate presentation consists of placing several elements on top of each other or in an elevated fashion to create a heightening effect. Add height to the plate, either you can add potatoes, rice or pasta, anything which is stable and should accompany the main course. Always think about contrasting the colours as well. Keep in mind that every element in the plate must play an important role in the texture and taste as a whole.

moru4Here we have done Moru curry (spiced curd/ plain yogurt) basmati rice, rainbow salad with honey and wholegrain mustard dressing. For the salad we have used Pearl barley, quinoa, couscous, chickpeas, red peppers, corn, and edamame beans served on Anaheim pepper boat. For the garnish we used dill leaves, watercress, parsley, olives and red peppers.

moru3Moru curry is a simple curd/ plain yogurt based kerala dish which goes well with rice.


 Moru Curry / spiced yogurt

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


Buttermilk /Beaten Sour Curd : 500 ml
Ginger – 2 tsp  chopped
Shallots/Small onion – 2 nos chopped
Green chili – to taste chopped
Dry red chili – 2 nos
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Mustard – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil /Cooking Oil – 1 tbsp  to temper the ingredients



1.Beat the curd well to make it smooth. If you want add little bit of water for a better consistency
2. Add water a little at a time blending it to keep it smooth
3. Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard & fenugreek seeds.
4. Add dry red chilli, chopped small onion, green chillies, chopped ginger, curry leaves, sauté it for a minute.
5. Add turmeric powder, salt and mix well.
6. Add buttermilk/ well beaten sour curd and mix well.
7. Keep it on medium-low heat with continuous stirring till the mix foams up and rises again ( never bring it to boil. Yogurt will split) It will take around 5 minutes.
8. Remove from fire, stir for a few more minutes. Serve with rice.



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76 thoughts on “How to make a heightened round shaped plate presentation: Moru curry/ Kalan (Spiced curd/plain yogurt)

  1. I was Gone for sometime but couldn’t skip any of your posts. You are giving lovely tips to amatures like me. Lovely tips and what a presentation. I can never even imagine in these ways. Am amazed at what a simple the dish maybe but the elements added to it and the presentation is just awesome and mesmerizing. I really have no words to say ………

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  2. Food presentation at its absolute best! You always make your dishes look not just delicious but so beautiful as well. I don’t know how you bear to eat them after all the effort that goes into making them so beautiful, but I’m sure you just about manage. 🙂

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