veg kurma

veg kurma recipe with step by step photos. delicious south indian style kurma recipe made with mixed veggies, coconut and spices. korma or kurma is a gravy based dish and is served with chapatis, pooris or steamed rice. there are different ways of making a kurma gravy. usually the gravy base is made from ground coconut paste or coconut milk or curd or nuts & seeds paste.

veg kurma, hotel style veg kurma recipe

this hotel style veg kurma is adapted from my korma recipe and tastes awesome. in this recipe i have used green chilies. though you can also use red chilies.

vegetable kurma with pooris or chapatis is a weekend lunch on occasions. we like mixed veg curries a lot, so no wonder i make them also often. they are easy, healthy and nutritious. serve with some soft chapatis and you have a satisfying meal.

few more veg kurma recipes you can make are

this mix vegetable kurma recipe has some prepping work to be done and once you have everything ready, then you need to saute some ingredients and pressure cook. pressure cooking saves time. so i use a pressure cooker often. though you can make the kurma in a pan too. just add water as required.

serve hotel style vegetable kurma with chapatis, pooris or neer dosa or poha dosa or set dosa. even plain soft dosa goes very well with veg kurma. you can also serve it with steamed rice or appam or lachedar paratha or kerala paratha.

how to make vegetable kurma

1. soak 12 to 15 cashews in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. later drain and keep aside.

cashews for vegetable kurma recipe

2. rinse and soak 1 to 1.25 cups mediums sized cauliflower florets in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. this step is optional and only to get rid of any insects or worms in the cauliflower. after blanching the cauliflower, drain them and keep aside.

gobi for vegetable kurma recipe

3. rinse, peel and chop the rest of the veggies – 1 medium potato, 7 to 8 french beans and 1 medium carrot. also chop 1 medium sized onion finely and 1 medium sized tomato. keep the chopped veggies aside.

vegetables for vegetable kurma recipe

making paste for veg kurma

4. these are some of the spices and ingredients that will be ground to a paste for the kurma –

  • 5 tbsp desiccated coconut or fresh coconut
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds (optional) (khus khus)
  • ½ tbsp roasted chana dal
  • ½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves + 2 green cardamoms + 4 to 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 marathi moggu (optional) + small tiny piece of stone flower (optional)

spices for vegetable kurma recipe

5. take all the above ingredients in a wet grinder jar.

making vegetable kurma recipe

6. add the cashews, 2 green chilies (chopped), 3 to 4 medium sized garlic (chopped) and ¾ inch ginger (chopped).

making hotel style vegetable kurma recipe

7. add ½ cup water and grind to a smooth fine paste. keep aside.

making hotel style vegetable kurma recipe

making veg kurma

8. heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 2-litre pressure cooker. add the chopped onions.

making hotel style vegetable kurma recipe

9. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent or a light brown. add 7 to 8 curry leaves and stir.

making vegetable kurma recipe

10. next add the chopped tomatoes.

making vegetable kurma recipe

11. then add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ½ tsp red chili powder. stir well and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

making vegetable kurma recipe

12. add the ground paste.

making vegetable kurma recipe

13. stir and mix.

making vegetable kurma recipe

14. saute stirring often for 4 to 5 minutes on a low to medium flame.

making hotel style vegetable kurma recipe

15. then add 2 tablespoons fresh curd (yogurt). if you want, you can skip yogurt too.

making vegetable kurma recipe

16. mix the curd very well with the rest of the masala.

making vegetable kurma recipe

17. add the chopped mix veggies.

veggies for vegetable kurma recipe

18. mix the veggies with the rest of the masala and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

veggies for vegetable kurma recipe

19. then add 1.25 cups water. for slightly thin gravy you can add 1.5 cups water. if cooking in a pan, then add 1.5 to 2 cups of water.

water to make vegetable kurma recipe

20. stir well.

making vegetable kurma recipe

21. add salt as per taste.

salt for making veg kurma recipe

pressure cooking veg kurma

22. pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes.

making vegetable kurma recipe

23. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. if you find the gravy to be thin, then you can simmer for some more minutes. if the gravy looks thick, then add some water and simmer for a few more minutes. the consistency of veg kurma should be medium – neither thin nor thick.

making vegetable kurma recipe

24. add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir.

making veg korma recipe

25. serve veg kurma with pooris or chapatis or appam or plain paratha.

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veg kurma

4.8 from 50 votes
delicious south indian veg kurma recipe made with mixed veggies.
veg kurma recipe, vegetable kurma recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings (change the number to scale):4 to 5
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for making ground paste

  • 5 tablespoon desiccated coconut or fresh coconut
  • 12 to 15 cashews - blanched
  • 2 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus) - optional
  • ½ tablespoon roasted chana dal
  • ½ tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 to 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 marathi moggu (kopak) - optional
  • a small tiny piece of stone flower (pathar phool) - optional
  • 2 green chilies - chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium sized garlic, chopped or 1 to 1.5 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • ¾ inch ginger, chopped or 1.5 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • ½ cup water for grinding or add as required

veggies for kurma

  • 1 to 1.25 cups medium sized cauliflower florets
  • ¾ cup diced potatoes Or 1 medium potato - diced
  • 1/3 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup french beans or 7 to 8 french beans, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped carrots Or 1 medium carrot, chopped

other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion Or 1 medium sized onion - finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes Or 1 medium tomato - chopped
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh curd (yogurt) - optional
  • 1.25 cups water. for slightly thin gravy, add 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)

INSTRUCTIONS

preparation

  • soak 12 to 15 cashews in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. later drain and keep aside.
  • rinse and soak 1 to 1.25 cups mediums sized cauliflower florets in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. this step is optional and only to get rid of any insects or worms in the cauliflower. after blanching the cauliflower, drain them and keep aside.
  • rinse, peel and chop the rest of the veggies.
  • add the the ingredients mentioned under 'for ground paste' in a in a wet grinder jar.
  • pour 1/2 cup water and grind to a smooth fine paste. keep aside.

making veg kurma

  • heat 2 tbsp oil. add the chopped onions.
  • stir and saute till the onions turn translucent or a light brown. add 7 to 8 curry leaves and stir.
  • next add the chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp red chili powder. stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • add the ground paste. stir and mix well. saute stirring often for 4 to 5 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • then add 2 tbsp fresh curd/yogurt. if you want, you can skip yogurt too.
  • mix the curd very well with the rest of the masala.
  • add the chopped mix veggies. stir and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • then add 1.25 cups water. for slightly thin gravy you can add 1.5 cups water. if cooking in a pan, then add 1.5 to 2 cups of water. stir well.
  • season with salt as per taste.

cooking veg kurma

  • pressure cook for 2 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes.
  • when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. if you find the gravy to be thin, then you can simmer for some more minutes. 
  • if the gravy looks thick, then add some water and simmer for a few more minutes. the consistency should be medium - neither thin nor thick.
  • add 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir.
  • serve vegetable kurma with pooris or chapatis.

NOTES

  • you can increase or decrease the amount of spices as per your taste.
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100 comments/reviews

  1. Thank you for such wonderful recipes. You’re measurements are very very accurate. Kurma came out very well. I tried your other recipes as well like mor rasam, tomato rasam, gutti vankaya and many more .Everyone at my home loves your recipes.5 stars

    • welcome sumalatha. felt nice to read your comment and the feedback on the recipes you have tried. thank you much. wish you all the best and happy cooking. thanks for the rating too.

  2. Delicious Hotel style kurma…ditto…everyone in the fly gobbled the whole meal up with utmost satisfaction!!
    Thanks alot for the recipe!!
    Gonna b a keeper forever!!
    I am sure it would be a hit for parties nd gatherings!!5 stars

  3. Hi,
    I have been following you for a while now and I have to say that you are amazing. I have tried many recipes from your blog. Some haven’t worked and some are awesome. My recent hits are sooji ka halwa and this sensational korma. My mom makes almost a very similar version and I used to love it. The addition of marathi moggu and stone flower makes such a huge difference I must say. Thank you for providing your readers with such great content. We really appreciate it. Keep up with the great work.5 stars

  4. hi Dassana!thank u for this wonderful recipe.on my travels to Kerala & Tamil Nadu I did learn how to make the korma but the grounding of the spices in the paste makes it so much convenient whilst eating.
    The only variation I made was that I added fresh coconut,all spice berry and mint leaves to the paste.5 stars

    • thanks meveera. agree on the grinding of spices. yes of course variations can be done. fresh coconut, mint leaves and all spice are good additions.

  5. Hi Dassana,
    This is a recipe I have been relying upon for a long time whenever I want to prepare veg korma. But one thing I always wondered was how your cauliflower does not get mashed in a pressure cooker even after 2-3 whistles or after 9-10 mins of pressure cooking (Photo 23). It’s a very big challenge for me to get cauliflower clean and neat in any dish :-).

    • kavitha, i get cauliflower which takes a lot of time to cook. its depends on the quality if cauliflower. in fact i blanch the cauliflower first and then cook. then also it takes a lot of time. you can just pressure cook for 1 whistle also.

  6. Thank you for the recipes, their presentation and the sheer choice. I have come to depend on your site for inspiration and ideas.
    Many of your recipes involve cooking directly in the cooker as in the case of the navratan korma. My cooker is large and I usually end up burning the dish as I am unable to do the andaza method to see what works. For such recipes, can I cook in a pan, then transfer said vessel into cooker and pressure cook in the end as per recipe? Will this work equally well as cooking directly in cooker? please advise.4 stars

    • Welcome Suman. No need to transfer. You can directly cook in a pan or pot. but just add some more water than what is mentioned in the recipe. it will take some more time in pan than what it takes in pressure cooker. but taste will be good.

  7. hi mam,I am a regular follower of your receipes can u plz help me FOR PREPARING 1 KG VEG KURMA
    how much vegetables are needed for making 1kg vegetable koruma?can u please share me the quantity of items required for making 1 kg veg koruma5 stars

    • thanks raheema. usually gravy recipe are difficult to double or triple as spices are used. so while making gravy or curry recipes in large quantities, the method of andaaz or approximation should be used. it will be very difficult for me to give the measurements for a 1 kg veg kurma curry. when i prepare any gravy recipe in large quantities, i use the method of andaaz. i am sorry i am unable to help you here.

  8. hi
    awesome recipe …..easy to make
    thank you so much for the recipe
    ive tried so many of your recipes and not one of them has flopped.
    thanks for all the recipes
    I just have a question. in this recipe can we add coconut milk in the step where we’re supposed to add water? will it make a huge difference in the taste?5 stars

    • thanks a lot neha. glad to know that all the recipes have worked well. if you want to add coconut milk, the add it at the last and just gently heat through. pressure cooking or boiling coconut milk will curdle it. so you will need to add some water for cooking the veggies. once the veggies are cooked, then you can add coconut milk. gently heat through and then switch off the flame. the taste will change with coconut milk and will taste good.

  9. Very tasty and truly restaurant style. Step by step instructions with photos is very helpful. Thanks a lot.5 stars