Veg Kurma Recipe | Vegetable Korma (Stovetop and Instant Pot)

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Vegetable kurma is a delicious spiced curry from the Indian Cuisine. Kurma is also called as korma. There are many variations in making korma. I am sharing 2 South Indian style kurma recipes made with mixed veggies, coconut and spices.

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  • Hotel Style Vegetable Kurma made in a pressure cooker on the stovetop. You can also make it in pan.
  • Mix Veggie Korma made in an Instant Pot (Vegan).

Both the vegetarian korma recipes are with step by step photos and taste good. You can make either of them as per the cooking gadgets you want to use.

About Korma or Kurma

Korma is a curry dish that is popular in India as well as in Central Asia. The base of the curry can be coconut paste or coconut milk, yogurt, cream, onion or tomato paste or nuts & seeds paste or a combination.

In the North Indian and Mughlai cuisine generally, milk, yogurt (curd) and cream are added. Whereas in the South Indian versions, coconut is used along with some nuts and seeds.

There are many many variations of making a korma. The taste and the flavor vary with the cooking technique and the ingredients that are used in the korma.

Few such popular veg kurma variations

I have tried and tested a lot of vegetarian korma recipes before and most of them I felt lacked flavor, depth and taste. Now after making so many korma recipes, I have become an expert in preparing korma.

About this Hotel Style Vegetable Kurma

This veg kurma tastes awesome. It is not a sweet-tasting korma but has spiced and complex flavors. Green chillies are added to bring some heat in the dish. Though you can also use dry red chilies.

I have also added both coconut and yogurt in this south indian korma variation. The whole recipe has been made in a stovetop pressure cooker. If you have time then you can also cook the korma in a pan.

The vegetables can be of your choice (cauliflower, carrots, corn, baby corn, brinjal, peas, beans, potatoes). You can also add paneer (cottage cheese) or mushrooms or tofu to the korma. To make a vegan korma recipe, substitute dairy yogurt with vegan yogurt or skip adding yogurt.

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.

This hotel style vegetable kurma 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.

You can also serve with poori or neer dosa or poha dosa or set dosa. Even plain soft dosa goes very well with mix veg kurma. Sometimes I also serve 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 of 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.

making vegetable kurma recipe

20. Add salt as per taste.

salt for making veg kurma recipe

Pressure cooking veg kurma

21. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 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 of veg kurma should be medium – neither thin nor thick.

making vegetable kurma recipe

22. Add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Stir.

making veg korma recipe

23. Serve veg kurma with pooris or chapatis or appam or plain paratha.

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Veg Kurma (Hotel Style)

4.86 from 64 votes
Delicious South Indian style vegetarian kurma recipe made with mixed veggies, coconut, green chillies, spices and herbs.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Course: Main Course
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 4 to 5
Units

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 ½ 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, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ½ 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 poori or roti or naan bread or steamed rice.

Notes

  • You can increase or decrease the amount of spices as per your taste.
  • You can alter the consistency of the gravy by adding less or more water.
Substitutions
  • Dairy yogurt can be replaced with vegan yogurt to make vegan korma. Or you can skip adding yogurt entirely.
  • Almonds can be used instead of cashews.
  • Roasted chana dal can be skipped.
  • In place of poppy seeds you can use melon seeds or poppy seeds can be skipped entirely.
  • Adding stone flower is optional and can be skipped. 
  • Curry leaves can be replaced with 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf).
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About this Instant Pot Vegetable Korma

This Vegetable Korma made in the Instant Pot is an aromatic, delicious and lightly spiced red curry. It is made with mixed vegetables, coconut, cashews, dry red chillies, herbs and spices.

Making korma in the instant pot saves cooking time and gets done quickly. This red korma recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

instant pot korma served in an off-white bowl with a plate of indian flatbreads and a bowl of chopped lemons on a black slate board

Why this veg korma recipe works

  1. Cooking in IP: when cooking thick gravy recipes like korma, it is important to add enough amount of water so that you do not get the burn sign. The amount of water added in this recipe works very well and you do not get the burn sign when pressure cooking.
  2. Taste & flavor: This recipe of korma has a complex taste and flavor. It is not an overly sweet version but a spiced one. Dry Kashmiri red chillies impart a lovely red color to the korma. The addition of coconut also gives a nice subtle sweetness that gets balanced with the pungency and heat of the spices.
  3. One pot cooking: the entire recipe has been cooked in the instant pot. If you have time then you can also cook the korma in a pan.
  4. Vegetables: Can be of your choice (cauliflower, broccoli, corn, carrots, eggplant, green peas, baby corn, beans, potatoes). You can also add paneer (Indian cottage cheese) or tofu or white button mushrooms. I personally love the taste and texture of mushrooms in korma gravies.

This veg korma is best served with Indian breads like roti, chapati, Kerala parotta, paratha, naan and poori.

The next good option is to serve this red korma is with steamed rice, cumin rice or Kashmiri pulao. You can also have this curry with bread or dinner rolls.

instant pot veg korma served in an off-white bowl with a plate of Indian flatbreads and a bowl of chopped lemons on a black slate board

How to make Instant Pot vegetable korma

Preparation

1. Take all the following ingredients for making the spice paste or masala paste in a grinder jar.

  • Nuts and seeds: 6 tablespoons grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut, 6 whole cashews, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds.
  • Spices: 1-inch cinnamon, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 3 to 4 Kashmiri red chillies and a tiny piece of stone flower (optional).
  • Herbs: 3 to 4 medium-sized garlic (chopped) and 1-inch ginger (chopped).
  • Lentils: 1 tablespoon roasted chana dal (roasted split and husked chickpeas).

ingredients for veg korma recipe

2. Add ½ cup of water and grind to a smooth paste. You can add more water if required while grinding.

grind veg korma ingredients

3. Rinse, peel and dice all the veggies. I added carrots, french beans, potatoes, cauliflower, peas and some white button mushrooms (optional).

mixed veggies for korma recipe

Sauteing

4. Switch on the instant pot. Press the sauté button on less mode or normal mode for 10 to 15 minutes. When the instant pot displays hot, add 3 tablespoons oil. Add ⅓ cup chopped onions and 8 to 10 curry leaves. You can also add 1 small to medium tej patta (Indian bay leaf) instead of curry leaves.

add oil and onions in instant pot

5. Sauté onions till they soften and turn translucent. No need to brown the onions.

Sauté onions

6. Add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

Add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes

7. Mix very well and sauté tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes.

sauté tomatoes

8. Add the ground coconut & spices paste.

Add the ground coconut spices paste

9. Mix very well.

mix well

10. sauté masala paste for 8 to 9 minutes on the Low mode of the sauté option. keep on stirring often so that the masala paste does not stick at the bottom of the steel insert pan. The masala paste will thicken and look glossy.

sauté masala paste for 8 to 9 minutes

11. Add the diced vegetables. You can also add 2 tablespoons curd (yogurt) at this step. You can use either dairy yogurt or almond yogurt or cashew yogurt.

Add the diced vegetables

12. Stir and mix very well. Deglaze after adding vegetables. Stir very well and scrape any ingredient stuck at the bottom of the steel insert pot. The moisture from the veggies will help in deglazing.

Deglaze after adding vegetables

13. Press the cancel button. Add 1.5 cups water in the grinder or blender jar. Close lid and swirl and shake the jar. So the masala stuck beneath the blades and the sides get mixed with the water. Keep aside.

Add 1.5 cups water in the grinder or blender jar

14. Add this masala mixed water to the veggies. Mix very well and deglaze if required.

Add this masala mixed water to the veggies

Pressure cooking

15. Cover IP with its lid. Turn the valve to its sealing position. Use the pressure cook or manual mode and set the timer to 5 minutes on high pressure.

Cover IP with its lid

16. Wait for 3 minutes once you hear the beep after the pressure cooking is done. Then give a quick pressure release (QPR). Open the lid.

Wait for 3 minutes once you hear the beep after the pressure cooking is done

17. Give a stir. Check taste and add more salt if required.

check taste of korma

18. Serve this vegan korma garnished with some coriander leaves. Drizzle some lemon juice on top of the red korma before having it with Indian breads like roti, parathas or pooris or rumali roti. It also taste delicious with naan bread or cumin rice or steamed rice.

instant pot korma served in an off-white bowl with a plate of Indian flatbreads and a bowl of chopped lemons on a black slate board

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Instant Pot Vegetable Korma Recipe

4.87 from 38 votes
This veg korma is an aromatic, delicious and lightly spiced red curry made with mix vegetables, coconut, cashews, dry red kashmiri chillies, herbs and spices.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Main Course
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 5
Units

Ingredients

for making spice paste

  • 6 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 6 whole cashews
  • 1 tablespoon roasted chana dal (roasted split & husked chickpeas)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 3 to 4 medium sized garlic - chopped
  • 1 inch ginger - chopped
  • 3 to 4 dry red kashmiri chilies or byadgi chilies - broken and deseeded if you prefer. substitute with 1 to 2 green chilies or 1 to 2 dry red chillies of any other variety depending on the hotness and pungency of the chilies.
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus) - if not available then skip
  • a small tiny piece of stone flower (dagad phool or kalpasi or patthar ke phool) - skip if not available. stone flower is strongly aromatic and flavored. so use a very tiny piece.
  • ½ cup water for grinding or add as required

other ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons oil - sunflower oil or peanut oil or any neutral tasting oil
  • cup chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves or 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • cup chopped tomatoes or medium-sized tomato
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup chopped carrots or a medium to large carrot or 80 to 90 grams carrots
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped french beans or 40 to 50 grams french beans
  • ½ cup green peas - fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium to large potato or 80 to 100 grams potatoes
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup diced capsicum (green bell pepper) - optional
  • 4 to 5 white button mushrooms - optional
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) - for garnish

Instructions

preparation

  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under the list "spice paste" in a grinder.
  • Add ½ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. if required you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons more water while grinding.
  • Keep the ground paste aside.
  • Rinse, peel and dice all the veggies.

sautéing

  • Switch on the instant pot. Press the sauté button on less or normal mode for 10 to 15 minutes. When the instant pot displays hot, add 3 tablespoon oil. Add the chopped onions and curry leaves. You can also add 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf) instead of curry leaves.
  • Sauté onions till they soften and turn translucent. No need to brown the onions.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder. Mix very well and sauté tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground coconut & spices paste. Mix very well.
  • Sauté masala paste for 8 to 9 minutes on the Low mode of sauté option. keep on stirring often so that the masala paste does not stick at the bottom of the steel insert pan. The masala paste will thicken and look glossy after it gets cooked well.
  • Add the diced vegetables. At this step you can also add 2 tablespoons curd (yogurt). You can use either dairy yogurt or almond yogurt or cashew yogurt.
  • Stir and mix very well. Deglaze after adding vegetables. Stir very well and scrape any ingredient stuck at the bottom of the steel insert pot. The moisture from the veggies will help in deglazing.
  • Press the cancel button. Add 1.5 cups water in the grinder or blender jar. Close lid and swirl and shake the jar. So the masala stuck beneath the blades and the sides of the jar gets mixed with the water. Keep aside.
  • Add this masala mixed water. Mix very well and deglaze if required.

pressure cooking vegetable korma

  • Cover ip with its lid. Position the valve to its sealing position. Use the pressure cook or manual mode and set the timer to 5 minutes on high pressure.
  • Wait for 3 minutes once you hear the beep after the pressure cooking is done. Then give a quick pressure release. Open the lid.
  • Give a stir. Check the taste and add more salt if required. If the consistency of red korma looks very thick, then add some hot water. Mix well.
  • Serve this mix vegetable korma garnished with some coriander leaves with roti, paratha or poori or rumali roti or steamed rice. Also serve some lemon wedges.

Notes

Tips & suggestions
  1. Consistency: you can make a thick or medium consistency gravy by adding less or more water.
  2. Burn sign: while pressure cooking if you get burn sign on the display, then lift the valve and release all the pressure. Remove the lid. Add ½ cup water. Mix very well and pressure cook for 4 minutes on high pressure.
  3. 2 tablespoons of fresh curd or yogurt can also be added with the raw vegetables. You can even use vegan yogurt like almond yogurt or cashew yogurt. 
  4. Consistency: if the korma gravy has a very thick consistency after pressure cooking, then add some hot water. Mix very well.
  5. Instant pot 6 quart: The recipe is made in a 6 quart instant pot. You can easily make it in a 3 quart instant pot. For making in a 8 quart instant pot, you will need to add more water. 
Substitutions
  • Almonds can be used instead of cashews.
  • Roasted chana dal can be skipped.
  • In place of poppy seeds you can use melon seeds or poppy seeds can be skipped entirely.
  • Adding stone flower is optional and can be skipped. 
  • Curry leaves can be replaced with 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf).

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 499mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2537IUVitamin B1 (Thiamine): 1mgVitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mgVitamin B3 (Niacin): 20mgVitamin B6: 1mgVitamin B12: 1µgVitamin C: 63mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 12µgCalcium: 81mgVitamin B9 (Folate): 228µgIron: 3mgMagnesium: 41mgPhosphorus: 104mgZinc: 1mg

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