Monday, November 24, 2014

Veggie Kurma

Kurma/ Korma is one of the best accompaniments for chappathis, rotis, rice , idiyappam. appams or pooris. Every state has a different version of kurma/korma. My Dear friend, Chitra Kamath, whom we fondly call Chitrakka, an expert cook and who has always been motivating and encouraging us right from the onset of our blog, came up with this interesting recipe of veggie kurma. Easy to make and lighter than the normal ones. This one is mildly spiced and the coconut content is also lesser than normal. Packed with vitamins and minerals. A recipe worth a try. This one for you Chitrakka :) 


Servings : 4
Mixed Vegetables - 1 1/2 cup diced
( I used carrot, beans, cauliflower,potato, peas and capsicum)
Onions - 2 medium sized chopped
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup 
(homemade with 2 small tomatoes)
Green chillies - 2
Tamarind paste -  2 tsp
Sauf powder - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
To be ground into the paste:
Khus Khus - 1 tsp
(soaked for 30 minutes)
Sambhar onions - 4 nos
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Madras curry powder or Pav bhaji masala - 2 tsp
Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 2 tsp (I used coconut oil)
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp chopped for garnish

  • Dice all the veggies,steam them till half done and keep aside.
  • Grind the soaked khus khus, onions, ginger garlic paste, coconut, curry powder/ pav bhaji masala together  into a smooth paste.
  • Take a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds and jeera.
  • Once they crackle add curry leaves and chopped onions.
  • When the onions turn pink, add the veggies,tomato puree and fry well.
  • Add the ground paste and fry for sometime.
  • Add the green chillies, salt, tamarind paste and 1/2 cup water.
  • Cover and cook on simmer or 3-4 minutes.
  • Check for salt and spice.
  • Finally switch off flame,add the saunf powder and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot!!
  • Do not over cook the veggies. keep them a little crunchy.
  • Keep the gravy semi thick...don't make it too watery.

Happy Cooking!!!

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