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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Basics:The Making of Simple Vegetable Kurma

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Kurma/Khorma/Kuruma/Korma is an Indian Curry variant that is usually made with vegetables,meat or both and there is always a masala(ground spice,onion, tomato and nut mixture) involved. It can be quite intimidating to novice cooks but it is very simple, easy and a cinch to make.This version of mine is a very basic kurma that can be done in 30 minutes or less if you have all the veggies cut and ready.Goes well with Ghee(Clarified Butter) Rice, Lime Rice, Plain Rice, Roti or anything at all. A very common and versatile Indian dish and the possibilities with it are endless.Other Kurma recipes that are a little more challenging - Navratan Korma(Curry of Nine Gems), Smashed Potato N Mint Kurma.

Ingredients:
  • Cauliflower Florets - 2 1/2 cups
  • Carrots - 4, medium, peeled and sliced
  • Fresh or Frozen peas - 2/3 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp (Paprika or Cracked pepper may be used)
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup, beaten
  • Cilantro - 2 tbsp, finely chopped, for Garnish
  • Salt for taste
For the Masala:
  • Clove - 2
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1/2 inch
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, medium, chopped
  • Red Onion - 2, medium, chopped
  • Hot Green Chili - 2-3, vertically slit
  • Roma Tomato - 2, halved and then quartered
  • Cashew Nut or Walnut or Grated Fresh/Frozen Coconut- 1/2 cup (I used Cashew Nut for this recipe)
 Procedure:
  • In a saute pan, heat a tbsp of oil and add all the ingredients under "For the masala" in the order mentioned and saute until the onions are really browned. 
  • Cool the mixture and blend to a smooth paste.Set aside.
  • Heat the remaining tbsp of oil and saute the carrots, cauliflower until the tip of the cauliflower turns light brown.
  • Pour the ground mixture along with little water, cumin powder, chili powder, salt and cook on medium flame with closed lid for 10 minutes.
  • Add the green peas and stir in the beaten yogurt and cook for 5 more minutes on a low flame.
  • Switch off stove and garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve hot.
Makes 4-5 servings.
Enjoy!

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49 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious darling. I always get enthused to cook when I visit your blog. Hope life is treating you with white gloves my friend.

    Sending you lots of love and big hugs
    Duchess

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  2. looks so delicious yarr.i always prefer this with chapathi or appam..

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  3. Lovely recipe....I always dread making kurma!

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  4. All time favorite..Where did u take the pic..natural light adds so much to the pic..

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  5. I can have this simple kurma with my rotis anytime, very colourful..

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  6. Looks wonderful Lassi!
    By the way, my daughter absolutely adores the music on your blog! She really loves the Rawnald Gregory Erickson song.
    Cheers!

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  7. Wat a fabulous kutma curry, truly stunning..

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  8. the kurma looks yum and perfect!!love it with hot rotis!!

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  9. Hi CL! hru doing today???

    Vege kurma is one of my Hubby's fav. Must cook for him atleast twice a month! Urs with yogurt looks really good and tempting! ;)

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  10. ♥♥ Olá, amiga!
    Passei para uma visitinha...♥
    Gosto do seu cantinho... sempre agradável, criativo e encantador... você é muito talentosa.
    Ótima semana! ♥
    ♥♥ Beijinhos.
    Itabira - Brasil ♥♥

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  11. Kurma looks really yummy. Nice to be with dosa, appam roti etc.

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  12. Nice recipe...Korma looks colorful and delicious! Love it with appam, idiyappam and chapatis..

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  13. Looks delicious and love the kurma any time with parotta and roti...

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  14. fantastic recipe, love to have it with rotis.

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  15. fantastic recipe, love to have it with rotis.

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  16. your kurma looks so delicious! and nice instructions too.

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  17. Kurma is one of my favorite Indian dishes! All of those veggies in that creamy masala sauce...can't be beat!

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  18. Simple Vegetable Korma presented in a way it looks like 5 start retaurant served...wow

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  19. Simple but definitely a very enjoyable veggie dish!

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  20. Looks quite like our local Malay vegetable dish called Sayor Lodeh , cabbages , string beans , turnip , carrot , firm beancurd etc cooked with coconut milk and cuury vegetable powder... very appetizing !

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  21. Colourful, aromatic and very appetizing :). How about a few fennel seeds in it ? :)

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  22. wow.... this one looks so so so awesome :)..good work and thanks a tom for sharing with us :)

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  23. even though simple kurma, the presentation is gorgeous dear as usual.

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  24. i too made veg kuruma last day....but a little change i used coconut..... i will post it soon

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  25. i love colorful dishes...urs look delcious as usual...nicelt expalined..love this with garlic naan..i also add some raisins and pineapple pieces...for the sweet/sour taste...

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  26. Hi dear, lovely recipe! Looks delicious. Kisses

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  27. Kuruma looks soo colourful dear ingredients sounds great sure it will taste good with rotis.

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  28. the weather is still so crappy here in England and i ahte every bit of it..on a good note, i cans till have soups and stews and this korma...wud be a great dinner treat..

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  29. Kurma is my fav with dosa or poori.Like to have them quite often CL.Nice version .

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  30. One of my fav veg curry,perfect with jeera rice,nice recipe

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  31. Nice tasty looking kurma...love the way your have cut the veggies here :)

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  32. Kurma looks so delicious and colorful...nice clicks.

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  33. This looks too good..one dish I never get tired of...:-)

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  34. Beautifully made so colourful and eyecatching.

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  35. Looks delicious and colorful... love it!!

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  36. Those veggies look so delectable in the lovely textured gravy..... Very delicious!!!! I bet!!!!

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.copm/)

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  37. Its interesting that you have called for using walnuts or cashews or coconuts. I have never used walnuts in savory preparations. I will try that next time. Veggie Kurma is one of my fav side dishes with biriyani. Though mine tastes fine, I always enjoy when some one else makes it for me. Would have to make your version to taste. thanks for sharing.

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  38. MMMM...My husband would LOVE this. Right up his alley!

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