Friday, June 29, 2012

Cauliflower Kurma

I've been sitting and staring at the blank screen of my compose box for a while now.I write one sentence and then delete it and think of another.It hasn't happened to me very often so now I really do understand what bloggers mean when they say writers block-today is my turn of facing it.
Cauliflower Kurma
I made this simple Cauliflower Kurma yesterday for lunch with some fragrant Peas Pulao.The combo was delicious and I have some Kurma left which I am planning to serve with Chapathis.The writers block shouldn't deter me from posting this winner recipe,so I am going ahead with the post without my usual banter(can I see someone heaving a sigh of relief?!)

One thing that struck me after tasting the kurma was,how startlingly similar it was to the vegetable kurma I make(using my sil's recipe).How a base recipe gets different variations when shared through different people is something simply amusing.I followed the recipe to the T and made it using Cauliflower,you can try it with other veggies too.
Cauliflower Kurma
Cauliflower Kurma
Recipe source - Sia of Monsoon Spice


Cauliflower - 1 medium,cut into florets
Capsicum - 1 medium,cut into small chunks
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onions - 1 medium,finely chopped
Tomato - 1 large,finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - for garnish
Cauliflower Kurma-step3 
For the coconut paste

Grated coconut - 3/4 cup,tightly packed
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 3-4
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 3 (use the Kashmiri variety for more colour and less heat)


Clean the cauliflower florets,drain and keep aside.
Make a smooth paste of the ingredients mentioned under the coconut paste-reserve.
Cauliflower Kurma-step1 Cauliflower Kurma-step2 
In a kadai add oil and saute onions till they start turning golden brown.Cauliflower Kurma-step4
Mix in the ginger garlic paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes and stir well,keep on simmer till the tomatoes start turning pulpy.
Cauliflower Kurma-step5 
Now add the prepared coconut paste and about 1/2 a cup of water.Let it come to a rolling boil.
Add another cup of water,salt to taste and the cauliflower.Boil for a minute then close with a lid and simmer it for 10-12 minutes or till the cauliflower is cooked but yet firm.
Cauliflower Kurma-step6 
Open the lid and add the capsicum and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or pulao.

  • You could make the kurma with vegetables like carrots,peas,beans and potatoes.I am thinking mushrooms too!
  • The gravy is a thick one,more like masala coated vegetables.So if you are serving the same with chapathi,add water during the cooking stage.


  1. That is one delicious kurma! love the step by step pictures.

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  2. Yummity-yum..I hardly use coconut in any of my recipes but love to savor the same..feel lazy to grate ;-)

  3. yummy..I also have a cauliflower kurma in my blog which is green in it wid parotta n ghee rice

  4. wow!! my favorite cauliflower kurma looks very tasty!!!

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  5. Nice elaborate steps, kurma looks yumm!!

  6. Delicious looking Kurma ! Liked the step-by-step instructions.

  7. this is looking awesome. very flavorful

  8. Hi Divya,
    Just love, love , love your photos. What a lot of effort you put in your recipes. Cauliflower is my favourite veg so I certainly be trying this one.
    PS: Is that a Gulgulo in the previous post?

  9. Even this happens to me many times when i sit to write for a post.
    Flavorful kurma and beautifully explained

  10. Fantastic and super tempting kurma, makes me drool.

  11. The kurma looks so good.. full of flavor!

  12. mmmmmm..... mouth watering dish. Love cauliflower a lot. Will try this out.

  13. Kurma..another fav in my house. Love the clicks and the recipe!

  14. very yummy :) coconut always adds that extra flavour and thickness to the gravy :)

  15. A guy aged 21 who cooks when am in the mood. Normally Saturday and Sunday. simple and tasty dishes Divya. :)


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