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

Ingredients

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
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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)

Method

Clean the cauliflower florets,drain and keep aside.
Make a smooth paste of the ingredients mentioned under the coconut paste-reserve.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Notes
  • 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.

17 comments :

  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 ;-)

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  3. So delicious n tempting gravy...

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

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

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  6. Nice elaborate steps, kurma looks yumm!!

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

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  8. this is looking awesome. very flavorful

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  9. 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.
    Regards.
    PS: Is that a Gulgulo in the previous post?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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