Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Restaurant-Style Vegetable Kurma

Vegetable Kurma
A while back,when my brother-in-law and family were here,one of the restaurants he wanted to visit was Saravana Bhavan.While there,he ordered Idiyappam and Kurma and after his first mouthful,he just could not believe how they could maintain the same taste even after 20 years,that's when he had tasted the combo last.That got us thinking,barring the North Indian delicacies,which taste different in each restaurant,there are some standard dishes which taste similar,any place you order it.

The Kurma we get in Chennai is more of a thick version with slightly mashed vegetables,yellow-greenish in colour and tasting of coconut milk and spices.Whereas the ones we get in Kerala is pale yellow in colour,with vegetables slightly undercooked,tasting of coconut and fennel.It pairs up wonderfully with Aappam,Idiyappam,Chapathi as well as Parotta and for the same reason is made in bulk,which I believe makes it taste great.

I've tried different recipes for Kurma before and feel this one tastes the closest to the ones served in Kerala Restaurants.So here's another recipe for the Chapati-Side dish recipe requests:)
Vegetable Kurma
Restaurant-Style Vegetable Kurma
Recipe slightly adapted from Vanitha


Mixed vegetables chopped - roughly 2 cups-I used Cauliflower,Carrot,Beans,
Baby corn,Green Peas and Potato

Vegetable Kurma-ingredients 
For the Masala paste
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Fennel/Perumjeerakam - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts - 6-8
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp

Coconut oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium,finely chopped
Ginger - 1' piece,finely chopped or crushed
Green chilly - 2,sliced
Tomato - 1,chopped
Salt to taste
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp

For the tadka
Small onions/Kochulli - 8-10
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Red chilly - 1

Coriander leaves - for garnish


Vegetable Kurma-step1 
Make a smooth paste of ingredients mentioned under the masala paste-coconut,fennel,cashewnuts and haldi.
Vegetable Kurma-step2 
In a kadai add 1 tbsp coconut oil and saute onions,green chilly and ginger till the onions turn soft and translucent.
Mix in the chopped vegetables and give a good mix.
Vegetable Kurma-step3 
Add the masala paste and about 1 1/2 cups of water and salt to taste.Close with a lid and let the vegetables cook for 5-7 minutes.
Mix in the chopped tomato and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes.
Vegetable Kurma-step4 
Add the garam masala,cover with the lid and switch off the flame.
In another pan add the 1/2 tbsp oil and saute small onions and curry leaves till the onions turn brown and are cooked from the inside.Add the red chilly,and add the whole tadka to the kurma.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

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  1. It's lunch time over here dear and you are making me so hungry ma ;)

    Mouthwatering pics...yumm!!!

  2. hey!!! shud try this out..never have thought of having cashew nuts along with the coconut in kurmas..lovely Divya...

  3. I love this kurma.. Nice way to have veggies :)

  4. Thats a droolworthy kurma, am avoiding cashews,but cant wait to make this kurma while making some chappathis for our dinner..Beautiful dish.

  5. looks so delectable.. And nice clicks too...

  6. Divya how have u been...long time since i told even a hi here! Its been 3 yrs since i tried veg kurma... Wonder y i dont try it.... I love ur SBS pics they r so helpful Lovely pic

  7. looking nice. this is lunch time feeling very hungry. let me try

  8. A must try recipe, book marking your version of kurma

  9. good recipe. what type of blender you use for making coconut paste?

    1. I use Bajaj Food Processor and the mixer jars which came with it.

  10. I am in the mode of creating restaurant style replicas too , been surfing a lot of recipes, but at the end it's my intuition and guesses of what goes into the dish when I feel the taste from restaurant is what gives me the clue to start... Your recipe looks spot on, will give it a try :)

  11. this is an awesome recipe, tried it and was yumm

  12. I tried this yesterday at home, it was just yumm, it tasted 1000 times better than the hotel one.. thanks divya

  13. Good recipe to make vegetables kurma, it's my favorite one.
    You have got an amazing food blog with fabulous pictures! I could spend hours on your blog.
    I will try all the recipes that are explained here.

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  14. Tried this recipe at home...it was a great hit!!!

  15. thank you for posting yummy and mouth watering recipe


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