Saturday, 1 August 2015

Mixed Vegetable Kurma !



Mixed Vegetable Kurma is a south Indian side dish often served in restaurants with Parota (Malabar Parata / Kerala Parata) or with Chapatis. Loads of mixed vegetables are cooked in a coconut based gravy with some flavorful spices making it a very delicious recipe. It can be made very quick in a pressure cooker except for chopping lot of veggies. 



INGREDIENTS (No Onion No Garlic ) (Serves 2 - 3)

To Grind to a paste

  • 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 2 - 3 Green Chillis
  • 1 inch ginger piece
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds (Sombu)
  • 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 8 - 10 Whole Cashews 
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Mace
  • 1 1/2 tsp Roasted gram Dal (optional)
For Gravy
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • a pinch of asafoedita
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 3/4th  cup chopped Carrot
  • 1 potato (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Beans
  • 1/2 cup Baby Corn (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Butternut Squash (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

STEPS

  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add jeera, hing and bay leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and saute it. Allow it to cook and meanwhile grind all the ingredients mentioned under "to Grind" to a fine paste adding water.


  •  When the tomatoes become soft, add potatoes, carrots and beans and saute for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Then add squash, peas, babycorn and saute everything well for 2 minutes.


  • Add all the spice powders and required salt and give a mix.
  • Add in the ground paste to the veggies.


  •  Add a cup of water and pressure cook for 1 - 2 whistles and turn off stove.
  • Wait till pressure releases, and your delicious kurma is ready.

NOTES

  • The vegetables that go in are purely your choice, though carrot beans and potatoes are commonly added in kurma.
  • I used Squash and baby corn, you can also use plaintain (raw banana) , cauli flower etc.
  • Fresh coconut gives best results, and I have not tried with dessicated or frozen coconut. 
  • The stepwise pictures and the final pic displayed are cooked at two different times, so the vegetables used may vary slightly.
  • You can include Onion and Garlic.. Just saute finely chopped onions before adding tomatoes, and grind 2 -3 Cloves of Garlic along with other Ingredients.



With Love,

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