Vegetable Kurma

This is usually served with chappatis in restaurants in South India. It is one of the staples in my home, and can be served with chappatis (my preference) or rice. It is packed with vegetables and is absolutely delicious.




For the kurma:

  1. Potatoes – 4 cups,  peeled and cubed
  2. Carrots – 2 cups, peeled and cubed
  3. Shelled or frozen peas – 1 cup
  4. Beans – 1 cup, chopped. (or frozen beans)

For the masala paste:

  1. Onion – 1 large, peeled and roughly chopped
  2. Coconut  (grated or cut into pieces) –  3/4 cup
  3. Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp.
  4. White poppy seeds – 1 tbsp.
  5. Cinnamon – 2″ (5cm) piece
  6. Green cardamom – 5
  7. Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp.
  8. Star anise – 1
  9. Bay leaf – 1
  10. Green chillies – 2
  11. Ginger –  2″ (5cm) piece, peeled and roughly chopped
  12. Garlic flakes – 4
  13. Mint leaves – 1/2 cup
  14. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  15. Salt to taste



  1. Parboil all the vegetables together with the star anise and bay leaf.
  2. Heat a tsp. of vegetable oil in a big pan.
  3. Add the dry spices to the oil and sauté for a minute. Now add the onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the coconut and remove from the heat.
  4. Add these to a blender, and add 1/2 cup of water to the contents. Purée until fairly smooth.
  5. Add the blender contents to the parboiled vegetables. Add salt and roughly torn curry leaves.
  6. Bring the kurma to a boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with chappatis.



8 thoughts on “Vegetable Kurma

  1. Anita, I just got to your wordpress site – and I am delighted that you are sharing these wonderful recipes! Thank you. The above tastes simply delicious in my mind. I’ll try your recipe this weekend and attempt to get it to look and taste as good as you’ve shared. Many hugs.


  2. Hi Anita, I tried your fantastic recipe. It turned out great – everyone loved it! The spices blend together so well. Thank you for making time to share! The pictures are so helpful! We were fed up of the regular south and north Indian dishes I make – and not knowing what I don’t know, couldn’t actually search for unique dishes with Indian tastes. I cannot pinpoint above to the north or south. So it is your unique recipe for my family. : – ) Now will try for others one by one. Thanks Anita!


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