Saturday, October 2, 2010

Chettinad Vegetable Kurma

This is a recipe that I tried from here and it was quite a hit at the party for which I made this. It was mild and creamy and was a tasty variation to the usual red gravies. It pairs really well with chapathis or parottas or even with some ghee rice. I made this a while ago but couldn't post it sooner.


Carrot - 1 big, cut into small cubes
Beans - 10, cut into small pieces
Peas - a handful
Cauliflower - half cup, florets
Potato - 1 small, cut into small cubes
Capsicum (Green bell pepper) - 1/3 cup, cut into cubes
Onion - 1 medium, chopped finely
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Seasoning - 1 clove, 1 small cinnamon, a pinch of sombu
Oil - 3 tsp

To Grind for Masala Paste:
Grated Coconut - about half cup (not packed)
Cashews OR Almonds - 6
Pottukadalai (Roasted gram) - 1 tbsp
Poppy seeds (Kasa Kasa) - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Clove - 1
Cardamom - 1
Fennel seeds (sombu) - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 10
Ginger - half inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves

1) For the Masala paste -
In a tsp of oil, add cinnamon, cardamom, clove & fennel seeds then add the ginger, garlic & green chillies, pottukadalai, poppy seeds, cashew/almond and fry for a few minutes. Finally add the coconut. Grind this to a smooth paste with some water .

2) Microwave the cut vegetables with a few tbsp of water and some salt for about 5 to 7 minutes.

3) In a big pan, heat oil and add clove, cinnamon and sombu, followed by chopped onion. When that softens and gets cooked, then add the tomatoes and salt & the chilli powder - cook till slightly mushy.

4) Now add the microwaved vegetables and allow the mixture to boil for a few minutes. Now add the ground masala paste and sufficient water. When it starts to boil, allow this to simmer covered for about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure the curry doesn't become too thick. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


  1. Nice..I make similar to this.will try this version soon :)

  2. I luv ur version...perfect for chapathi and parotas

  3. Beautiful and droolworthy kurma, looks simply superb..

  4. What a creamy and yummy Kurma. I am hungry now :-)

  5. I love this a lot,the perfect combo is parotta,what say ? :) :) Looks really creamy!

  6. Hi Laavanya,

    Nice looking chettinad kurma...


  7. Hey we share the same name :), yummilicious chetinad varities....following u to visit u r space more often :) Do visit my space !!


  8. I will try this one as it looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. When it comes Chettinad, she has a huge a delicious collections.
    That looks awesome.

  10. wow! i tried this today n it was awesome. thanks Lav. :)

  11. Ya its really good yummy kurma


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