Monday, August 11, 2014

Vegetable Kurma - Spicy Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Kurma is a spicy vegetable stew made by boiling vegetables in aromatic spices to form a stew.Spices and coconut are then added to enhance the flavor and texture.The gravy is then cooked in a large pan in medium heat so the vegetables absorb the spicy stew.This is good with rice and roti.


  • Onion - 3  
  • Tomato - 2
  • Carrot - 2
  • Potato, medium - 4
  • Beans - 5 or 6
  • Cauliflower florets - 1 cup roughly cut
  • Green peas - a handlful
  • Giner garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 2 tsp 
  • Red chili powder - 2tsp or as desired
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro - a small bunch chopped.
  • Salt - 1/2  tsp or as desired

    To Temper :
    • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
    • Bay leaves
    • Cinnamon stick -1
    • Cardamom whole - 3
    • Star Anise - 1
    • Cloves - 4
    • Oil - 4 tblsp

    To grind :

    • Coconut - 1/2 cup shredded
    • Fennel seeds - 1 tblsp
    • poppy seed - 1/2 tsp
    • cashews - 6

    Method :
    • Cut all the vegetables except onion and tomatoes into large chunks.
    • Boil them in an large pan with little salt.Do not drain the water as we will use it for the stew.Instead,you can pressure cook the vegetables for one whistle.
    • Add the ingredients under "To grind" to a food processor and grind it into a smooth paste.
    • Chop the onions and tomatoes into small pieces and keep them aside.
    • In a large deep bottomed pan,add oil.Add the spices under "To temper". Roast them for a min.
    • Add the chopped onion and saute them for 5 min until they start to brown slightly.Add little salt.
    • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 min.Add the chopped tomatoes and mix it well.
    • Let them cook until the tomatoes turn light mushy.Now turn the gas to low flame and add garam masala and red chili powder and pinch of salt.
    • Add excess oil if required.Mix the masala well and keep sauteing until the raw smell goes.Now add the masala which we ground into a paste.
    • Change the flame to medium and keep stirring until oil gets separated from the gravy.Now add the vegetables along with the stew.Mix well and close the pan with a lid.
    • Change the flame to low and let it simmer for 15 min.Switch off the flame and add chopped coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice or roti.


    1. delicious veg stew n what a beautiful clicks!!!

    2. Thank you for sharing the step by step instructions. Tried this recipe today and made yummy kurma!