Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Kurma - Hotel Style

I was suddenly remembered of the kurma which we get in our South Indian restaurants like Saravana Bhavan and wanted to make a similar version of it at home. I was as usual googling for a long time and finally took a bit of this and that and with my own additions came up with this recipe. It tasted just like the hotel style kurma. It goes well with chappathi but best with idiyappam and parotta!

Serves 2 - 3
Ingredients Required:
Onion - 1/2, sliced lengthwise
Tomato - 1, diced
Carrot - 1, peeled and diced
Cauliflower - 5 - 6 florets
Potato - 1 , boiled, peeled and chopped
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 tsp
Cilantro to garnish

To grind:
Onion - 1/2
Tomato - 1
Garlic - 2 cloves
Pottu Kadalai - 2 tblspn
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Freshly grated coconut - 2 tblspn
Green chilli - 1
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1
Cashews - 2 (can add more for more richer kurma)

How to make?
Grind all the ingredients under the 'To Grind' section and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
Add the onion and saute for few minutes till light brown in color.
Add the tomatoes, green chilli and ginger.
After the tomatoes are cooked add the garam masala powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder.
Add the ground paste and mix well. Add water if the mixture is too thick.
Close and cook for 5 minutes on medium low heat.
Add all the vegetables and salt. Give a good mix.
Close the pan and allow the mixture to cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally in between so the kurma does not burn.
Add water now and then only if required.
After cooking for 45 minutes, check if the raw smell has gone and if the vegetables are cooked.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve hot with main dish of your choice!

You can also add a tsp of poppy seeds while grinding for a better flavor. We do not use poppy seeds but it was just as delicious!

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