Jan 15, 2010

Healthy Kerela Vegetable Kurma

Hey guys.. good to see you again. TummyKhush is back with food for thought for you from Kerela :D.  Since there are lots of pics n stuff I am gonna share with you, I would be doing it in a series of blogs. To start off with.. a yummy Vegetable Kurma dish, very typical of Kerela cuisine. I borrowed this from the chef of an Ayurvedic resort where we had stayed in course of our journey. Apart from this my subsequent blogs would be showcasing lots of pictures reflecting the sights and smells (of food of course… :P) of Kerela. So here it comes… Vegetable kurma recipe straight out of the chef’s mouth (or pen if you wish :P).

The Ingredients:

Potatoes - ½ kg

Carrot – ½ kg

Beans – 1/4kg

Cauliflower – ¼ kg

Green peas – 100 gms

Tomatoes – ½ kg (chopped)

Onions – ½ kg (chopped)

Green chillies – 5 (chopped)

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Ginger - 1 inch piece (chopped or grated)

Garlic – 4 to 5 pods or as required (chopped)

Chilli powder - as required

Coriander powder – ½ tsp.

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Pepper powder and salt- according to taste

Coconut milk – ½ glass

The Yummy Veg Kurma

The procedure:

Chop all the vegetables i.e., potatoes, carrots, beans, cauliflower. Add peas to this mixture and boil till soft but still form. Make sure that they don’t get mushy as this may spoil the texture of the kurma.

Heat some coconut oil or regular cooking oil in a kadhai and add mustard seeds. (coconut oil does add a degree of authenticity to the dish if you are willing to experiment).

When they start spluttering , add the onions, green chillies, garlic and tomato pieces and sauté well.

Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder and allow to fry for a minute.

Add little water to this mixture and bring to boil. Add the boiled vegetables to this mixture. Add salt check seasoning and allow a boil to make sure that all the spices and vegetables take each other’s flavours. Just before switching off the stove add coconut milk and stir on low flame. The dish should be handled very carefully at this point as the coconut milk may curdle. You can add chopped coriander and serve.

We had this kurma with rotis and it tasted very good. The curry was very mild and  the flavors of all the ingredients could be felt. It can be had with rice too depeding on your taste. So guys…. Do try it and lemme know what you thought.

And now some more pics from the resort....

Carving with utmost care...

Herbal plants being grown in the resort premises.

Will be back soon with more interesting stuff.....


  1. Really cool and nice, awesome work out here. The pics, writing style, language , everything is exuberant.
    Keep it going !!!!

  2. Nice to see that apart from the recipes,u r adding a gud feel by posting the pics of the dish as wel as the people who helped you wid this .....thats sweet of you dear...