19th December 2017

Vegetable Kurma

The vegetable kurma is a mixed vegetable dish in a cashew nut – coconut gravy. It is mild and retains the flavours of the vegetable. It can be eaten with chapattis or rice.

Serves: 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 20 Mins.

Cooking Time: 40 Mins.

Ingredients:

  • Mixed Vegetable (see note below) – 450 gms.
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Tomato (cut into quarters) – 1 medium
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Fresh Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp.
  • Coconut (grated) – ½ small
  • Corriander Leaves (finely chopped) – 2 tbsp.
  • Cashew nuts – 5 to 6
  • Poppy Seeds – 1 tsp.
  • Roasted Chana Dal [Dalia] – 1 tbsp.
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Green Cardamom – 3
  • Bay Leaves – 2
  • Corriander Powder – 1 tbsp.
  • Cumin Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Red Chilly Powder – 1 ½ to 2 tsp.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp.

Step 1:     Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in 50 ml. hot water for 15 minutes.

Step 2:     Grind the coconut and dalia with the soaked cashew nuts and poppy seeds to a fine paste and keep aside.

Step 3:     Heat the oil in a pan and add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves and sauté for a few seconds on medium heat. Add the chopped onion, ¼ tsp. salt and sauté till the onion is light golden.

Step 4:     Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute on low heat. Next add the tomatoes and sauté till they turn soft. Throw in all the powdered masalas and sauté for a minute (add a tbsp. of water if the masalas start sticking to the pan).

Step 5:     Now add the chopped vegetables and the quartered tomato with 400 ml. warm water and ½ tsp. salt. Cover and cook on low heat for 12 to 15 minutes till the vegetables are half cooked.

Step 6:     When the vegetables are half done, add the ground paste and cook covered for a further 12 to 15 minutes till all the vegetables are cooked but crunchy. Garnish with corriander leaves.

Note:

  • Recommended Vegetables – cauliflower florets, carrot cubes, corn, baby corn pieces, French bean pieces and potato pieces.
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