Vellai kurma white kurma, a south Indian vegetable gravy in which vegetables are cooked in coconut based white masala for a flavourful dish that goes well with chapathi, puri, idli or dosa.
Everytime I make my regular mixed veg kurma, I would think I should try something different. White kurma, the name itself is very tempting and wanted to try for idiyappam mainly. But had no clue how to make it. I got several requests now to post vellai kurma. So thought I should try making it.
I adapted this recipe from a video. I am back from my India trip, 3 weeks of time flew away just like that. Lots of travel (which I love) and cooking in between. I hope you saw my Instagram posts. I am yet to come back to full swing. Somehow managing everyday routine, so much tired and lazy ;P Today I pushed myself to post this kurma as it has been so long I posted an interesting recipe. I scheduled all simple posts and went for the trip, now should get into some serious cooking.
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My MIL’s mixed veg kurma is somewhat similar but cannot be said white kurma. I am glad I tried this one, the flavour was so refreshing and awesome. Aj too loved this a lot. This comes handy when you wan to make side dish for chapati without tomato. When you run out of tomato, you can make this.
Step by step pictures
- Peel the skin of potato, carrot and chop it along with beans, finely. Keep aside with green peas. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces and soak in hot water with salt until use.
- In a container, place the chopped veggies except cauliflower. Add 1/4 tsp sugar, little salt and water (1/4 cup). Pressure cook just for a whistle.
- Gather and grind all the ingredients under ‘To grind’. First grind without water and later add water and grind smoothly.
- Heat a kadai with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add sliced onion.
- Fry until soft. Add the ground paste. (I transferred to a heavy bottomed vessel)
- Give it a mix. Add cooked vegetables, cauliflower.
- and required water (2 cups). Simmer until cauliflower gets cooked and gravy gets thick.
- Cauliflower should get cooked, so make sure to add enough water. Once thick, switch off the flame. Add torn curry leaves.
- Add lemon juice and mix well. As cools down, it will thicken slightly.