Vegetable Kurma

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Vegetable kurma is a delicacy of Karnataka and is a very popular dish served as a combination with Ghee rice/Puri/Parata. My mom used to prepare this in my childhood days. This recipe though has evolved from my mom’s recipe via experiences and consultation with a few friends over the years. Kurma is one of the unanimously favored dishes in my family.

Even though its just vegetables in some gravy, it takes a little while to prepare – but certainly ideal for a weekend evening with Puri/Chapati.


What you need to have:

1. Fresh Green Peas/Tinned               1 cup

2. French Beans                                 1/4 cup

3. Carrrots diced                               1/4 cup

4. Potatoes chopped                         1/4 cup

Ingredients of Veg-Kurma

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Onions chopped            2 Tablespoons

2. Masala leaf/Tej patha    1

3. Turmeric powder           1/4Teaspoon

4. Cumin seeds                 1 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Seasoning

Ingredients for Masala:

1. Fresh grated coconut                  1/2 cup

2. Green chillies                              3

3. Ginger                                         1/2 ” piece

4. Garlic cloves                               5-6

5. Coriander leaves                       2 Tablespoons

6. Onion                                         one small

7. Turmeric powder                        1/2 Teaspoon

8. Garam masala powder               1/2 Teaspoon(home made)

9. Cashews                                     8-10

10. Tamarind pulp                          1/2 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and cut beans, carrots, potatoes lengthwise as shown in the image above and cook it in the cooker. As usual add a little salt to avoid overcooking them.

2. Chop onions also lengthwise as shown in the image above.

3. Grind the ingredients of the wet Masala in the mixer adding water in steps to a smooth consistency and is as shown in the image below.

Ready Ground Masala

4. Place a wide bottomed bowl on the flame with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it.  On heating add Tej patha  and on frying add half the quantity of cumin seeds to it.  On sputtering add the chopped onions, turmeric powder and a little salt to it.  (The rest of the cumin seeds are to be added at the end for extra flavour.)

5. When onions turn transparent, add the ground Masala from step 3 to it and stir well for about two minutes on a low flame.  When done add cooked vegetables from step 1 to it.

6. Add salt if necessary to adjust taste and add water to adjust the consistency.  Garnish with chopped corriander leaves and the remaining cumin seeds.

Ready to serve Veg-Kurma

Serve with Roti/Chapathi/Ghee rice.

Veg Kurma with Chapathis


68 thoughts on “Vegetable Kurma

    Cooking Recipe said:
    September 22, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Lower heat and cook for about 15 minutes, or, until mixture begins to thicken. Cooking Recipe

    prathibalrao responded:
    September 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Actually i didn’t get you at all. Please do explain as to what it is?

    Andal said:
    November 15, 2008 at 12:19 pm


    Very explanatory recipe. Covering all basic tips and excellent photos. By seeing itself my mouth is watering. Thanx for sharing.

    prathibalrao responded:
    November 16, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Hi Andal,

    Just try out the recipe and lemme know.

    Dawn said:
    March 11, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I did not understand how you did not add green coriander powder to the Korma dish.

    Is it not required.

    prathibalrao responded:
    March 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Hi Dawn,

    I have added green coriander leaves to the masala and hence the colour to the dish. I don’t know what is green coriander powder. Please clarify.

    Nikhil said:
    May 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Tried your receipe. It was great! Thank you very much. However I used milk (2% fat) instead of water.

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 17, 2009 at 1:22 am

      Hi Nikhil,

      It must have tasted very much unique and tasty as well. I will also give a try!!!!

    vani sudheer said:
    July 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    vani sudheer-1-07-2009

    tried u r recipe its realy great its good wit chapathi and poori also.thank u very much.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 2, 2009 at 2:14 am

      Hi Vani,

      Thanx 4 ur comments.

    vanitha chandrasekaran said:
    August 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    vanitha–aug 25,2009

    its very tasty. thank u very much for your recipe

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 26, 2009 at 1:56 am

      Hi Vanitha,

      Thanx a lot for ur sweet words.

    Kannan said:
    October 20, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Awesome recipe thanks. We are gonna try it this week!

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Kannan,

      Do try out the same and send me the feed back.

    shwetha nandish said:
    October 27, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Simply best….yummy! sure am gonna try it.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

      Hi Shwetha,

      Just give a try and post the feed back to me.

    Anjali said:
    November 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hi aunty,
    This tastes great! Made it for chapathis last night.Thanks!

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back which i really appreciate.

    Vegetable Sagu « The Indian Food Court said:
    December 11, 2009 at 1:22 am

    […] for chapathi. In some restaurants they serve it as a side dish with set dosa as well. I have put up vegetable kurma before that looks similar but is actually a bit different in the sense that I don’t use […]

    Anupama said:
    December 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Hi. I made this today for breakfast along with puris. It came out simply superb. My husband loved it as also me. Its very yummy and smells marvelous.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

      Hi Anupama,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur coments. Please pass on the link to ur friends.


      Prathiba L.Rao

    Dinkar said:
    April 11, 2010 at 1:34 am


    My wife made this for a Konkani gathering (followed the recipe exactly) on my recommendation. We ate it with Chapatis and it was just fantastic – kids enjoyed it fully too.

    Thank you

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 11, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Hi Dinkar,

      Long time i have heard from you at all. Thanx for ur feed back once again.

    Parvathi said:
    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I have a doubt, Ingredients for wet masal can be fried before make in to paste….we use to do in this way…Is this method gives different taste compared to urs

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Parvathi,

      Normally i donot fry any ingredients of wet masalaa. I just fry the masa later with the onions as written in the recipe.

    sherin said:
    June 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    so my second item was this kurma and even this came out excellent…nice recipe.. so now im planning to try out all the recipes one by one..ill keep posting..thank you..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Sherin,

      Where do you live???????Are you my son’s batch-mate in KREC?????????/

        sherin said:
        June 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm

        no i didnt get u.. KREC means. whats ur sons name .i was an army school student till intermediate. did my ug and pg in st.francis womens college these r my details. now i stay here in hyderabad….happily married with a six yr old daughter..was working earlier then quit to take care of my daughter now a complete housewife..

        prathibalrao responded:
        July 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

        Hi Sherin,

        So she is different as i confirmed the same from my son. I hope i am clear.

    kavitha said:
    July 4, 2010 at 8:42 am


    i tried out this recipe. it came out very tasty, but i replaced cashews with roastedgram.

    thank you

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      HI Kavitha,

      Some people even use Almonds in place of cashews. Thanx for your feed back.

    Vidya said:
    September 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    hi !! this is my all time favourite recipe… the ingredients are so simple and it cames out great everytime. at times even i substitute fried gram for cashew…. also this is not so spicy as sagu…. mild and yumm !!!

    pandu said:
    October 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Hi prathiba,
    Tried this today with Chapathis, it came out really well. Thank you.

    Harvi said:
    November 4, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I tried this recipe and it came out very well. I added little bit of tomato paste instead of tamarind pulp..
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe…..

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Harvi,

      Thanx a lot for your comments.

    Raji said:
    December 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    HI i tried out this receipe it came really good. when i was cooking this receipe my husband was keep roaming near the kitchen because of its flavour smell. Thanks a lot for posting this receipe.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Raji,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back which i always welcome.

    shabana said:
    December 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    i tried this recope yday and u knw my hubby cdnt belived that it was prepared at home he thought like i ordered from hotel… it was awesome…. yday night i had it with roti(chapati) and tday mor i had with puri.. taste superb with puri thanx for the recipe…. gr8 jobb keep it up…

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Shabana,

      Thanx a lot for ur wonderful feed back.

    Shwetha said:
    January 17, 2011 at 2:30 am

    very tasty… thanks for sharing

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Shewetha,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back .

    Mrudula said:
    January 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    This is same as Saagu right?


      prathibalrao responded:
      January 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Mrudula,

      For Kurma we use Onions and garlic in wet masala Where as we do not use onion and garlic at all for sagu. We only use onion while cooking veggies.I think you may please check the recipes.

    juvila said:
    February 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    good one

    Haru said:
    March 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Hi Ma,

    Finally decided to make your signature hit-dish for a nice cozy Saturday lunch. Took me about 30 mins to make, especially since I used the frozen cut vegetables. I forgot to add tamarind pulp to the wet masala, but it didn’t seem to lessen the taste.

    By following ‘most’ of your instructions, I was able to make a delicious vegetable Kurma that was served with hot rotis and pineapple juice. This is definitely going to be the highlight of the next lunch/dinner party I host ! I also think it will taste great with Idiyappam… yummmm. Looking forward to experimenting with your other recipes.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Hi Harini dear,

      Thanx a lot for your wonderful feed back. So as said do try out some more recipes . Rate it as u have done for other recipes. So bye for now. Take care. I can put up a note saying one can even use decicated coconut 4 da masala.

    Benita said:
    September 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Hello Pratibha Aunty, I’m a young girl and learning to cook through all your reciepes here. I have tried some in the past and they have come out so tasty. Thank you so much and i would like to ask you to kindly post me a plain carrot bhaji reciepe with pepper powder. I would appreciate it a lot. Also, on this website of yours the “search” tool has somehow dissaperead and i find it hard to search for particular reciepes that i need. Could you pls. get it back so that searching reciepes would be much more easier. Thanks again

    Harini said:
    September 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Tried this and came out very tasty.. lovely ! thanks for the accurate measurements …

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Hi Harini dear,

      Wow thanx a lot for wonderful feed back and i am so happy you have tried out the recipe in your busy schedule. Really grea8.

    digow said:
    October 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    it is very tasty and economically.every childrens are like that.I am prepare regularly in my sweet home.

    Ashu said:
    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I like kurma bhaji, surely gonna try this:) thanx for posting it, really appreciate ur cooking style, lovely blog keep it up dear:)

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Ashu,

      On your preparing the dish please do not forget to send me a feed-back which i would surely appreciate.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:15 am

    thanx for such a beautiful recipie,m going to try it soon

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Karishma Ajaya,

      Please try out the recipe and send me the feed back please.

    malika said:
    March 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    i tried the veg kurma and served with chapathi its really super, Thanks alot.

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Mallika,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back and please pass on the link of this blog among your friends community.

    amar said:
    April 8, 2012 at 11:36 am


      prathibalrao responded:
      April 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Amar,

      Thanx for visiting my blog and also to those sweet words oa appreciation and also a feed back.

    anu said:
    July 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Hey , its been 6 months of my marriage and only today my hubby liked my cooking because of this side dish.. sooooooo happyy 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Anu,

      Thanx a lot for your wonderful feed back!!!!

    Susanne Arena said:
    December 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I just made this Kurma today a few failures with other Korma’s. I have to say this is by far the best and definitely the tastiest. Thank you

    Natasha Sareen said:
    March 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    thank you for posting this recipe…its a bit God-sent. I’ve had this curry in restaurants and always wanted to recreate it at home. You recipe has exactly the same taste and flavor. It is also very well-written. moreover, the visuals helped with the exact measurements.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Natasha sareen,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back. This is actually not well visualised and i would like to revisit the same and put up more pictorials as in the recent recipes. I will mail you as soon as i complete it for sure. I request you to kindly please pass on the link of this blog among your friends community and oblige. Bye for now and tc.

    gayatri. bhat said:
    March 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    my favourite too but variation z non veg i mk it with chicken yummy

    Archana said:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Just tried it ma’am… Tastes yummy.. Only question I have is …don’t we have to cook the gravy for sometime after adding vegetables?

    sherley said:
    August 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    good recipe.. i it ok to add kuskus to thw wet masala ? will it change the flavour ?

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Sherley,
      Khas khas (poppy seeds) is added to the wet masala for Vegetable sagu masala and for veg kurma normally no!!!!

    sherley said:
    August 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    gusgus or kuskus im not sure ..

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