Vegetable Kurma is a very delicious mixed veg preparation which goes as a great side dish with aapam, rotis, phulkas.
In South there are many variations of kurma. To simplify the procedure and to enable one to make a quick delicious vegetable kurma with available vegetables , I have given a very simple recipe for a home made Kurma masala powder which is the main ingredient to uplift your gravy.
1 cups coriander seeds
10 red Kashmiri chillies depending on your preference for spice..increase or decrease as per your taste
2 1 inch cinnamon sticks
8 green cardamom seeds
3/4 cup khus khus ( poppy seeds)
2 tbsp fennel seeds
1/4 cup broken cashew nuts
1/4 cup coconut powder ( dry desiccated )
1 star anise
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp cloves
1 tbsp shah jeera
1 tsp pepper corns
2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp dry ginger powder
2 tbsp roasted gram dal
Dry roast all ingredients separately and when cooled, powder them.
Store in a air tight container.
Coconut may be avoided in the powder and added fresh while making kurma.
Coconut milk and yogurt may be added while preparing kurma.
To make a very quick delicious Veg kurma.
Take 2 cups of mixed vegetables cubed to small pieces.
In a cooker pan add some oil around 3 tsp. , sauteed the vegetables.
If you wish add some ginger garlic paste at this stage, saute well.
Add 2 tbsp of this prepared home made kurma masala powder, add some water around 2 cups, salt, 1/2 cup coconut milk and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
After 2 whistles, let the cooker cool down, open the lid, gently mash some vegetables with the ladle to get a thickened gravy, and add some chopped coriander leaves , 2 tbsp of fresh yogurt if you like and a delicious veg kurma is ready.