CAULIFLOWER & GREEN PEAS KURMA

Cauliflower & Green Peas Korma

Watching the TV this morning,the weather channel reports we have a heavy snow storm headed our way tomorrow,the reporter chirps in about “Winter Readiness ” week…well, for me it can only mean one thing coming home after work wading through a long crazy drive with snow &traffic, awfully hungry, wishing a magic genie would appear out of thin air & keep some food ready at home when I walk in. Aladdin’s lamp where are you ?? So in my “winter preparedness” mode, I set about preparing this delicious “Korma” made of cauliflower & green peas.
Korma is a dish originating from South Asia & is supposedly having a rich Mughal influence with its flavor of spices, where meat or vegetables are braised with coconut milk, stock,yogurt & cream with an ample amount of nut & seed paste.It can be had as a curry with flatbreads or rice, or as a soup by itself owing to its rich creamy texture and the spicy flavor which could warm your toes on a cold wintery day

Cauliflower Green Peas Kurma
Cauliflower Green Peas Kurma

Ingredients:

1.Cauliflower florets- a bowl
2.Green peas- 1 cup
3.Turmeric powder- a pinch
4.Chilli powder- 1 tsp
5.Salt- 1/2 tsp
6.Coconut milk- 1 tin
7.Coriander leaves- a few
8.Onion- 1/2 (finely sliced)
9.Tomato- 1/2 ( finely sliced)
10.Cooking oil- 1 tbsp

To grind into a fine paste:
1.Onions-1
2.Tomatoes- 1
3.Fennel seeds- 1tsp
4.Garlic cloves- 3-4
5.Ginger- 1 ”
6.Coconut shredded- 1/4 cup
7.Cashewnuts- 5-6
8.Cinnamon- 1″
9.Cloves-4-5
10.Split chick peas- 1tbsp
11.Green chillies- 3-4

Method:

1. Pressure cook the cauliflower & peas with a little salt & turmeric & chilli powder, till it is partially cooked & set aside.
2.Now in a wok, heat some oil, to this add the finely sliced onions( half an onion) and tomato( half, which is finely sliced) and sauté them till they turn soft.
3.Now add the ground paste into it & gently stir till the raw smell disappears.
4.To this now add the boiled cauliflower and peas along with the stock & let it cook well for a few minutes.
5.Now to this add the coconut milk & stir it for a few minutes till it comes to a boil after adding salt to taste.Garnish with coriander leaves on top and serve hot.
6.Enjoy your Korma with flat breads, idli’s ( rice dumplings)and rice.It can also be had separately as a soup.
Note:Your winter’s will never be the same again

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