Vegetable Kurma is an aromatic , delicious dish prepared using different vegetables .Vegetables are cooked in a flavorful sauce made with coconut, spices, cashew nuts and white poppyseed paste. Based on the regions, the ingredients used to cook this Vegetable Kurma varies. This Vegetable Kurma of mine is the South Indian version.
What is Kurma/Korma/Qorma?
Kurma or Qorma is a dish originating in the Indian subcontinent, consisting of meat or vegetables braised with yogurt or cream, water or stock, and spices to produce a thick sauce or glaze.
Is Kurma the same as Korma?
Kurma or Korma is a stew-like dish made with vegetables or meat braised in a creamy coconut, nuts or yogurt based sauce. In North India the dish is referred to as Korma while in South India it is known as Kurma.
What is the difference between Kurma and curry?
Kurma is a mild curry made from various spices especially coriander; and often with yoghurt, cream and nuts. The addition of yogurt or cream gives the dish a milder flavor in spite of the spices used.
While curry is a flavored and spiced sauce .It is one of a family of dishes originating from South Asian cuisine.
What does Kurma taste like?
Kurma dishes are spiced not for heat, but for flavor.In Kurma preparation we use more of spices like cardamom and cinnamon for flavor, rather than spices like cumin seeds and black pepper for heat.
Mixed together with butter and cream, and often combined with yogurt-marinated meats or vegetables, Kurma’s are slow cooked, they are definitely for those who want zest without burn.
What makes this Vegetable Kurma flavorful?
For fragrance and flavor
This vegetable kurma recipe which is fragrant and flavorful. owes it to whole spices used in preparing this dish.Some of the whole spices used in this vegetable kurma are:
- Bay leaf
- Coriander seeds
- Fennel seeds/Saunf
- White Poppy seeds/Khus-Khus
Note : Remember, not to skip out on using these whole spices, because then you would miss out on the flavor!
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For sweetness and creaminess
The mild sweetness and creaminess in the vegetable kurma, is provided by the addition of the coconut and poppy seed paste.
Some versions of the vegetable kurma, have an addition of yogurt/curds to the dish which adds a little tartiness to the dish, I haven’t used any in this preparation.
Note : One can substitute fresh grated coconut with desiccated coconut or coconut milk too, for this recipe.
Vegetables used for this recipe
- Green Peas
One can use any vegetable of their choice, but the above vegetables are most commonly preferred ones and I have used them in my recipe here.Chopping the veggies into even sizes (1/2 inch or less), makes them cook easy and also presentable in the dish.
Note : Make sure you have all the vegetables cut & ready to go before you start cooking or get the pre-cut frozen ones and make your life easy and simple!
What is Kurma paired with mostly?
Vegetable Kurma goes well with,
- Ghee Rice
- Spinach Rice
- Jeera Rice
- Green Peas Pulao
- Coriander rice/Pulao
Vegetable Kurma Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories16016
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 190g 293%
- Saturated Fat 101g 505%
- Sodium 1544mg 65%
- Potassium 47782mg 1366%
- Total Carbohydrate 4323g 1441%
- Dietary Fiber 2112g 8448%
- Sugars 219g
- Protein 302g 604%
- Vitamin A 605%
- Vitamin C 695%
- Calcium 3781%
- Iron 1972%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
List of my Kurma recipes
Here is a list of my previously published kurma recipes for your interest.
The Bottom Line
Vegetable Kurma is a mild, flavorful and versatile dish that goes well with many Indian dishes. What’s more it’s kid friendly too! Do give this recipe a try and share your feedback in the comments section below.