Saturday, October 3, 2009


I flew to Omaha last week to visit one of my very good friend's from school. Another friend flew down from Philly too. The 3 of us met after 9-10 yrs. Had such a wonderful time. Was not really in a mood to get back to blogging :(

Today, I'm posting my mom's recipe for kurma. I love it and whenever I make it, I feel it does not taste as good as her's. Then I realized that her kurma tastes better because she adds a special ingredient to it.............she pours her love into it :)

This kurma pairs well with rotis or Parattas. but, I like it best with dosas or idlis.

  • Oil - 2 tbspns
  • Slit green chillies -2
  • Bayleaf -1
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves- 3
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Star anise - 1/2
  • Chopped onions- 1 cup
  • Curry leaves - 1 stalk
  • Chopped ginger - 1 tspn
  • Coriander powder - 6 tspns
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tspn
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn ( or to taste)
  • Potatoes - 2 (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Carrots - 1 (chopped)
  • Beans - 7-8 (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Saunf - 1 tspn
  • Poppy seeds(kas kas) - 1 tspn
  • Garlic - 1 clove.
  • Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt - 6 tbspns
Method :
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the chillies, bayleaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and anise. Saute about 2 mins.
    Add onions and ginger. Saute till the onions are translucent.
  • Add coriander powder, chillie powder and turmeric. Saute. Add 1/4 cup water and saute on medium-low heat till the masala is well cooked. (about 5-6 mins)
  • Add the vegetables and salt and 1-1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • In the mean time grind the coconut,poppy seeds, saunf and garlic to a fine paste using little water.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked add this ground coconut mixture to it and cook for 3-4 mins.
  • Finally, add curry leaves and yogurt and stir for a minute. Switch off heat and add coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot .
Luv 'n' luc'


  1. Wow...the kurma looks yumm. I too love it with dosas. Re-unions are always so much fun.

  2. Kurma looks so so yummy... I know dear..nothing in the world can beat the food cooked by mothers with that special ingredients(their love)

  3. Sounds like you had great fun Smitha..:)
    Khurma is one of ma fav's..In a Tamil veg restaurant back in Kerala,they used to serve large Battura's with such Khurma's..heaven it was..!!

  4. Dear Smitha,
    Cheers!happy to reach your blog by chance but henceforth it will be by choice!:)My Little Star,Nanda n Maza will be thrilled reading your wonderful recipe.
    Mom's food is beyond comparison n love,yes,it overflows!:)
    how much i wanted to be with my friend,asha in mumbai for these Navrathri hilidays!i envy you ,smitha,u could make it with your friends!
    keep writing on wonderful recipe,let the world be grateful to you!
    dear friend,you made my day!
    wiahing you a cool sunday,

  5. Looks great and mouthwatering.Will ask my daughter to make using your recipe.
    Thanks for visiting my blog

  6. Nice to see you back with a super dish...

    Hope to have some super recipes again from you.

    Smitha... I always send my posts to all the people whose photos I am publishing in the blog... pinne adi tadukan alle kairali... sory kalari... :)

  7. Kurma is my all time fav, will try ur version too!

  8. Hi there, Khurma looks delicious.I have bookmarked and will definately try it and post it on my blog linking it to you.

  9. Khurma looks aewsome nd version different but next time will prepare like this...
    Thanks for following kothiyavunu...Keep rocking..:)

  10. nice...never had a good kurma recipe, always wanted t try one..and there u go!! ur recipes actually make me wanna try new not kidding!!!

  11. Lovely kurma..looks so gorgeous...good to meet old frens.

  12. Glad to hear that u had a lovely time with ur friends..
    Kurma looks really tempting!!! yummy yummy!! !!

  13. If it is moms kurma it hhas to be super yummy and this indeed look super dleicous.

  14. Nice presentation Smitha...delicious kurma with chapathis :)

  15. its always fun to meet up with old friends...strangely ive never had kurmas ..looks great

  16. I lov kuruma.liked ur Mom's version,yumm...

  17. Looking at the ingredients I m sure the kurma will turn out awesome.

  18. kuruma looks yummy. i got a chance to read abt u in avide ninnanu link kittiyathu.

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  20. looks yummy.... i love this.. let me try this

  21. Hello Madam, I am Thaaiyamma from Karamadai.... Yoghurt na enna... namma ooru thayiraa.... ini mel unga blog la ellam theliva sollunga... namma ooru kaarangalukku puriyonum illa....Karamadai Thaaiyamma


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