February 24, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Kurma Recipe – Chapati Kurma – Hotel Style Veg Korma

Mixed Vegetable Kurma Recipe
Mixed vegetable kurma is a coconut based vegetable stew that is very popular across South India and is served as a side dish along with chapathi (flat bread) in almost all the Hotels and Restaurants and not for nothing it has been often called as Chapati Kurma too. Mopping up the creamy kurma with chapathis or rotis is the best way to have them and not only that, it goes well along with one pot meals such as pulaos and biryanis as well.

Chapathi Kurma Recipe
Though there are several versions of making this kurma across the many households, this is how I make it and like my Hotel Tiffin Sambar, this kurma has also been always appreciated by my guests and friends whenever I have served them as the texture and the taste comes close the ones that gets served in hotels. As on most of the nights we have only chapathis for our dinner, among all the side dishes that I make to go with it, this kurma is the one that is very much demanded and loved by my kids at home.

Mixed Vegetable Kurma Recipe

Hotel Mixed Vegetable Kurma Recipe

Prep time: 15 mins  |  Cook time: 30 mins  |  Serves: 4
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian  |  Recipe Category: Side dish

Mixed Vegetable Kurma Recipe


  • Carrot – 1
  • French beans – 10
  • Knol-khol (turnip) – 1
  • Cauliflower Florets – 1/4 cup
  • Fresh Green peas – 1/2 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Red chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp 
  • Biriyani Poo – 2 generous pinch
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Star anise – 1
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp

To be Ground to a smooth paste:
  • Fresh grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 8 to 10 
  • Khus- Khus (poppy seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic – 5 pods
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Cloves – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp


  1. Chop the carrots, beans, knol-khol to the size you prefer. Place carrots, beans, cauliflower, peas and turnip in a vessel and steam cook for 1 whistle. I used my microwave and cooked for 3 mins at High. Keep aside.
  2. Grind the ingredients mentioned under the “to be ground to a fine paste” using little water to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  3. Chop the onions and quarter the tomatoes.
  4. Heat a wide pan or a wok with oil. Add biriyani poo, bay leaf, star anise and sauté till the aroma arises. Now add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Add onions, curry leaves and sauté till the onions turns translucent. Now add red chili powder, salt and mix well. The mixture will become dry.
  6. Now add the ground coconut paste and enough water to the consistency you prefer the kurma to be and mix well and cook over low flame.
  7. Let it come to a boil. Add the par boiled vegetables, quartered tomato pieces, give it a quick stir, check the consistency of the kurma now and add more water if necessary at this stage. Close the pan with a lid leaving a small gap and let the kurma cook over medium low flame for 7-10 mins.
  8. By now the gravy would have thickened considerably, the vegetables would have been completely cooked, the raw smell would have gone and you can smell the aroma of the kurma.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with chapathi, poori or parotta.
Veg Korma Recipe


  1. The vegetables should be par boiled the first time. So take care not to over cook it.
  2. If you cannot get fresh peas, use frozen or dried, soaked peas.
  3. You can add or remove the vegetables and make this kurma according to the veggies you have on hand.
  4. Use coconut that’s fresh for better taste.


  1. Lovely recipe and great clicks :-)

  2. Kurma Looks inviting. A such like a Hotel Kurma with wonderful photos.

  3. i love barota kurma a lot.. not to forget idiyappam kurma.. drooling at your preparation

  4. Luv poori n kurma / ghee rice kurma combo.. Urs looks perfect. I too do the same way..
    Do visit me wen u r free..

  5. Very flavourful, rich and spicy veg kurma.

  6. Would love to have this kurma with some bhatura..Love the colour very much..

  7. Awesome lunch ! would love to eat this right now.

  8. Delicious :) I do a shortcut version of this with tinned/ desiccated coconut- maybe it's about time I learned from you how to do the proper one!

  9. Hi, I loved your hotel sambar so when i looked at this hotel kurma too I knew it would just taste awesome as you promised. Oh boy, the best kurma I had made so far is what my hubby told. My kid who refuses to eat veggies cleaned up the whole plate. Thanks for this super tasty kurma recipe Radhika.

    1. Thank you very much and glad to hear you loved both the dishes. It would be helpful if you could put down your name as well in the future. Keep visiting.

  10. lovely clicks dear...looks so delicious...

  11. what is Biryani Poo

  12. Kurma is my all time favorite curry, this looks really delicious.. Love the color of the kurma..

  13. Kurma looks yummy! What a lovely blog you have! Happy to follow you!

  14. what is Briyan Poo

  15. Turned out super yummy. Thanks for this fantastic kurma recipe. The best I've ever had.

  16. I tried it today. It came out very well. Instead of cashews i used badam, which i thought is more good for health. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, everyone loved this dish. Sudha venugopal


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