March 27, 2007

Vegetable Kurma/Stew

Veg Stew

Vegetable stew or kurma is an easy way to use up all the loose veggies languishing in your crisper and surreptitiously makes up the vegetable requirement in my family's meals. There are two kinds of vegetable stew. One that we make without any spice powders, getting its flavor from just green chilies, pepper and whole spices. That is off white in color and delicate in flavor best eaten straight off the flame with a spongy appam or puttu. Traditionally this is made with just potatoes and onions.

The other stew or ishtoo is a spicier version of the same, with an assortment of vegetables using coriander, turmeric and chili powders to give a depth of flavor and spice. My mother, being a purist would make the potato ishtoo over the vegetable stew, preferring the blend of coconut milk and potatoes to the myriad flavors of the vegetables. I prefer the spiciness to compliment the blandness of the puttu and to get vegetables in at one go. The choice of vegetables are usually potatoes, carrots, peas and beans, but you can also try with cauliflower, kovakka, ash gourd etc.

Now kurma is a similar in recipe to the stew except that I understand it uses ground coconut and not coconut milk. Being partial to the silken texture of the coconut milk and the vegetables suspended in it, this is my version of the kurma. Call it a veg stew or kurma, it goes well with any kind of flat bread.

You will need: For 4 servings
Onions- 1 small one
Green chilies – 4-6
White/Idaho Potato-1
Beans- 8-10
Peas- 1/2 cup
Cauliflower-1/2 cup of florets
Carrots-1 whole one
Tomatoes-1 small plum one
Garlic – 2 cloves (1 tsp)
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece (1 tbsp)
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper Powder- 1/2 tsp
Whole spices: 1”long Cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 2 cardamom
Coconut milk- 1 1/2 cup
Curry leaves- a small sprig
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tbsp

1. Wash and cut the vegetables into even sized strips or cubes. Slice the onions and green chilies. Grind the ginger and garlic into a fine paste. Grind the coconut and extract the second and first milk or use the coconut milk powder and prepare 1 ½ cup of coconut milk.
2. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan, add the whole spices and curry leaves. Saute till the fragrance fills the air and then add onions and chilies.
3. Fry onions till just slightly transparent and immediately add the ground paste and fry it well. Keep stirring and add the spice powders and a tablespoon of water to avoid the spices from getting burnt. Cook this for a couple of minutes or so. The coriander has to be really cooked at this stage or gives a raw taste in the curry. Then add the potatoes, tomatoes and continue stirring. Add 1 cup of water (or the second milk of the coconut) and the rest of the vegetables and salt. Cover and cook till the vegetables are done. (10-12 minutes) Keep checking and add 1/2 cup more water if all the water has evaporated.
4. Add the thick coconut milk. Allow it to simmer (but not boil) just for a couple more minutes and then switch of the flame. Adjust salt and seasoning.
Serve hot with pathiri, appam, puttu or just paratha.

Related Links: Kerala Kitchen's Korma is the traditional version with ground coconut. Vegetable Korma

Shown here are Kallappams, which I started making following Annita's recipe and I am in love with them. Appams are what I grew up with but now kallappams are a hot favorite in my house.
Just follow Annita's recipe for Kallappam. It is too good and easy to make in larger quantities than appams.


Asha said...

Looks delicious Shaheen.You are too busy these days!:) Hope you are doing well.

Sandeepa said...

The appams look lovely. Do you use Coconut Oil for the stew ? I love Coconut Milk, but these days the Cholesterol factor makes me weary

Maneka Nirmal said...
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Maneka Nirmal said...

kallappam and korma..hmmmmmmmmmmm....enjoy do u manage to cook all these fabulous dishes everyday?? i wonder where u get all this energy from?!

Revathi said...

Hi Shaheen,
Thanks for searching for me. It feels really special to be missed. I am seriously contemplating quitting food blogging.

I still cook, still love food and regularly visiting all the food blogs but I dont know whether i want to continue.

The reason is I have some new commitments or so I think -

There is one thing that is holding me back. the handful of dear dishes that amma used to make for me. I want to log those and call it quits.

Jyothsna said...

Your comments section was missing yesterday... I can cook from yours and Annita's recipes knowing it will always turn out well. Great cooks you two :)

Anil P said...

Those appams, unforgettable, takes me back to that trip to Chertala where I could have happily survived on loads of appams.

Sushma said...

came across your have some very lovely recipes...

the veggie korma looks delicious.

Surya Hith said...

Kallappam and stew looks fabulous shaheen.I like white kurma but I didn't try this spicy variation.thanks

shilpa said...

I love this kurma. I make it often, but I usually put anything that comes to my mind. Recently I tried it with curry powder. I think it is time to start following a particular recipe. I will try this dish soon. I loved the pictures.....

Seema said...

Lovely looking stew and the kapappams look so spongy and fluffy. Hot to try both of them

Coffee said...

Finally!!!!!!!! I literally qiped my dish off when I had this at a friends place back in India...... and I was too busy with other things to ask her to she made it...... Thanks for this lovely combo of appam and stew Shaheen!!! :)

Linda said...

Hi Shaheen, the kurma sounds wonderful with coconut milk.
I am instantly craving some with those kallappams! What a lovely meal that must be.

Reena said...

Shaheen, Another favourite recipe from your blog. I just love Appams period. slurp!! slurp!!

Mallugirl said...

Asha, Thanks for ur concern. I left a note for u in ur site.

SAndeepa, No, I don't use coconut oil and just 2-3 tbsp of the milk powder. I further dilute it with regular milk to increase the gravy. Cholesterol is scary but sometimes its good to give in the tastebuds.

Maneka, Hardly any energy.. I don't make this on adaily basis. Too busy balancing work and home., These are for the days on weekends when I feel relaxed.:)I would like more energy though.

Revathi, I don't want u to stop completely.

Jyotsana, I agree about Annita, I acan cook from her without a thought. I have my hot and miss days.Your colection is also growing.:)

Anil, I haven't had the oppurtunity to eat the authentic stuff at chertala, envying you.

Thanks Sushma, Hope u will try some.

Mallugirl said...

Surya, try this, u may like it if u liked the white stew.

Shilpa, I guess curry powder is an easy way of making this korma as it does have all the masalas but the taste of whole spices is very different from ready powder.

Seema, if only it didn't have the soaking, I would be making this more often.

Coffee, your friend must be wondering what got into you. GLad to be of help.:)

Linda, this is one of the ultimate comfort food from our place. You have to make it.

Reena, I agree slurp slurp!

KitchenFairy said...

Appam and Korma ..Nice combination..I tried Annita's Kallapam..Next time I will try with ur Korma..

chocolate amer said...

hey! this looks amazing! any idea where i could find an idiots guide to making appam? and ordinary everyday kerela home food? actually idiots guide to learning malyalam wouldnt be to bad while you are at it :D

what a long list ...

Kitchenn Rooster said...

I have tried lots of receipes from your blog and everytime I got applause.Thanks
I made iddiyappam and veggie kurma and for my housewarming party and it was a hit!!!
Hats of to you mallu girl ..:)

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