September 29, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Korma | Navratri | Dussehra Recipes

Words fall short to convey how happy I am right now. After 6 years of being away from my friends and family, couple of days ago, I celebrated by 28th birthday. Did I hear Oooohs and Aaaahs out there as some wise(wo)men said - never ask a woman her real age ;-).

Well, I believe in not hiding but learning and becoming wiser & smarter through life experiences by each passing year.

I had a swell time in Hyderabad with my lovely, gorgeous SIL and her cute little baby S who were visiting India, for a very short period of time. I met her last while we were in US, in April this year and again, we got to spend some awesome time together, here in India. Time flies when I am with Little S. Her innocent love is just so captivating and fills my heart with so much warmth & love.

My mom threw a birthday bash for her baby and invited all of us for lunch. We had asked her to keep it traditional. There was her signature dish - tomato chutney, raw banana poriyal, mango dal, potato-bell pepper fry, mirchi bajji, sambar with rice & ghee. We polished off, with decadent rava kesari. Amidst lots of chatter, laughter and conversations about politics & movies with occassional burps every now & then, we had a swell time together. :D.

A birthday is never complete without birthday gifts, Isn't it. K gave me a cute, black-colored Vintage bag and Mads surprised me with beautiful Food Photography & Styling book - Plate to Pixels by super talented Helene. For a really long time, I was planning to get my own copy. :-) I hope to learn some tips & tricks from this book and improve my photography over time..

Coming to the recipe for today ....

Yesterday, the auspicious Navratri days began and here's Wishing you all a very Happy Navratri. :-). May Goddess Lakshmi bless us with lots of joy, wealth and prosperity.

Today's recipe is a luscious Vegetable Kurma which doesn't need a special occassion to be made. With rice or roti, it serves as a delicious accompaniment leaving you wanting for more.

Give it a try and Enjoy with your family & friends during this festival time..

Mixed Vegetable Kurma/Korma


For the masala:

1 cup fresh coconut, cut into small pieces
1.5 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp dry roasted cashewnuts
3/4 tbsp coriander powder
1.5 tbsp sesame seeds
3/4 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp tamarind extract
1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced & fried in a tbsp of oil until golden brown (use only half of it for the masala)
1.5 tsp ginger-garlic paste

Other ingredients -

1 tomato
2 cups mixed veggies cut into almost equal sizes - potato, beans, carrot, bell peppers
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp red chilli powder (or less based on the desired spice level)
1/8 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
3-4 tbsp canola oil


1. In the blender jar add all the ingredients listed in the "masala" list with enough water to make fine paste.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add rest of fried onion with tomato. Saute for few mins and then add all the vegetables. Cook them until done, not mushy just tender. Season with turmeric, red chilli powder and salt.

3. Add the ground masala to the vegetables. Cook on low-medium flame until oil separates on the edges. Mix in tomato ketchup and cook for few more minutes.

4. Serve with roti or rice.

Check out one other variation of korma here.

until next time,


  1. Birthday wishes to you Siri. Happy Navratri to you and your family. That is a fabulous book.Lovely recipe and book too.

  2. chaala baagundi... Will try sometime. Thank you! Happy Navaratri

  3. Happy navratri and the korma is mouthwatering!

  4. Belated birthday wishes and Happy Navratri to you too.

    Korma looks good!

  5. Happy Birthday, Siri! I love your attitude in wearing your age proudly :)

  6. Good to know that u njoyed ur bday....lovely korma recipe,looks really yummm

  7. i am coveting that book so badly!

  8. Wow! Looks delicious! We do not add tamarind extract but you have such an inviting pot, I would love to try it this way. Belated birthday wishes, Siri. That books is wonderful!

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  9. lovely recipe...Do share with us some of the tips & tricks u learn out of the book...:-)

  10. Looks really appetizing! Shall try it out and let you know :)

  11. Happy you had a wonderful b'day celebration Siri :) The book is a wonderful gift - altho I must say your photography is pretty awesome already :)
    Kurma looks delicious

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  12. wow, that looks great and so colorful.

  13. I need a copy of that book NOW!! Ive been eyeing it for a while too!

  14. I love vegetable kurma - the cashews must be making this very creamy! Belated wishes! :)

  15. We make it the same way, except don't add tamarind..sounds very interesting..:)..lovely pot..


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