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Vellai Kuruma- vegetable curry in a spicy white gravy / Blog hop anniversary/ South Indian Category/ Culinary hoppers


Hello Folks !!! 

This recipe is part of our blog hop anniversary south Indian side dish . I am bringing you all a vegetable kuruma which is white in color , has tons of flavors in it and loaded with veggies. This is a favorite curry of mine , actually we get a slightly different version in tiny shops back in palakkad. The restaurant version will be yellow with an addition of turmeric to it and it is generally served with parotta ( a layered flaky bread which is very common in Kerala/ Tamil nadu). I made this kuruma with a slight change in that by not adding turmeric thus maintaining the white color and added some whole spices to give a good flavor to it . This is such a simple but bursting with tons of flavors in this delicious curry. You can serve this with any bread of your choice or simple rice , it tastes that good . This curry is also good for people who are vegans or on a gluten free diet. 

Now let’s see how to make this easy curry ..

Prep Time-  15 minutes 
Cooking Time – 20 minutes 
Serves- 4 to 5 
Author- Parvathy V Nair 


To grind 
Coconut – grated 4 to 5 tablespoons 
Almond/ cashews – 5 or 6 
Poppy seeds (white color) / Melon seeds-  1 teaspoon 
Roasted Bengal gram (pottukadalai / Roasted Daliya)- 1/2 tablespoon
Ginger- chopped 1 teaspoon 
Garlic – 2 cloves 
Green chillies – 2 no 

For the curry 
Cinnamon sticks- 1 small 
Cardamom – 3 pods 
Cloves- 3 nos
Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 
Onions – chopped 2 tablespoon 
Medley of chopped veggies- 1 1/2 cups , I used potatoes , carrots , green beans , fresh pigeon peas and bell pepper . 
Salt- as needed 
Oil – one teaspoon 


1. First soak almonds/ cashew nuts in hotwater for 10 minutes.

2. Now grind these with all the other ingredients under ” to grind ” into a smooth paste

3. In a pan heat oil to this add cardamom , cinnamon & cloves fry it till the oils of the spices have released

4. Now add onions to it and saute for a minute.

5. Reduce the flame to medium then add the vegetables to it . Saute it for a minute add 2 tablespoons of water , cover and cook till the vegetables are cooked.

6. Now add the ground mixture to it salt and some water . Cook till the gravy boils don’t worry it will thicken because of the nuts you have used here . 

7. Check for seasoning , add more salt if required, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with brown rice. 


This recipe is made as a part of blog hop with culinary hoppers


Check other South Indian delicacies from our team

Vani’s Andhra Style Tomato Pappu / Tomato Dal 

Anu’s Dharwad Peda

Padma’s Dosakaya Pachadi/ Cucumber Chutney 

Piyali’s Horse gram vegetable biriyani 

Swati’s Coconut Ladoo 

Shoba’s Karpooravalli Pakodas



17 thoughts on “Vellai Kuruma- vegetable curry in a spicy white gravy / Blog hop anniversary/ South Indian Category/ Culinary hoppers

  1. I love such kurmas with heartwarming flavors which render any meal a sense of comfort such as nothing else can. Paired with chapati/rice – so delicious. Something everybody can and will enjoy. Beautiful pictures dear.Lovely post.

  2. Simply brilliant. The creamy base with an infusion from whole spices makes this a powerhouse of flavours. I am totally in love with the silky texture. This surely makes for a perfect side dish for special occasions.

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