Veggie Kurma – Easy Coconut Korma Sauce with Cauliflower, Potatoes, Carrots, Chickpeas. 1 Pot Vegetable Korma Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Instant Pot option
There are varieties of Korma just like there are of Dals. And they are all Delicious!
This Korma Sauce is adapted from a coconut based kurma. Kurma is a similar dish like korma but made with slightly different ingredients depending on the regions and recipes in Southern India. This sauce has whole spices such as fennel seeds, some shredded coconut, tomato, onion, ginger, garlic all blended to a smooth puree. The puree is cooked to roast the mixture, then veggies mixed in and simmered with some coconut milk for creamier or simmered with water for everyday korma/kurma. Add veggies, baked tofu or other additions in this sauce for variation.
1 Pot, Easy, Delicious Weekday Korma.
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- Aloo Palak Dal – Instant Pot Potato Spinach Lentil Curry GF Soy-free
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I have 2 more Kormas in my drafts! An Instant pot no tomato version coming soon too. Vegan version of Navratan Korma can be found in my first book.
Tips for a flavorful Korma Sauce:
- Toast the whole spices really well in oil. Cook and caramelize the onion tomato puree for max flavor
- Spices often take some time to fully enrich the dish, so most indian sauces and curries are tastier the next day/meal.
- Old spices lose flavor significantly. Adjust by adding more of the spices when you taste to adjust. My garam masala is pretty potent, so I generally use less.
- You can use fresh or dried coconut in this recipe. Depending on the coconut, it will take longer to blend. Blend longer if using dried thick coconut, and longer for smoother sauce.
Veggie Kurma - Easy Coconut Korma Sauce with Vegetables
- 1/4 (0.25 ) medium onion
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 inch (0.5 inch) ginger
- 1 green chile or add cayenne with the ground spices to taste
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) fennel seeds
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) turmeric
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) garam masala
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) each ground cardamom , cinnamon
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) paprika
- a dash of black pepper and cayenne for additional heat
- 1/2 (0.5 ) head small Cauliflower chopped into florets
- 1 medium potato cubed
- 1/2 to 1 cup (120 g) veggies such as carrots zucchini, peppers
- 1 cup (164 g) cooked chickpeas
- 1/4 cup (36.25 g) peas
- 1 cup (226 ml) water or coconut milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) sugar or sweetener optional
- Blend onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, chile, fennel seeds and coconut until smooth. Add a few tbsp of water if needed. Blend for a minute, then let sit for 5 mins, then blend again. This will help the coconut and fennel seeds to break down and blend.
- Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add bay leaves and cook for a few seconds. (you can add other whole spices such as 2 cloves or 1 slightly opened cardamom pod here for variation). Add the ground spices and mix in. Quickly add the blended mixture(so the ground spices dont burn) and mix in. Add a dash of salt, Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally so the onion gets well roasted.
- When the onion tomato mixture is thick and starts to get fragrant(spice and roasted smell), add the veggies and chickpeas and mix in. Add water or coconut milk and salt and cover and cook for 13 to 15 minutes or until the veggies are cooked to preference. Taste and adjust salt and flavor.
- Add in the peas. Add more coconut milk/cream if needed or some cashew cream for creamier. Simmer for a few minutes. Add 1/4 tsp sweetener if needed and mix in. Garnish with roasted cashews, cilantro, garam masala and sliced green chilies or cayenne for heat. Serve hot with Naan, roti flatbread or rice.