Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Potato Peas Kurma

Did you have a good Holi celebration? My bus friend was a little sad that Holi celebration is just not the same here as it back home, though we do not celebrate Holi I do understand how she feels. Holi is not that popular a celebration around my parts in TamilNadu. It symbolifies the start of spring and the rejuvenation it brings with it. Though the calendar shows that it is spring the weather outside is saying quiet another story. The days are getting longer, trees are budding and the flowers are blooming, Spring in the air for sure.

Spring break has given a few days of relaxed mornings where there is no rush to get ready and rush off. Ofcourse there is always the weekends to sleep in and eat breakfast late. Potato Peas Kurma is perfect for breakfast for just such days a hearty side that can be served with dosai, idli or chapatis.


1. 6 Small Potatoes or 2 Medium sized potatoes cleaned and cut into 1" cubes
2. 1 Cup of Green Peas
3. 1/2 Onion or 4 shallots chopped fine
4. seasonings: cumin, fennel seeds and curry leaves
5. Salt to taste

For the Paste
1. handful small onions
2. 2 tbsp grated coconut
3. 2 tsp poppy seeds soaked in a tbsp of water
4. 2 Red Chilies or green chilies
5. 1/2 cup coriander leaves
6. 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
7. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Saute the onions and when slightly brown add the coriander leaves and set aside. Next saute the coriander, cumin and red chilies, towards the end add the coconut and saute. Cool transfer to blender along with the soaked poppy seeds and blend to a paste.

Whole Wheat Dosai with Potato Peas Kurma

1. In a pressure cooker, heat oil add the seasonings and when brown
2. saute the onions when translucent add
3. the potatoes and peas and saute for a minute or two
4. add the blended paste and about 3 cups of water, check for salt
5. Cover the lid and cook for one whistle.


  1. Wow ISG, this is simply neat..you have made it so easy to make kurma!
    Tks for sharing!

  2. Love this quick way to make kurma! This will motivate me to make kurma soon. :)

  3. it should have tasted good..as small onions in the gravy do their job perfect.

  4. I love Kurma.. ur version looks delicious. Thanks for sharing

  5. Nice recipe there, ISG! The whole wheat dosa looks good too!

  6. wow..nice colour...how abt that dosa...:D

  7. looks healthy the dosa made of whole wheat..The curry looks spicy n delicious..Why cant u send this across for Healthy breakfast event?

  8. nice recipe! love that color.

  9. Great recipe and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Looks so lovely in the almost-spring sunshine! :)

  11. i am thinking of remaning u as kurma queen;) love all the recipes u post indo. this one is no exception.

  12. It's a pleasure to have you in my place, Indo :)...hugs!

    Yes,Holi is not celebrated here in T.N, as you said..but I beleive Pongal compensates the same :)..

    Errr...time to make dinner fo me...can I have the Yummy Khurma for my dosas here??;)

  13. You make it sound so simple and delicious....

  14. kurma looks great Indo.
    You know I also brought whole wheat. But the dosai comes out pinkish color which is not very appealing , but your dosai looks much more tempting :)

  15. That looks very conforting! Will try this sometime, thnx for sharing.


  16. I love this kurma. it has the same taste as the one served in saravana bhavan- correcta ?

  17. I could eat this anytime of the day! Love the combination of flavours.

  18. Yes Holi is not that celebrated down south is it ? I was amazed that we could roam around the streets color less on Holi

    Are the girls enjoying spring break ?


  19. potato kurma and dosa wowwwwwwww i just lovethe combo yummmmmmmm

  20. Revathi, Saravana Bhavan is not in our neck of the woods, it is Annapoorna, yes now that you say, it does taste like their Kurma!

    good life, try adding a little bit of dosai batter when u make it.

  21. Hi ISG..just now I happened to see ur simple lunches and veg gravies label..U have a huge collection of lunch recipes..Bookmarked..will try them one by one..Thanks a lot..they will be of great help to me for sure


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