I have tried many Kurma recipes in the past but once I tried this one, I did not have to try any other. It comes out too delicious for words. Although this technique was new to me, I found that cooking with almost zero additional water in the pressure cooker makes the Kurma taste amazing.
Whenever I make this Kurma, the husband comes to know through the aroma and he asks if it’s Kurma that is cooking 😂. You have to try it to know. I have made it for many get togethers and people love it a lot.
Best part of this curry is once the chopping is done, it hardly takes 10 mins. No sauteing or cooking for long time. I make this specially during weekend now when I don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen.
Hope you all try and love it too. Happy and healthy cooking!
About 3 Cups mixed Vegetables (Potato, peas, carrots, capsicum, cauliflower)
1 Cup Paneer cubes
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 Tbsp Ghee
2 green chillies
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
2 Cardamon pods
1 large Onion, finely chopped
1 large Tomato, finely chopped
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
For the masala paste:
1/4 Cup Yogurt/ Curd
1/4 Cup freshly grated or desiccated Coconut
5 to 7 Cashews
3 to 4 cloves of Garlic
1 inch Ginger piece
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Step by step recipe:
1. First add all the ingredients mentioned in the masala paste and grind to a smooth paste without adding water. Don’t forget to add salt too. Keep aside.
2. Keep the vegetables ready as well.
3. Now take a 2 liter or 3 liter pressure cooker. Don’t keep it on the flame. Add ghee and oil in the cooker. Also add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick along with green chillies. Bay leaf too if you have.
4. Now layer finely chopped onions evenly.
5. Layer tomatoes evenly too.
6. Layer the veggies after this.
7. Add paneer cubes layer over this.
8. Now add the masala paste as the top layer.
9. Now pressure cook the above layers on medium flame for 7 mins or till 3 whistles. There is no need to add water while cooking. The juices in the vegetables will release water and that’s what makes this Kurma tasty.
10. Allow it to cool down by itself. Now add milk and cook for about 2 mins.
11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.
* OPOS is a patented technique owned by Mr.Ramakrishnan. It is a copyrighted term. I have adapted this recipe from this site and since she used this technique for making this Kurma, I followed the same. I have no intention of owning this technique. The full credits to this technique goes to Mr Ramakrishnan Sir only.
* If you don’t know to use a pressure cooker, you can saute tomato and onions in the seasoning and cook the veggies with the masala while following all the steps in a kadhai.
* In the original recipe, it says to keep on high flame for 5 mins but it sometimes burnt my Kurma. So I keep the flame on medium for 7 mins. It works well for me.
* In case your veggies don’t cook when you open the cooker, cook after you add milk for 5 more mins.
* Don’t forget to add salt in the masala paste itself. It makes a huge taste difference if you add later.
* Also don’t add water at all while grinding the masala paste. The yogurt does the job well and you can see it while grinding.
* Paneer is optional. I add because we love it. You can also add any combination of veggies that you have.