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South Indian mixed vegetable kurma

Kurma is a very popular dish in South India often served in restaurants as a side for a variety of breads such as parotta, chapathi, dosa and so on and so forth. It is typically a mixed vegetable melange with a rich creamy gravy typically made with coconut as the base.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • InstantPot


  • 4 cups Mixed vegetables Potato, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, pea etc.
  • 1 Onion chopped finely
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Cilantro (chopped coriander) garnish
  • Oil

To be ground into a paste -

  • 1 Shallot large
  • 6 Baby carrots
  • 6 Green chillies
  • 2 inch Ginger piece
  • 5 pods Garlic
  • 10 Almonds
  • 2 tbsps Poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp Fennel seeds
  • 3 inch Cinnamon stick


  • Blend all the gravy ingredients into a smooth paste with water and set aside
  • Start InstantPot on SAUTE mode, add oil and cumin seeds 
  • Next add the chopped onions and fry for 2 mins
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 2 mins
  • Finally add the paste, the vegetables, 2 powders, salt to taste and mix very well
  • Close the InstantPot and cook with Pressure for 8 minutes 
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before releasing pressure 
  • Stir well, garnish with chopped cilantro