Cauliflower Kurma

1 tb G dall + 1 tsp U dall + 1/4 coco – fry in oil –> grind–> onion + tom + paste–>boil….

 Oops , Sorry for the scribble, but it was the way my recipe notes used to be before I started this blog. Can you understand? Of course , you can’t. But now , I have all my treasured recipes safe in the virtual cook book, I need not worry of losing any good recipes in the last pages of my last year dairy!

 Thanks for the great bloggers who inspired me to start a blog, in particular, Indira. It started  as a hobby and now is more like a place for communicating with my friends and relatives. Moreover, I have earned a good number of friends in the blogosphere. Lots of sharing, learning  new recipes everyday, and it is a wide variety of recipes at  my home almost everyday!

This particular recipe was in my notebook ,scribbled as said before but indeed a treasured recipe given Mrs.Kandhimathi from Naperville (An expert cook , needless to say) through Mrs Lakshmi Mohan, our common friend (Yet another expert!).  A word in advance, keep off your diet consciuosness when you cook this dish. Only when you go by the measures given (especially for the coconut and oil), you get the exact excellent taste!

Cauliflower kurma


Cauliflower florets – 2 cups

Pearl onion- 1/2 cup

Medium sized tomato – 1 number

Oil – 2 tbsp

Coconut- grated from 1/4 shell

For masala:

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Dry red chillies- 8 number

Gram dall/chana dall – 1 tbsp

Urad dall- 1/2  tsp

Garlic – 2 cloves

Ginger- 2 inch piece

Kuskus- 1/4 tsp

Pepper corns- 3 number

Fennel  seeds- 1 tsp

Cinnamon – 1inch stick

Cloves- 3 number

Cardamom- 2 number

Fry  the ingredients for masala  in oil separately  and grind with freah grated coconut .  Drop the cauliflower florets in boiling hot water for 10 minutes.. This cleans cauliflower without doubt.

Heat oil in a skillet, sputter mustard seeds, add pearl onions and saute well.  Drop in the chopped tomatoes , stir a bit till it gets mushed. Add the ground masala , adequate salt and finally cauliflowers. Cook on slow heat. Serve with idlis,  chapathis  , parathas, or naans.

This is my entry for JFI-Coconut hosted by the thotful Ashwini

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21 thoughts on “Cauliflower Kurma”

  1. swapna says:

    hai lakshmiammal
    nice starting
    not before starting this blog ..even now also ..if i see any new recipe notes will be like that..don’t worry every lady can understand this notes…what u say..:-))
    coming to ur recipe..a very new to me..normally iuse the onion and tomato only…will try this time…thanks for sharing…
    happy new year…

  2. indosungod says:

    Laksmiammal that Cauliflower Kurma looks delicious, making my mouth water. I agree when you say keep the diet aside, a few extra spoons of oil and coconut won’t do any harm what with New Year almost here.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

  3. Trupti says:

    Korma recipe sounds really rich and tasty! I have never added coconut to Cauliflower before, will try it!

    Best wishes for 2007.

  4. Ashwini says:

    Lets not worry about diets and such with a dish as mouth watering as this kurma.
    Thanks for participating in JFI Lakshmi. Cheers & Happy new year

  5. Sushma says:

    Hello Lakshmi,

    I just smiled to see how abbreviated your recipes were :-). This recipe looks nice. Its good to know that you have started cooking/liking Cauliflower.

    Also, though late but I posted the recipe for cabbage rolls on my website. Hope you would give it a try.

    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year


  6. Priya says:

    Wishing peace, health, and happiness in 2007 and always. Happy New year to you and your family !

  7. lucette says:

    This looks great. I found you through the Spice is Right. I love your phrase “sputter mustard seeds”!

  8. Nidhi says:

    Recipe seems very interesting and yummy…will try it soon!

    Here’s Wishing you a very Happy New Year Lakshmi. May God bless you and your family with all the happy things in this coming year.

    Cheers, Nidhi.

  9. Menu Today says:

    Hi Lakshmi,
    Happy New Year 2007
    Nice kurma with south Indian touch. I never tried with channa and urad dal. Thanks for sharing.

  10. usha says:


    Check out my blog, you have been tagged.

  11. Vini K says:

    Hi Lakshmi,the kurma looks very appetising indeed!My mother prepares cauliflower kurma in a somewhat similar way.I think she just omits the garam masala spices.

    I write my recipes like that too,and like you,I too feel assured that now I won;t lose my recipes as I have a blog!:)

  12. Lakshmik says:


    You have been tagged. Check my blog for details.

  13. Asha says:

    Hi Lakshmi,I made similar Kurma yesterday and it’s coming out next week in my post!But it’s little different,so should be okay!

    Looks great and a great entry for JFI coconut!:)

  14. Sandeepa says:

    Happy New Year Lakhshmi
    Kurma looks delicious

  15. Vini K says:

    Lakshmi,tried your kurma yesterday for dinner.I looved the flavour.this is going into my repertoire permanently,Thanks for sharing such a tasty dish!

  16. lakshmiammal says:

    Hi Swapna,
    Ya , Even now I write that way in a haste.Alas, atleast the treasured recipes are in the blog safely.

    Hi Ashwini and ISG,
    My mom always take a lead in the taste bcoz of this oil matter. I am a little stringent in that part. But I agree for certain dishes, you need to keep away that mindframe aside.

    Hi Trupti, MT and Nidhi,

    Do try and let me know if you liked it.

    Hi Sushma,
    Thanks for informing, will check out soon.

    Hi Priya ,Sandeepa
    Thanks for the wish ,I humbly reciprocate it to you.

    Hi Usha , LakshmiK,
    Thanks a bunch for including me in meme. Will write soon.

    Hi Ashaji,
    I am looking forward to read your version.

    Hi Lucette,
    Thanks for visiting. Do visit again.

    Hi Vini K
    Thanks for trying it and taking time to come back and appreciate.

  17. rathi says:

    hi friend,tried the recipe. very nice. thanks for sharing a nice recipe.

  18. Sathish says:

    Hi Lakshmi,
    Thanks for the recipe. It came out quite well. It goes well with rice too!


  19. Naveen says:

    Thanks Lakshmi…I tried this recipe it came out really very good…

  20. food cookbook says:

    You made my day complete with this wonderful post of yours. It snows outside and i can say to you, Thank You!

  21. milani says:

    it is easy delicious curry.good along with appam.

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