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Vellai Kurma- Instant Pot and Stove top

Hotel style Vellai kurma is a flavorful restaurant style kuruma . It is mixed vegetables in a white sauce and pairs well with Chapati, Poori, Idli, Dosa and Parotta
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil
Servings: 4
Author: Anusha Praveen


  • Pressure cooker/ Instant Pot
  • Blender


  • ½ c peeled and chopped Carrot
  • ½ c peeled and cubed Potatoes
  • 12 fresh green beans chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ c frozen or fresh green peas
  • 1.5 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 small Bay leaf
  • 1 piece clove
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 c finely chopped onions
  • 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1.5 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped Coriander leaves

Spice paste

  • ½ c fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoon Pottu kadalai
  • 1.5 teaspoon Ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 10 whole Cashews 8-9
  • 2 green Chillis
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1 small piece Kalpasi black stone flower/ Dhagad phool
  • ½ to ¾ cup Water


Pressure cooker method

    Cooking the veggies

    • Wash and chop all the vegetables.
    • Add this to a pressure cooker with 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt.
    • Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
    • Wait for the pressure to release naturally.
    • When done, do not drain the water.

    Making the spice paste

    • In a blender jar, combine the coconut, cashews, Kalpasi, fennel seeds, green chilli, ginger, garlic and Pottu Kadalai( roasted gram dal).
    • Pulse a few times to break down everything to a coarse paste.
    • Then add ½ c water and grind to a smooth paste.
    • Add ¼ cup more water if required to grind to a really smooth paste.
    • Grinding the spice paste very smoothly is important here.

    Making the Kurma

    • Heat a pan with oil. Pop the mustard seeds.
    • Now, add the bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon.
    • When the spices pop, add the finely chopped onions, curry leaves and salt.
    • Mix well and cook till onions turn pink.
    • Please do not brown the onions.
    • The onions should turn just pink and soft.
    • If you brown the onions, the whole color of the Kurma will change.
    • This takes approximately 2 mins on medium flame.
    • Now, add the ground paste and mix well.
    • Cook on low flame for 1 min.
    • Again, keep stirring every now and then to prevent the paste from sticking to the bottom or burning.
    • You can see that the paste will begin thickening.
    • At this stage, add the cooked veggies and mix well.
    • Add 1 c water and sugar. Stir to combine.
    • Simmer this for 3 to 4 mins on medium flame,stirring every now and then.
    • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
    • Just before serving, squeeze some lemon juice and serve hot.

    Instant Pot Vellai Kurma

    • Insert the inner steel pot into the Instant Pot and switch it on.
    • Press Saute mode- Normal for 6 mins.
    • Add oil and wait for the display to read HOT.
    • Now, add the mustard seeds,bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. Wait for the mustard seeds to splutter.
    • When they splutter, add the finely chopped onions and saute until they turn pink and soft. This takes roughly 1.5 minutes. 
    • As soon as the onions are cooked, add the finely chopped veggies and mix well.
    • Saute for 30 seconds and add 1 cup of water.
    • Now, add the ground spice paste and mix well.
    • Add 1 teaspoon sugar and the curry leaves.
    • Stir to combine and simmer for 1 minute. Now, press cancel.
    • Wait for the cooking cycle to complete. And wait for natural pressure release. It takes 13 mins roughly for the pressure to release naturally.
    • When the pressure releases, press cancel.
    • Open the lid, mix well. Press SAUTE MODE- NORMAL-2 MINS and simmer for 2 minutes
    • When done, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

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