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Ingredients-1 ½ cup 2 nos 2 tsp 2 tsp 1 no 2 nos 2 nos 1 no Ingredients-2 2 nos 3 nos ½ tsp 2 cup 2 tbsp ¼ cup 2 tsp

2 tsp 2 nos 2 nos ¼ tsp ¼ tsp 8 nos 4 stks 3 tsp 1 tsp Onion (finely chopped) Green chili (slit open ) Ginger garlic paste Mixed vegetables Yogurt/curd Milk Coriander /dhania powder Salt (or to taste) Bay leaf Black stone flower (optional) Cumin seed Fennel seeds Curry leaves Coriander leaves (chopped for garnishing) Oil Ghee Fresh grated coconut Cashews Poppy seeds Split roasted gram/pottukadalai Green chili Cloves (karambu) Cinnamon stick (very small) Cardamom

Paste : Using ingredients from Table -1 (Coconut + Cinnamon + Cloves + Cardamom + Green chili + Cashew + Poppy Seeds + Split roasted gram) grind to fine paste adding little water. Choice of Mixed vegetables: Include your usual carrot, beans, peas and potato. Also include my selection (20 mini cube cuts) from Chow Chow and Bottle gourd. (Try with pumpkin or any squash or yam). Cube the veggies in the same size to give an even look. Kurma preparation: In a pan, heat oil and ghee. Toast the bay leaf along with curry leaves, black stone flower, cumin and fennel seeds. Add the finely chopped onions, green chilies and fry till golden and crispy. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for few seconds to take away the raw smell. Now add the cubed veggies, coriander powder and 1 cup of water. Cover and let cook over medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes or until they are cooked through fully. When done add yogurt (diluted or beaten with little water to avoid curdling) ground paste and salt. Bring it one boil and simmer, slowly add milk and stir, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with parotta or idiyappam.

Notes Absolutely no tomatoes. Turmeric is optional when included adds colour. Yield: Serve 4 adults approx. Source: Learned from a cook who does catering for marriages. (optional) Idiyappam Kurma: This has to be pale white and no turmeric or chili powder. Adjust consistency with water or little coconut milk. Chapati Kurma or parotta kurma : Include pinch turmeric and little chili powder for colour. Spice level is adjusted with green chilies. It derives sourness and tanginess from yogurt. . red chili powder and turmeric in this kurma.