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May 9, 2009

Cauliflower Gravy - Cauliflower Kurma Recipe for chapati,idli,rice,poori

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Cauliflower kurma
My mom makes this cauliflower  gravy for idli, dosa,chapati and rice during weekends (Gobi korma in Hindi). We call it as cauliflower Kuzhambu in Tamil. Every Sunday, my mom prepares this cauliflower gravy in the morning, take a break from regular cooking and spends the whole day with us. We relish this gravy with hot Idli or poori/roti for our breakfast, dinner and have the same gravy mixed with rice for lunch. Its a kurma kind of gravy.We have named it as “All rounder Gravy” ;). Its our family favorite recipe. I learnt this cauliflower kuruma kuzhambu from my mom when I visited my house and tried it for our breakfast yesterday. Sendhil liked it very much and had 2 more idlis tooWinking.Thank you Amma for teaching me this easy and yummy cauliflower kuzhambu.Lets see how to make my mom’s Cauliflower gravy for idli,dosa and rice !! You can make it thin or thick in consistency as you like.
Note : To update the old pictures, I made this gravy slightly thick as side dish for chapathi and poori and shared the pictures. But my mom makes it slightly thin.
Cauliflower kurma for rice

Cauliflower gravy for idli,dosa

Cauliflower gravy for idli,dosa How to make cauliflower gravy for idli,dosa and rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for idli,dosa,rice
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup – 200 ml
  • Cauliflower florets – 15 nos
  • Boiled Peas – 1/2 cup (optional) I used it
  • Tomato – 3 nos (chopped)
  • Big onion – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Red chilli powder – 1- 1.5 tsp (adjust)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt and Water – as needed.
To grind
  • Grated Coconut –  1/3 cup
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic flakes – 5 nos
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
To season
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom - 1 each (optional)
Coriander leaves – to garnish

  • Pressure cook the fresh green peas for one whistle in high flame.If using dried peas, soak it overnight before pressure cooking it. Wash and soak the cauliflower florets in hot water with salt and turmeric powder for 10-15 mins .Grind all the items given under “to grind” to make a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Heat a wok/pan with oil and do the seasoning part first. You can add whole garam masala like cinnamon, clove and cardamom if you like. But I don't add it.  Then add the chopped onion and saute for a minute. Add the chopped tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
  • Now add the ground coconut paste with water and stir fry till raw smell leaves it.
  • Then add the red chilli powder,turmeric powder and mix it well.
  • Add the required water, boiled peas and cover cook till cauliflower gets cooked.
  • Make the gravy thick if its for chapati /poori and watery for idli/dosa/rice.You can serve this kurma with ghee rice as well.
Do try this gravy and enjoy your weekends:)
Serve this gravy with gingely oil on top if for idly/dosa. 

  • For more flavor, you can add garam masala powder along with red chilli powder. Add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp as per your taste.
  • Make this gravy slightly thicker if you have it for chapathi/puri else make it thin as shown in the pic below.

Prepare this easy cauliflower gravy during weekends and take a break from your regular cooking like my momHappy. Here is the old picture of this kurma with idli.

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  1. Nice combo with idlis..Looking nice Chithra..

  2. The curry looks creamy n delicious. Great with idlis and puttu :)

  3. Curry looks delciious the puttu.

  4. Know what, I love reading your posts. The recipes are great and the fact that u add the health benifits is soooo useful. I love reading your blog! Next time I eat cauliflower, I can keep in mind the importance of this veggie in my diet... This idea is fantastic... Keep posting! You deserve an applause~!Cheers!

  5. wOW ! NICE POST DEAR ...loved all the recipes ..Thanks for sharing

  6. Cauliflower gravy looks yum yum..thanks for posting the health benefits..its very useful info and very interesting too :)

  7. love that cauliflower gravy!!

  8. Lovely gravy with cauliflower florets..looks good..

    love the puttu as tumbler!

  9. thats a great recipe, I often make aloo gobi but love this one with coconut in it, and as ever love the nutrition box you should be a dietitian!

  10. curry looks yumm...n ur puttu has comeout nicely gal...Good effort

  11. Cauliflower gravy sounds very interesting and delicious!

  12. Cauliflower gravy looks delicious. Puttu has come out nicely. Looks great.

  13. All in all gravy ,should be tasty!

  14. Hi Chitra,
    the cauli gravy looks yumm with idli :) love veggie gravies spicy and thick. The t&t puttu looks good, I too don't have a puttu mould...u've given me a bright idea thanks for sharing the tip :)

  15. Wow the gravy looks very yummy, I can imagine how well it should have tatsed with idli...I am so tempted...

  16. I would love to have this with rice, looks really yummy. Did you use dried peas or frehs peas.

  17. Yummy gravy Chitra, this goes well with anything...great info about cauliflower too. Thanks :)

  18. Superb chitra, What a wonderful click. Mouth watering & sure it would have tasted divine.

  19. Thanku all friends:)
    @Hc , thanks, i used dried peas by soaking in water for 8 hrs:)

  20. hi, cauliflower gravy looks just great....but, I have never eaten it with rice, must try it some time....I loved ur puttu, now where is the recipe because i too love making it I have got puttu rice can u tell me how 2 make it with out using a puttu maker !!

  21. curry looks delicious...
    new look of the blog looks lovely...

  22. Just what I need! I keep telling myself I should use or cook with cauliflower more but it's not my favorite vegetable. I'd rather have it as apart of a delicious gravy like this (over rice, of course!)

  23. Mmm yummy gravy and puttu..!:)

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  25. Yummy gravy! Looks delicious!

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