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May 9, 2009

Cauliflower Kurma Recipe for chapathi, idli, rice, poori - South Indian Cauliflower Gravy

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Cauliflower kurma
My mom makes this cauliflower kurma kuzhambu for idli, dosa, chapati and rice during weekends (South Indian cauliflower gravy in English). 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 from my mom during my recent visit to my house and tried it for our breakfast yesterday. Sendhil liked it very much and had 2 more idlis too. 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 – 250 ml
  • Cauliflower florets – 20 nos
  • Boiled Peas – 1/4 cup (optional, I used it)
  • Tomato – 3 nos (finely 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 –  1/2 cup
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic flakes – 5 nos
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
To season
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom - 1 each 
Coriander leaves – to garnish

  • If using dried peas, soak it overnight before pressure cooking it. Frozen peas can be used directly. 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.  Splutter cumin seeds. Add whole garam masala like cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Then add the chopped onion, fresh green peas 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 and cover cook till cauliflower and peas 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 idli/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 mom. Here is the old picture of this kurma with idli.

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Pooja said...

Nice combo with idlis..Looking nice Chithra..

Pooja said...

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

sathya said...

Curry looks delciious the puttu.

kittymatti said...

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!

Mangala Bhat said...

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

Parita said...

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

Vani said...

Looks yum!

Manju said...

love that cauliflower gravy!!

Priya Suresh said...

Lovely gravy with cauliflower florets..looks good..

love the puttu as tumbler!

Unknown said...

nice delicious gravy..

chow and chatter said...

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!

chef and her kitchen said...

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

Anonymous said...

Cauliflower gravy sounds very interesting and delicious!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

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

Cham said...

All in all gravy ,should be tasty!

Suparna said...

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 :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

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

Finla said...

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

Gita Jaishankar said...

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

Ammu said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Myvegfare said...

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 !!

phanitha said...

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

Tangled Noodle said...

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!)

Sanghi said...

Mmm yummy gravy and puttu..!:)

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AnuSriram said...

Yummy gravy! Looks delicious!