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December 6, 2018

Hotel White Kurma - Saravana Bhavan White Kurma Recipe – Vellai Kurma Recipe

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Saravana bhavan white kurma
 Saravana bhavan hotel style white kurma for idiyappam and chapathi was my long time pending readers requested recipe. My friends and readers who had tried my Saravana bhavan vegetable kurma for parotta and chapathi asked me to try and post Saravana bhavan white kurma recipe that is served for Idiyappam. As I have not tasted it in that restaurant, I had no clue about it. 

Recently when I was going through my cook book collections, I got this hotel style white kurma recipe (vellai kurma in Tamil) from Aval vikatan’s supplementary book – 30 hotel recipes. Most of the recipes in that book are fool proof ones. So I tried this recipe confidently. It was captioned as hotel vellai kuruma. 

In the original recipe, it is mentioned to saute the spices, garam masala ingredients, cashews and coconut in little oil before grinding. When I tried the same, I felt the color of kurma was not perfect white in color instead it was on yellowish side. So I tweaked the recipe slightly and made it in a pressure cooker to ease my job. Voila! it was done under 15 minutes. The best part of this kurma is its prepared without onion. You can skip garlic too.  If you have chopped vegetables in hand, making this kurma is so easy. Its a good side dish for idiyappam, chapathi, appam and dosa too. Yes, I liked it with dosa as well. You can make it for your dinner quickly. Chettinad vellai kurma recipe is also similar to this. 

Friends, do try this white kurma recipe and share your feedback with me. Lets check how to make hotel Saravana bhavan style white kurma recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my Saravana bhavan white coconut chutney recipe too !

Vellai kurma recipe

White kurma recipe - Saravana bhavan hotel white kurma - Vellai kururma

White kurma recipe - Saravana bhavan hotel white kurma - Vellai kururma

Hotel style White kurma / Vellai kuruma for idiyappam and chapathi

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for chapathi
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Mixed vegetables - 1.5 cups (1 carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, handful of green peas)
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1 (optional)
  • Ghee - 2 tsp (optional)
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 3/4 cup
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic - 4 cloves
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 piece
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Fried gram dal / roasted gram dal -1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 10
  1. Wash and chop all the vegetables and set aside.
  2. Grind the ingredients under “To grind” to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a cooker. Saute bayleaf, black stone flower.
  4. Add chopped vegetables, sugar, salt and mix well for a minute.
  5. Add the ground masala paste, saute quickly without changing the color.
  6. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  7. Remove the lid after the steam is released.
  8. Temper curry leaves in ghee and add to white kurma.
  9. Mix well and serve hot with idiyappam and chapathi !
  • Wash and chop the vegetables finely and set aside. Grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” to a smooth paste adding required water.
  • Saravana bhavan white kurma recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Add bayleaf, black stone flower and mix well. Add the chopped vegetables, sugar, salt and mix well for a minute in medium flame.
  • Saravana bhavan white kurma recipe
  • Now add the ground masala paste and mix quickly. Add 1 cup of water. Mix well and close the lid of pressure cooker.
  • Saravana bhavan white kurma recipe
  • When the vapor starts to come out, put the weight valve and reduce the flame to low. Pressure cook for one whistle in low flame. You will get a nice smell.

  • Switch off the flame. Remove the cooker lid after steam is released.  If the kurma is too thick, add some water and give one boil. Heat ghee in a kadai and splutter curry leaves. Add to kurma and mix well.
  • Saravana bhavan white kurma recipe
  • Mix and serve hot with idiyappam and chapathi. Hotel Saravana bhavan style white kurma is ready. Enjoy !


  • For variations you can saute the spices in oil before grinding to a paste. It gives a different flavor but color may be dull.
  • You can make this kurma with potato alone.
  • You can also add one chopped tomato but color of kurma may vary slightly.
  • This kurma tastes mildly spicy. So add more green chillies for spicier taste.

Try this yummy, hotel style white kurma recipe. You can pair it with idiyappam, appam and chapathi. I loved it with dosa too.
White kurma recipe

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harini said...

Yesterday I made this tasted very nice with chappathi.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much Harini 😊

Abinaya said...

Had this kurma with aapam and tasted delicious:)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your feedback :)

Sruthi said...

I can't believe how well the kurma turned out to be. I have been looking for a recipe close to the Saravana Bhavan white kurma and have finally found it. Followed the recipe exactly and just added some potatoes to the veggie mix. Thank you so much!