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May 3, 2019

Instant Kurma For Idli Dosa – 10 Minutes Kurma Recipe Without Coconut

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Instant kurma for idli
Recent days my readers are asking me to post instant, no grind kurma recipe for idli, dosa without coconut and vegetables. When I was searching for the same, I got this recipe from Sangee’s blog. This is an instant tomato kurma recipe without using coconut and mixed vegetables. Onion, tomato and besan flour forms the base of this gravy. 

As mentioned in the title, it can be done under 10 minutes. This kurma goes well for idli, dosa, appam, chapathi and poori. But It doesn’t suit for rice and idiyappam. I have already shared an Instant sambar for idli dosa using pottukadalai, onion and tomato. Its a super hit recipe in my blog. This kurma tastes similar to it but its an even more simplified version. I loved the ease of this recipe and the mild masala flavor which is ideal for my family. Everyone loved it. I have tried it thrice so far. I have also made in bulk for my guests. They too liked it. What else I need to blog this recipe. 

This recipe is ideal for bachelors and working women. For variations, you can add boiled potato too. Ok, Lets see how to make Instant kurma within 10 minutes for idli, dosa. Lets move on to the recipe with a video below.

Kurma for idli dosa

Instant kurma for idli dosa

Instant kurma for idli dosa

Instant kurma recipe under 10 minutes using tomato, onion and besan flour.

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Kurma recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Garlic cloves - 3 nos (optional)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds powder / Dhania powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder OR curry masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Besan flour - 2 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup ( To dilute the besan flour)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1 cup (to cook onion, tomato)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  1. Wash and chop tomato, onion.
  2. In a kadai, heat oil. Temper cinnamon, cloves and fennel seeds.
  3. Saute onion, garlic and curry leaves. Add tomato and saute till mushy.
  4. Add salt and spice powders. Saute till raw smell vanish.
  5. Add 1 cup of water and cook onion, tomato. Dilute besan flour in little water.
  6. Add to gravy and roll boil for few minutes. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  7. Serve hot with idli, dosa, chapathi or poori !
  • Wash and chop onion, tomato. Peel garlic and set aside. Heat oil in a kadai. Add cinnamon, cloves and fennel seeds.

  • Add the finely chopped onion, garlic cloves and curry leaves. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
  • Instant kurma for idli
  • Add tomato, required salt. Saute till tomato become mushy. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and saute till raw smell vanish.Instant kurma for idli
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook the onion, tomato till soft and mushy. In the mean time, take 2 tsp of besan flour. Add 1/4 cup of water and dilute it without lumps.
  • Instant kurma for idli

  • Add the besan water to the onion tomato mixture. Mix well and let it roll boil for 5 minutes till the gravy reaches desired consistency.
  • Instant kurma for idli

  • Garnish with coriander leaves, switch off the flame. You can make the gravy thin or thick as you wish by boiling it for extra time.
  • Instant kurma for idli
Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can skip garam masala powder for mildly spiced gravy.
  • You can add more onions. Skip garlic.
  • You can make it thin if making for idli, dosa else make it thick for poori and chapathi.
Try and enjoy this instant kurma with idli, dosa or chapathi !
Kurma for dosa

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Chitra said...


Unknown said...

It came out very well..super quick and I added a little sambhar powder ...loved it..I had it with rice..mmm.. thank you

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback 😊

Lalitha said...

I made instant kurma.It was very tasty.