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June 9, 2020

Plain Kurma Recipe For Idli Dosa – Dosa Kurma Recipe

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Basically I like kurma based side dish recipes for idli, dosa, idiyappam and appam. In Tamilnadu people make varieties of kurma type kulambu for idli, dosa and even for rice. Today I have shared an easiest version of plain kurma recipe which is popularly known as dosai kurma. But I personally love it with idli more than dosa. You can also call this as easy tomato kurma as the major ingredients used in this recipe are tomato, onion and coconut. It tastes good with idli, dosa and idiyappam. Its a very simple recipe. Just grind all the ingredients, saute and boil to make kurma.

Even though we call it as kurma, it should be watery in consistency just like idli sambar. You would have tasted this type of kurma in Kai endhi bavan / street side / road side small hotels.  Myself and Raksha love to have it by pouring this kurma kuzhambu over hot idli and enjoy drizzling with gingelly oil. Friends, do try this easy and yummy plain kurma for idli dosa and share your feedback with me.

Check out my plain salna for parotta if interested !

P.S. : Sorry I am not regular in posting new contents in my blog as my daughter is using my laptop for her online school. So many posts are lying in drafts and pictures, videos are yet to be edited. So I will try to post them whenever I get the laptop in hand. Thanks for your understanding and support !

plain kurma for idli dosa

Plain Kurma For Idli Dosa / Dosa Kurma 

Plain Kurma For Idli Dosa

Plain Kurma For Idli Dosa with tomato, onion and coconut.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Tomato - 2 
  • Big Onion – 1
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Roasted gram / pottukadalai - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Water – to grind
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Black stone flower / kalpasi - 1
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped )
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Salt & Water – as needed
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil. Saute fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, onion, gg paste, tomato, red chilli powder. Grind to a smooth paste adding coconut and roasted gram dal.  
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Saute one bay leaf and black stone flower.
  3. Saute onion, curry leaves till transparent and add the ground masala paste.
  4. Saute till it becomes thick and raw smell leaves it.
  5. Add 1 cup of water and boil till kurma leaves nice smell.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  7. Serve hot with idli, dosa.

  • To make masala paste, heat 1 tbsp oil. Saute cinnamon, clove, fennel seeds, chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, tomato pieces, red chilli powder till tomato becomes mushy.  Take a mixie jar. Add grated or sliced coconut pieces , roasted gram dal and grind to a smooth paste adding required water. 
  • dosai kurma recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai or a pressure cooker base. Saute bay leaf,  black stone flower. Add chopped onion and curry leaves ( I dint add curry leaves as it was out of stock). Saute till onion become transparent.
  • dosai kurma
  • Add the ground masala paste and required salt. Saute till the paste becomes thick and raw smell vanish.

  • Now wash the mixie jar with 1 cup water and add to the kurma. Let it roll boil till the kurma leaves nice smell and it starts to leave oil on sides and  top.  (If making in pressure cooker, pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. It cooks well and oil floats on top while you open the cooker after the steam subsides).
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  • Lastly garnish with coriander leaves, give one boil and switch off the flame. Serve hot plain kurma with soft idli, idiyappam and dosa ! Enjoy !!dosa kurma


  • I have made this kurma in a non-stick kadai. You can do the entire process in a pressure cooker and cook in high flame for 2 to 3 whistles. It also helps to release oil quickly. Kurma looks yum with oil floating on top.
  • You can also add few chopped mint leaves along with coriander leaves to garnish.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder based on the tanginess of tomato or as per your taste .

Try this easy, yummy plain kurma recipe for idli dosa and enjoy !

plain kurma for idli dosa

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