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August 5, 2019

Heerekayi Palya Recipe – Karnataka Style Ridge Gourd Gravy For Roti, Rice

 heerekai palya
 Recently my neighbor from North Karnataka gave me some Jolada roti / Jowar roti , ridge gourd / Heerekai palya  (Kannada name )and brinjal / badanekayi chutney as side dish. I have tasted jolada roti oota in Kamat restaurant but this gravy and chutney recipes were new to me. It was so tasty and made me eat 3 rotis 😋. 

When I shared this picture in my Instagram feed, many of my friends and readers asked me to share the recipe of heerekayi palya. This afternoon I got the recipe from my neighbor and prepared it for our lunch. It came out so well. Its a very simple recipe with peanut and till seeds/ black sesame seeds masala as base for this gravy. Its very similar to Ennegai recipe prepared using brinjal which is the most popular side dish for Jolada roti. Some people call this heerekayi palya as stuffed ridge gourd palya / heerekayi ennagai palya in Kannada. But there is a small variation in this gravy. 

Friends, I bet no one could find that this gravy is prepared with ridge gourd. Its so flavorful and tastes great with jowar roti, rice and chapati. Do try it once. You will love it and start to make it often. Its so easy to prepare too ! Ok, lets see how to make North Karnataka style (Uttara Karnataka) heerekai palya recipe with step by step pictures.

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heerekayi palya

Heerekai palya - North Karnataka style ridge gourd gravy

Heerekai palya - North Karnataka style ridge gourd gravy

Heerekai palya - North Karnataka style ridge gourd gravy for jolada roti, rice and chapati.

Cuisine: Karnataka recipes
Category: side dish for jolada roti
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Ridge gourd - 1 (Long and big)
  • Big onion - 1 (Big)
  • Tomato - 1 (big)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Roasted peanuts without skin - 1/4 cup
  • Black till seeds powder or niger seeds powder -  1 tbsp (roasted sesame seeds powder)
  • Green chilli - 3 (Use 2 for less spice)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 10
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp ( I used MTR sambar powder, refer notes)
  • Turmeric powder = 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 1
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Wash and peel the ridges of ridge gourd & skin.
  2. Chop into 2 inch size lengthy pieces. Set aside.
  3. Grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” to a smooth paste adding water.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Saute onion, tomato and ridge gourd pieces till soft. Add the ground masala paste.
  6. Saute till raw smell goes off. Add required water, cover and cook till ridge gourd is done.
  7. Remove and serve hot with Jolada roti / Jowar roti, rice or chapathi !
  • Wash and peel the ridges and skin of ridge gourd. Do not remove the skin completely. But ridges should be removed and discarded. Chop the ridge gourd into 2 inch pieces in length. Wash and set aside.

  • In a mixie jar take roasted peanuts (without skin), black sesame seeds powder(ellu podi, dry roast and powder it), green chilli, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, curry leaves, dry coconut, turmeric powder and sambar powder ( If you are not using Karnataka sambar powder, add 1 piece cinnamon and 1 clove along with usual sambar powder). Grind everything to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add onion and saute till transparent. Add tomato, required salt and saute till mushy.
  • heerekayi palya
  • Add ridge gourd pieces and saute till it becomes soft. Add ground masala paste. Saute till its raw smell goes off. Now add the required water, check for taste.
  • heerekayi palya
  • Cover and cook for sometime. Open the lid and mix once or twice in the middle. Cook till ridge gourd is cooked completely but not mushy. It should retain its shape. 
  • heerekayi palya
  • Adjust the consistency of gravy by adding water. Switch off the flame and serve hot with jolada roti, rice and chapathi. Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli based on your taste.
  • Sesame seeds powder and peanut forms the base for this gravy. So do not skip it.
  • You can use snake gourd, lady’s finger instead of ridge gourd.
  • This gravy thickens over time. So you can add more water if needed and adjust the salt. 

Yummy, Karnataka style ridge gourd gravy is ready to relish with jowar roti, rice !
ridge gourd gravy

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May 3, 2019

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

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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December 28, 2018

Plain Salna Recipe – Empty Tomato Salna For Parotta

Plain salna recipe
 In Tamil nadu, salna recipe is one of the best side dish for parotta that is served in roadside hotels. Parotta salna is a popular streetside hotel food in  Madurai, Tuticorin, Salem and Chennai. Salna is a Tamil word I guess. Plain salna is also popularly known as empty salna. Empty salna is nothing but plain tomato based masala gravy without vegetables. Its a vegetarian salna recipe. Its so flavorful and tastes great not only with parotta but also with idli, dosa, chapathi and idiyappam. You can use this salna for making kothu parotta too.

Long back I had shared mixed vegetable salna recipe for parotta. It is a super hit recipe in my blog. It got rave reviews from my readers. Its my go to recipe too. Recently I came across this plain tomato salna recipe in a YouTube video just like street side hotel ones. This recipe is slightly different from mine. So I got tempted and tried it. Method of preparation of this plain salna recipe is very easy and quick when compared with my earlier version. I made it directly in a pressure cooker. So my job was done under 15 minutes. I was very happy to see the oil floating, flavorful salna. My house was completely filled with nice aroma. Myself and Raksha loved it with store bought frozen parotta.

Hot, flaky, layered parota with this plain salna is a pure bliss. Try it once. You will love it for sure. If you want to add any vegetables, you can add potato or cauliflower.  Ok, lets see how to make plain salna recipe for parotta and dosa with step by step pictures and video.

Check out my vegetable salna recipe which also tastes like hotel ones. Also check out my hotel Saravana bhavan vegetable kurma for parotta, chapathi and dosa. 

Do check out my homemade parotta recipe using less oil.

For variations, you can make chilli parotta and kothu parotta recipe using store bought frozen parotta.

Tomato salna recipe

Plain salna recipe - Empty salna for Parotta

Plain salna recipe - Empty salna for Parotta

Plain salna recipe - Tomato based masala kurma kuzhambu for parotta.

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish for parotta
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Cooking Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1 (optional)
  • Bay leaf – optional
  • Big Onion – 1 (big size)
  • Ginger garlic paste (gg paste) - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chilli - 1
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 5
  • Ripe tomato - 3
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder / Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 to 1.5 tsp (adjust)
  • Dhania powder/ Coriander powder –1 to 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt and water - as required
To grind
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Cashew nuts - 5 or Khus khus/ poppy seeds - 1 tsp
  1. Wash and chop onion, tomato, green chilli.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Temper the whole garam masala.
  3. Add finely chopped onion and saute well.
  4. Add gg paste, chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  5. Saute till raw smell goes off. Lastly add chopped tomato and cook till mushy.
  6. Add required salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  7. Mix well for a minute. Lastly add the ground coconut paste.
  8. Add sufficient water and pressure cook in low flame for one to 2 whistles.
  9. Remove the cooker lid after the steam is released.
  10. Oil floating, flavorful salna is ready. Serve with parotta, biryani, dosa and idli if you like.

  • Wash and chop tomato, onion, green chilli. Heat oil in a pressure cooker.

  • Saute cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add chopped big onion and saute till transparent. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off.
  • Plain salna recipe
  • Add chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Mix well. Add chopped tomato, salt and saute till tomato turns mushy.
  • Plain salna recipe
  • Add cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder, crushed fennel powder and garam masala powder. Saute quickly in medium flame without burning the spices.
  • Plain salna recipe
  • Now add 1.5 cups of water and let it roll boil. In the mean time, grind coconut and khus khus or cashew nuts to a smooth paste.
  • Plain salna recipe
  • Add to the boiling salna. Mix well and close the pressure cooker with the lid. Keep the flame high till steam comes out. Now lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. You will get a nice aroma. Switch off the flame and let it rest till steam releases by itself. Then open the lid. You can see a layer of oil floating on top. Mix well and check for the consistency. If its too thick, add little water and boil for a minute. If its too thin, boil for sometime till it reaches the desired consistency. Check for taste and Serve with parotta, idli or dosa. If you like, you can have it with biryani and chapathi as well. Enjoy !Plain salna recipe


  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder as per your taste.
  • Use Kashmiri chilli powder for bright colored salna.
  • For variations, you can add potato or cauliflower.

Try this super easy, yummy plain salna recipe for parotta and enjoy !
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December 10, 2018

20 Kurma Varieties For Chapathi - South Indian Vegetarian Kurma Recipes

kurma varieties

Here is a collection of vegetarian kurma varieties as side dish for chapathi, poori, parotta and dosa. South Indians love to eat chapathi with coconut based kurma varieties. Kurma recipes tastes good with parotta, idli, dosa, appam, idiyappam, poori and sometimes with rice as well. Most of the Tamil people make vegetable kurma for chapathi/ roti. Chapathi kurma would be the most preferable dinner for us. As I got bored of the regular mixed veg kurma for chapathi, I started trying varieties of kurma recipes at home.

For any South Indian kurma, be it Tamil nadu style, Andhra, Kerala or Karnataka coconut masala or pottukadalai (roasted dal), khuskhus paste forms the base whereas North Indian gravies / sabzi is made with tomato, onion base. With sight variations in the ingredients and cooking method, kurma can be prepared in different taste. 

In this collection, I have shared 20+ different types of kurma recipes for chapathi, parotta, idli, dosa and rice. It includes the most popular Saravana bhavan hotel style vegetable kurma for parotta and chapati (with video), white kurma for idiyappam, tomato kurma/ thakkali kurma for idli, dosa, potato kurma for poori (with video), cauliflower kurma, chana kurma (kondakadalai kurma), Green gram kurma ( pachai payaru kurma) in Kerala style, green peas kurma, cabbage kurma for rice, vegetable salna for parotta, special vegetable kurma for idiyappam, potato paya for appam, vegetable stew for appam, capsicum kurma, carrot kurma for kids, Kumbakonam kadappa for idli, brinjal kurma for idli, dosa, Karnataka style vegetable sagu for poori, set dosa and avarekalu kurma/ mocha kottai kurma recipe.

Most of these kurma recipes are tried and certified by my readers. You too choose your favorite and give a try. I am planning to try some idly kurma and more. I will add in this list once I make the post. Ok, lets see the collection of South Indian kurma recipes for chapathi, idli, dosa, rice, idiyappam and parotta. Please click on the picture or the title to view the respective recipe.
























Salem tomato kurma


Dosa kurma recipe

Friends, choose your favorite kurma. Give it a try ! You will love them for sure. Also don’t forget to share your feedback with me .

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