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Potato Kurma

This potato kurma with soya chunks goes great with rice or chapatis/nans.


3 to 4 potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
4 juicy tomatoes and 1 onion cut into small pieces
Half cup peas
1 tsp of ginger,garlic,cilantro paste,
2 tsp coconut powder (fresh or dried)
1 tsp each of red chilli powder, salt and turmeric
popu or tadka ingredients (read the preparation)

I also added protein rich soya chunks (the white round ones in the photo below) to this carbo rich curry.

Potato Kurma Ingredients

Add 1 tsp of oil to a hot pan, saute 1 tsp of each cumin, mustard seeds(popu or tadka), when they start to splutter, add garlic ginger cilantro paste, sauté it, and then add onions, tomatoes and peas.

First step Final step

Once the tomatoes are well cooked and juicy, add potatoes, soya chunks, salt, red chilli powder, coconut powder, turmeric and little bit of water. Cook them covered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, for about 10 to 15 mts, on medium flame.

Potato Kurma with Chapatis

Chapati and potato kurma, yum…. this is good eating. How many times I prepare and eat this curry, the taste never gets boring.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Potato, Soy (Tofu, Yuba) (Thursday April 28, 2005 at 9:13 am- permalink)

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  1. hi indira, i tried this recipe today, it was good ..but i dint have coconut powder and soy chunks , i used mushroom instead. i have never bought coconut powder , can u suggest tips to buy it and its purpose’s .thanx

    Comment by priya — September 29, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

  2. Priya, your version sounds good too. You can buy unsweetened coconut powder or whole coconut in an Indian grocery shop.I use it in all types of curries(Dry or gravy)because it gives a sweet, nutty taste to the curries and also because of its nutritional values. Try it and let me know. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — September 30, 2005 @ 10:06 am

  3. Hi Indira, I tried your recipe yesterday and it came out yummy! Thank you!

    I did not have Soya chunks though, I used some hot peppers for a spicy tinge to the curry…

    Indira says

    Hello Ladyinred, I am glad it turned out good. The combination of potatoes and hot peppers, It must be spicy wonderful. I like your version!

    Comment by Ladyinred — November 10, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

  4. Hi Indira,

    Im going to try this today. It sounds yummy. I was wondering if you know of any veg kurma recipes that are creamy - dont some recipes call for the addition of milk/yogurt or cream? Just curious of you knew of any.


    Indira says…
    Hi Radha, I rarely prepare milk/yogurt based creamy sauces. Only when I invite friends over or for parties. The milk avialble here is full of extra hormones and chemicals, so I use it sparingly or only when I am feeling extra indulgent. Thanks!

    Comment by radha — December 17, 2005 @ 6:26 pm

  5. hi,
    i tried this one.its very nice.

    Indira replies…
    Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it.

    Comment by aru — January 30, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

  6. can you use other nut powders, milk powder or coconut milk instead of using the coconut powder?

    Indira replies:
    Nut powders, like cashew, almonds, pistachios… yes. But milk powder, I’m not sure about that so no.
    Nuts and coconuts already have enough fat content, so we don’t have to add extra ghee or butter to cook them in sugar syrup.

    Comment by natasha — March 15, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  7. Hey indra,
    A newbie question-Just wanted to know which is more nutritious-dry coconut powder available in indian grocery stores or fresh coconut that I grate.
    Can i substitute fresh coconut in most of your recipies and still be ok?thanks,

    Indira replies:
    I prefer fresh grated coconut. Even with less amount, it brings not only more flavor also I think more nutritious than the dried one.

    Comment by divya — March 17, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

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    Comment by zaina ahmed — June 20, 2006 @ 3:17 am

  9. hi indra,

    i would like to personally thank you for this wonderful website which you had infact gifted to women like us who are new to cooking. By your website now i have become fully confident that even i can cook well.

    I wish you would help us out with lot many new recipes.Thank you once again.


    Comment by rajyalakshmi nanduri — August 13, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  10. hi indra…
    u hav got an awesome website..
    kudos to u on that..

    i am gonna try out ur recipes as often as I can..

    i have one favor to ask..
    can you try to include recipes of other cuisines as well..

    i hav always been curious how to cook authentic chinese noodles…or lasagne..


    Comment by vijay — August 24, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

  11. hi Indira,
    May i know for how many people this potato kurma dish can be served

    Comment by vidya — August 27, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

  12. Hi Indirakka,
    can you plz let me know who is the photographer, you or Vijay? These photos are really nice. :)
    Feel jealous the way you cook so many items, day in and day out?

    Comment by Viru — January 19, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

  13. Hi Indira,
    Yours are the best recipes I have ever come across. Pictures are excellent and very colorful. They make me try out the recipe. I have already tried various recipes of yours.

    Thanks for your your work.

    Comment by Veena — February 12, 2007 @ 4:58 am

  14. Hi Indira,

    Kurma was very delicious. We both loved it. Would be trying it out very frequently. Thanks for recipe.

    Comment by Aruna Nayak — June 20, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  15. If you add lil bit of unsalted butter,a spoon or more of plain yogurt, makes it even more delicious….

    Comment by Pulaski — July 26, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  16. koththimeera koodaa vestey.finishing touchi lo..Yeha…sooferuntundi….

    Comment by Pulaski — July 26, 2007 @ 9:44 am

  17. Thanx

    Comment by lathabasappa — August 8, 2007 @ 2:38 am

  18. hi indira!

    nice to see such a lovely recipe of kurma. i liked that. thanx

    Comment by swati — August 15, 2007 @ 10:36 am

  19. Hi Indira,

    I tried ur receipe for the first time, it really came out well…Thanks so much for the receipe….


    Comment by Saravanan — August 19, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

  20. Hi Indira,

    I learned so many recepies from your website. I love the simple recepies you list. Keep your work going on..

    Comment by Karuna — September 11, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  21. hi indira,

    I tried this recepie just now, its very tasty. For a long time i didn’t made veggie kurma coz it wont come well. But ur recepie is really good.

    Comment by padma — September 16, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

  22. Hi Indira,
    Kurma looks yummy and mouthwatering. Nice recipe.

    Comment by sri — November 18, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

  23. Hi Indira,
    I feel very glade to see this kurma with soya chunks. I will try this today. I read the comments here, you wrote that,the milk available here is full of extra harmones and chemicals. May i know it clearly. Is there any problem if the milk usage is more in my kitchen.

    Hello Madhuri,
    Thanks for trying out the recipe. Do let me know how it turns out.
    About milk, to know more about the milk preparation process in US, do a Google search on Milk and Hormones.
    - Indira

    Comment by Madhuri.V — January 11, 2008 @ 5:36 am

  24. Hi Indira

    How r u? HAPPY NEW YEAR
    Thanks,these is awesome website.
    I started cooking 2months ago,i tried this recepie just now, its very tasty.I learned so many recepies from your website.

    Thank u

    Comment by swathi — January 19, 2008 @ 8:39 am

  25. Hi,
    kurma lo curd vesthaarani vinnanu…chaala daggarninchi… coastal area AP lo taste chesina anni restaurants lo eppudu ee curd veyali kurma vandetappudu?

    Comment by sundari — September 21, 2008 @ 6:37 am

  26. you know Indira, to me a kurma or korma is anything in a white sauce. That is the how it is in North India. But in southern states a kurma is tomato based. I strongly believe that no matter where the food comes from or in whichever way it is cooked, as long as it is good, it is worth it. Your recipe reminds me of how my mom cooks potato and nutri nuggets.

    Good work!

    Comment by manila — February 9, 2009 @ 10:56 am

  27. Hi,

    Today I tried potato kurma and as you told it’s yum with roti.

    Thnak you
    Pallavi Mohan

    Comment by Pallavi Mohan — June 1, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  28. Hi Indira, Different type of potato kurma. I prepared it yesterday and it came out nice and tasty. Thanks for your recipe.

    Comment by ANANDHI — August 31, 2009 @ 5:52 am

  29. your kurma recipe is very good.i liked it.

    Comment by vijaya laxmi — March 8, 2010 @ 2:45 am

  30. hello: Back in 1979 and 1981, I used to eat puri - koorma at Kamath Hotel near Nampally station, Hyderabad. The taste was unique, and again I ate similarly tasting kurma in New Jersey-Saravana Bhavan. They guy refused to reveal the recipe. I am a veteran cook of traditional vaidiki preparations. Any help with this particular recipe is well appreciated.


    Comment by Bhaskar — May 19, 2010 @ 9:49 am

  31. Indira, for Potato Korma I’ve added tofu to my New Year’s Day shopping list. Thanks for this one! Best Wishes, ~nyginko


    Comment by nyginko — January 2, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  32. Indira, question, please? Are the “soya chunks” and tofu one and the same? I don’t recall seeing “soya chunks” at the markets, although I do recall having seen something like reconstituted vegan proteins (RVP.) ~ nyginko

    Hello nyginko: Soya chunks are dried soymash and they are available in Indian grocery shops under Nutrela brand. Check out this link for soy chunks.
    You could also add RVP to this curry.

    Comment by nyginko — January 2, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  33. Dear Indira,

    I love your blog. I have to read your blog every day :) Today I tried this potato kurma, and it came out wonderfully. My husband loved it!

    Thank you so much for all the recipes you list. I am a huge fan! be it your awesome recipes or your wonderful garden :)

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