Vegetables White Korma / Kaikari Vella Kurma – Hotel Saravana Bhavan Style

Vegetables White Korma / Kaikari Vella Kurma – Hotel Saravana Bhavan Style

KaiKari Vella Kurma:(Restaurant Style)

As I told you all before’ AK is a big fan of Hotel Saravana Bhavan food, whereas I am totally against it or any Vegetarian restaurant food’ for that matter! Its kind of hard for me to find something interesting in the menu! I can’t imagine a meatless diet while eating out:( Anyhow, when we visited India recently…my Dad was very thoughtful to take him to his favorite place. He was thrilled to sample the authentic Tamil Breakfast:)…its been ages we have eaten a ‘fair breakfast’ in the morning. Our usual’s are ‘black coffee or Corn flakes or rarely some toast’ or simply a cup of orange juice:( Well, maybe I should agree that, even though’ it is the same usual tiffin items’ in the menu(like idly, dosa, vada, pongal, poori etc)…however the ‘taste’ was absolutely stunning. The food was impeccable. This particular korma was ultimate, simply out of this world. As soon as I arrived back home…I went to different length of procuring the best coconuts’ in the market to recreate the same recipe:):) It turned out fairly decent’ so here you go…


Mixed vegetables 1/2 kilo
Coconut one, grated and pureed
Green chilies 3-6 sliced
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1
Cardamom 3 crushed
Bay leaf 1
Onion 1 grated
Ginger pate 1 spoon
Coconut oil (preferably).


Heat oil, in a wok…add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf.Wait till it crackles.

Now add sliced chilies, ginger paste and followed by onion paste…saute for few minutes in oil, till fragrant. Add salt and vegetables, cover and cook till tender.

Now add coconut puree and continue cooking over low-medium heat. Once the raw odor of the gravy leaves the pan, oil shows up on top…remove from heat.

Serve warm to go with your appam or iddiappam.


22 Responses so far.

  1. Priya says:

    Very tempting vella kurma, soooo tempting, i would like to have with anything..

  2. Jisha says: looks so creamy and healthy…loved it..

  3. Biny Anoop says:

    ya…its great with appa\m…looking gud

  4. Mrs K says:

    mmmm.mmm this will go so well with rice and I love the amount of vegetables that go in this preparation,reminds me of sindhi kadi,except the base for that is besan and here it is coconut.

  5. Dear Malar
    How are you?
    I was introduced to Korma ( Malabar version, not the Mughal)in Kuwait..I used to talk high about this recipe to my wife and daughter.
    A Keralite restaurant opened in the neighborhood..So my wife and daughter would order Chicken Korma, Vege Korma with Malabar paratha and enjoy.(I hated this Korma, a white gravy, devoid of the taste lingering in my mind) . But when I went on my Kerala trip, my wife tasted the real Korma and now she doesn’t go anywhere near the local joint and is after me to make Malabar Korma.
    I have been avoiding because I dont like the packed coconut milk , made in India ( The Thai coconut milk, cream is reasonably good)and extraction of coconut milk is a big affair for a lazy person like me..
    Now I can follow this recipe, I can grate the coconut ( without grating my palm)and puree it. I need to locate a Keralite shop to get good coconut oil..( I dont believe in improvising on traditional dishes by using any other oil).
    So to summarize..I am going to make it…( sounds like research paper days???)
    I guess, I can use chicken, meat, fish. My wife is very fond of vegetables, but I eat minimum vegetables on doctor’s advise.
    I am on a trip to Calcutta , Santiniketan and finally to Sundarban, the tiger ( also tiger prawns) country ..and will be off blog ( also off internet, phone etc, there they dont provide cellphone/net service for the tigers)
    Wish you Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. God bless you and for ever

  6. flavourful and rocking kurma !

  7. Divya Vikram says:

    Kurma looks creamy with those coconut in there. Healthy with those veggies too.

  8. Kurma looks so delicious..

  9. Looks absolutely perfect and inviting.. thanks for sharing.. nice job !!

  10. Looks very inviting Malar and am sure will taste even more yummier than Saravana bhavan:-)

  11. Nandini says:

    I love this kurma! It looks very delicious and yummy! Slurp!

  12. korma looks super delicious………

  13. Delicious Kurma..very tempting

  14. Satrupa says:


    The kurma looks delicious ….. sure it tastes great too.


  15. divya says: looks so creamy and healthy…loved it.

  16. NIDHYA says:

    OMG, thats absolutely drool worthy.. me too a big fan of HSB’s kurma.

    Aaha Oho

  17. Raina says:

    Looks delicious. I have never seen this dish before but would love to try it:)

  18. Jaisy James says:

    creamy rich and delicious

  19. Indranee says:

    That is a beautiful veggie recipe…loved it!

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