Thursday, April 26, 2007

N is for Niligiri Korma and Niligiri Curry

I made two N dishes ,
Nilgiri Korma - vegetables cooked in a flavorful onion sauce
Nilgiri Curry - potatoes simmered in a green corriander sauce topped with coconut milk
This is my entry for Nupur's A-Z event for Letter "N"

Nilgiri Korma:

Dry red chilly - 5
Corriander seeds - 2 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 1/2 tsp
Sonf - 1 tsp
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Cardamom - 4
Cloves - 5
Bayleaf - 1
Onion - 1 big , cut roughly , boiled and ground to a paste
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Vegetables chopped - 1 cup ( I used soya balls , lauki )
Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Corriander and Mint - 2 tbs chopped finely


1) Dry roast red chilly , corriander seeds , cumin seeds , saunf , poppy seeds.
Grind to a paste with some water.
2) Heat oil add bay leaf , cinnamon , cloves and cardamom. When aromatic add onion paste
3) Saute till light brown. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry till there is no raw smell.
4) Add salt , spices paste.
5) Add vegetables. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
6) Add a cup of water, Cook the vegetables.
7) Add coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes.
8) Add corriander and mint.

I did not want too much of coconut , so i used dal as a thickening agent.
I cooked masoor dal , mashed it well with a few drops of ghee and
added it to the korma instead of coconut milk.

Nilgiri Curry :

Corriander - a small bunch
Mint - 2 springs
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Shredded coconut - a handful
Onion - half of a small onion
Green Chilly - 6
Poppy seeds - 2 tbs ( soaked in warm water)

Grind the above to a paste.

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Onion - a small one chopped
Onion - a medium one chopped roughly , boiled and ground
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Potato - 2 medium sized , boiled , peeled and cubed


1) Heat oil , mustard seeds , fry chopped onions. Add onion paste.
2) Saute till light brown , add green paste , corriander powder. Fry well.
3) Add Curd and potato. Fry for 2 minutes. Add garam masala , coconut milk. Simmer for
5 minutes.

I added some fish to the curry as i cant survive without non veg..


Bharathy said...

Wow!Khurma...vegetables...looks so yummy and healthy..Bit extensive method..but seems tasty...made Khurma tonight..will try your version next time:)

Asha said...

Nilgiri near OOty!!! My fav place!:))

Kurma looks yummy Ayesha,thanks for the recipes of both.I will try with some layered parathas.YUM!!:)

Ayesha Seerin said...

Thanks Bharathy And Asha..

Do try it .. I bet you will love it ..

Swapna said...

Nilgiri and Ooty brought back some beautiful honeymoon memories..Yummy dishes, Ayesha..
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Richa said...

hey ayesha, first off liked the name nilgiri, it's really nice :) the korma sauce is so versatile, yummy! adding masoor dal is a great idea.
thanlks for ur recipes, keep them coming

Mandira said...

Nilgiri curry sounds wonderful. I'm going to try it soon! thanks for sharing.

Ayesha Seerin said...

Swapna: ;-) ... glad it brought good memories
Richa , Mandira : Thanks.. Do try it and let me know... Try using masoor dal instead of cocnut , it tastes lovely..

Sharmi said...

ummmm I can get that aroma here. looks so yummy and lovely entry.

Sheela said...

Nilgiris is a favorite place for me - have only been to OOty a few times - was curious about this recipe from Nupur's round-up, and am gald I stopped by! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I have to try it soon.

Ayesha Seerin said...

Thanks Sharmi..

Sheela , thanks for stopping by ..
Do try it