Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe - Mixed Vegetables In Coconut Gravy

Give this delicious Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe a try. It's packed with flavors from the spices of cardamom, cinnamon and other spices. It makes a great side dish along with Parotta, chapathi or Idiyappam and can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe - Mixed Vegetables In Coconut Gravy
3687 ratings.

Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe is often known as Vellai Kurma and is commonly known curry in chettinad area. Tender vegetables like cauliflower, potato and peas are cooked with green chillies and coconut milk. This can be prepared in few minutes and green chilies are enough for the spiciness. The addition of coconut milk adds a creamy texture and rich flavour to the gravy. Coconut milk is the only thickening agent in the curry. Potatoes also give this Thengai Paal Kurma a little volume.

Serve Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe with  Appam or Idiyappam or Kerala Style Whole Wheat Parotta for a perfect meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other similar recipes such as

  1. South Indian Style Vegetable Kurma
  2. Kollu Vada Kurma
  3. Kongunadu Urulai Kurma


Cuisine: Chettinad
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 2 Potato (Aloo)
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar)
  • 1 cup Cauliflower (gobi) , florets
  • 1 Onion , chopped
  • 3 to 4 Green Chillies , slit vertically (adjust the number of chilies according to your spice level)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 3 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 3 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee , oil
  • 1 cup Coconut milk , thick
  • Salt , as required

How to make Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe - Mixed Vegetables In Coconut Gravy

  1. To begin making the Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe, pressure cook the potatoes for two whistles and cut them into small cubes.

  2. Steam the cauliflower florets and peas and keep them aside.

  3. Heat ghee/oil in a kadai/wok and once the oil is hot add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf . Saute for a few seconds till the aromas are released. 

  4. Once done add onion,chilies and cook until onions become transparent.

  5. After the onions have become transparent add the cooked potatoes, cauliflower florets and peas.

  6. Add salt and a cup of water. Once the water starts boiling, add thick coconut milk and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

  7. Adjust coconut milk according to suit your taste. If the gravy is too watery you can mash a few pieces of potato in the gravy to make the gravy thicker. 

  8. Once the gravy has reached the desired consistency turn off the heat and transfer the Thengai Paal Kurma  into a serving bowl and serve.

  9. Serve Thengai Paal Kurma Recipe with  Appam or Idiyappam or Kerala Style Whole Wheat Parotta for a perfect meal.