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instant pot vegetable korma

Instant Pot Vegetable Kurma Recipe

Vegetable Kurma is a South Indian style curry of mixed vegetables cooked in a creamy coconut cashew-based sauce made in an Instant pot.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Pavani


To grind:

  • ¼ cup Coconut pieces
  • 2 tablespoon Cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy seeds
  • 3 Cloves
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick-
  • Cardamom pods- 2

To make Kurma:

  • 2 cups Mixed vegetables (potato, cauliflower, carrot,green beans,peas)
  • 1 Finely chopped onion (medium)
  • 2 Finely chopped tomatoes (medium)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1+½ teaspoon Red chilli powder-1tsp
  • 1+½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • Coriander leaves a handful
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 +½ cup water


  • In a small blender jar, add coconut pieces, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, cashew nuts, whole spices and ¼ cup of water. Blend into a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Switch on the instant pot. Select the saute mode and heat oil. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and stir it. Add onion and saute till they turn translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell from the paste goes out.
  • Add tomatoes and saute until they become soft and mushy. Then add the mixed veggies, spice powders and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the ground coconut paste and change the saute mode to low level and mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1+½ cup water, check the seasoning. Then add coriander leaves and cancel the saute mode
  • Close the lid and keep the valve in sealing mode and select pressure cook mode and set the timer for 4 minutes.
  • Once cooking time is done, allow 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure manually.

Stovetop method:

  • Follow the same steps of the instant pot recipe, but cook in a large wok.
  • After adding the water, mix well and close the lid and cook on medium heat until the veggies are cooked



  • Instead of garam masala, you can use ground cumin powder
  • If you don't like ginger, the garlic you can skip it and the curry will taste the same
  •  You can add your favourite veggies in making this korma
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