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Nov 20, 2011

Amma’s Varutharacha Urulai Kilangu Korma / Potatoes Cooked in Roasted Coconut Gravy – Best Combo for Appam

Amma makes this korma whenever she do appam for us. This is her signature dish which pairs excellent with that spongy appam. I have never seen her making this any other day other than those days.

How could I not add this in my blog, I was asking amma the recipe and one fine day amma made appam with curry and I clicked photos of that. If you are wondering about the recipe of appam, Its for my next post.So wait for it.

I cook lots of continental and western foods, but there is some kind of joy which clings to me when I prepare traditional foods from my house. Yes we have lots of tradition in our house, everything comes around food. He He..

I love to see the magic that happens in the kadai while I make or roast spices. While doing that a wonderful aroma fills the entire house and my little sister peaks her nose in the kitchen and realizes “ok there is something special today”. She always ask me “Akka what are you cooking today”. I always tell her “Ah..A special dish”.. But I never tell the name of that untill the dish is over and photos are clicked. He He..

Ok this is one of that kind of dish, here the spices are roasted and ground which gives a awesome flavour to this dish. So with no more delay, off you go to the step by step recipe with pictures.


Onion-1 sliced
Potato- 3 large cubed
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tblspn

For Roasting & Grinding:
Coconut-1 cup grated
Dry Red Chilli-3
Coriander seeds / Malli-2 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai -1 inch stick
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Peru Jeerakam-2 tblspn
Oil-1 tblspn


Heat oil in a kadai, Add all the roasting ingrediants and roast till it turns dark in colour.Now allow this to cool down, Take it in a blender and make it into a fine paste.Set this aside.

Now heat 1 tblspn of oil in a kadai. Add in onions and fry for a min. Add in potatoes and fry for 3 mins. Season with salt and mix well. Pour enough water so that the potatoes are completely immersed. Bring this to boil and simmer covered for 20 mins until the potatoes are cooked.

Add the ground masala in this and mix well..Simmer this for 5-10 mins, Check for seasoning and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with roti, dosa, rice or anything. But this taste great with Appam.

Take all your ingrediants
I cubed the potatoes and immersed in some cold water to avoid the potatoes turn black..
Ingrediants for roasting & grinding

take everything in a frying pan

and start roasting

untill it gets fried and roasted

roast till golden
remove it in a blender

and make into a fine paste
now saute some onions in oil

add in potatoes

season with salt

pour some water

and bring it to a boil

cover and simmer
untill potatoes are cooked

add in the masala

and simmer for a while

done done..


Yummy right....

Taste best with some spongy Appam..

Close look


  1. THis looks delicious!! Did you put the chili pods into the blender whole, seeds, stems and all? Is this very spicy?

  2. Dottie..Thanks for your comment..Yes I added every part of the chillies in..If you wish you could deseed it and add..you can reduce the amount of chilli as per your taste.I

    I made it little spicy for me..And also the spiciness depends upon the chilli which you use..Some are spicier and some are milder.You can adjust as per your taste.

  3. Aarthi ur posts make me want to go back home....it reminds me of my mom's dishes...this is exactly how we make it too...

  4. Gravy looks really very tasty. Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe. Love to try this soon. Bookmarked.

  5. Hey Aarthi!!!! Thank u for dropping by. Its my first time here as well . Following you!!!

  6. Thanks so much Arthi for following me,I am so glad to have found your blog,you have such excitingly yummy recipes,I have had a quick look through all the pictures and I am coming back to make some dishes from here.this recipe with roasted gram and potatoes is a killer,and appam with this is my absolute hot favorite:) I am following you back and look forward to more recipes from you!!!

  7. I am in the mood for some spice, some potato and some coconut. Is the coconut unsweetened? I won't see your reply unless you send it to scrout1944@msn.com


  8. they would be absolutely perfect with appam..im drooling already

  9. Delicious looking apam and korma. Already started to drool over here.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Soooo spicy and flavourful curry..Perfect side with appam..Yummm.

  11. Aarthi...great recipie.thanks for stopping by..following you too.

  12. StephenC..yes the coconut is unsweetened..

  13. Superb korma...wonderful flavours, your kadhai and pan looks rustic and beautiful.

  14. very delicious curry..looks perfect

  15. Dear Arthi
    I feel good reading your comment at my blog and delighted that you are following my blog.
    I cant access blog from Sahara desert. I can open some times , but the pictures dont open..very sad. I shall make it up when I am back, I can see the headings and you have very nice recipes.
    Have a great week

  16. Hi thanks for visiting my blog and giving a lovely comment.you too have a nice blog with good recipes.

  17. What a fabulous gravy! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog, look forward to reading your yummy post...

  18. Potato curry looks so creamy and delicious.

  19. Potato kuzhambhu looks super yum... perfect with anything..:) Loved it..

  20. I too love cooking traditional age old recipes...This one sounds so flavorful and aromatic

  21. Wat a flavourful kurma,seriously i can have it with anything.

  22. wow..great combo of flavors..thanks for sharing aarthi..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  23. Great recipe ! I made it! It`s delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  24. I can just smell these potatoes cooking!! Delicious - love the photos and the recipe sounds divine :)
    Mary x

  25. Such a tasty combination. YUM!!

  26. Yummy recipe; super cute pot and love the super cute dog on your profile :)

  27. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving your kind words. I love all of the wonderful spices in this dish.

  28. Aarthi, this dish looks absolutely incredible!

  29. I am pretty sure that this is a kind of kurma that my neighbor used to make for us sometime and I used to love it! Thanks for the recipe..im gonna try making this soon!

  30. This looks fabulous, love the sauce.

  31. The potato curry would be perfect with rava dosa....perfect:)

    Taste of Saras Kitchen

  32. Looks so yummy...Mouth watering !! You have a good collection of recipes Aarthi:) An award is waiting for you at my space:) Check out this link & grab it: http://teenzyummydelights.blogspot.com/2011/11/liebster-blog-award.html

  33. Hi arthi... tried this last night... it was awesome...added fresh green peas too and had it with chapatis. It was yummmmmo... Thanks for this super simple and tantalizingly tasty curry... This is gonna take place frequently in our menu...

  34. your cooking pots are so lovely. i want them.. where do u buy that from?

  35. @bincyI got it from my super market called lynns here in nagercoil.


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