10 minute Veg Kurma – OPOS Method, Easy Kurma recipe


The original recipe is from here
This is the recipe for Saravana Bhavan style vegetable kurma. The original recipe takes about one hour to do. When I came to know that this recipe was made using OPOS – one pot one shot in a food forum to great results, I wanted to try. I was a little apprehensive at the beginning as the original recipe takes a long time and OPOS promises to deliver the goods in less than 10 minutes. I put the recipe to test using OPOS and I am glad that I did. The results were amazing. I am really surprised that OPOS can pack in so much flavour.

The thing with OPOS is that we use very little water in cooking, So the flavor gets concentrated with the liquids found in vegetables. You just need to trust me and try this recipe to believe it. You will change your outlook on OPOS cooking I am sure. Even though there is no grinding in OPOS technically, we grind the paste for this kurma. So lets call it as “bongu” OPOS. Bongu is a tamil term for cheating!

I got a lot of mails asking if the bottom will get burnt as we are not adding any water. Trust me. As we are not sauteing anything, the moisture from the veggies are intact. So that will do the trick.
Also cook in medium high to high heat for just 5 minutes or 3 whistles whichever is the first. If you are afraid of burning, keep the flame in medium.
Trust me in this. I have done it and it works. That’s the beauty of OPOS.

The preferred equipment for OPOS is induction stove. For this recipe set it to 1200w.

Here is how to do it.
Hope you like the video. Enjoy!
Note: 2 liter or 3 liter pressure cooker is recommended for this recipe

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10 minute Veg Kurma – OPOS Method

Easy 10 minute vegetable kurma recipe using the OPOS method. Serve with chapati/parotta/roti etc…

  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 persons 1x



For Masala Paste

  • 6 Whole Cashewnuts
  • 1 teaspoon khuskhus – White Poppy Seeds
  • 4 tablespoon fresh grated Coconut
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • ¼ cup Curd


  • ½ cup chopped Potato
  • ½ cup chopped Beans
  • ½ cup Carrots
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup Chow Chow


  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 small piece Cinnamon
  • 2 green chillies, chopped

Other Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • 2 medium sized Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped

Finishing Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 4 sprigs Coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Grind all the ingredients listed under masala paste to a smooth paste. Add very little water to grind. Maximum upto 1/2 cup. Set aside.
  2. Take a pressure cooker and add in the oil, ghee and all the spices.
  3. Top it with chopped onions. Spread evenly.
  4. Top it with tomatoes. Spread evenly.
  5. Then comes the vegetables. Spread evenly.
  6. Finally, add in the ground paste as a top layer.
  7. Cover the cooker and cook for 5 minutes on high flame. About 3 whistles.
  8. Switch off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Open the cooker and add in the milk and coriander leaves.
  10. Mix well to combine.
  11. Serve hot with chapati/parotta


Dont be tempted to add water. The water in the onion, tomatoes and the veggies are enough to cook the kurma. Thats the main thing about OPOS – concentrated flavor.

The term OPOS and One Pot One Shot are registered trademarks owned by Mr.Ramakrishnan. The recipes have been adapted from his OPOS Cookbook. They are used in Kannamma Cooks with prior permission. The recipes are an adaptation from the cookbook.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu


163 thoughts on “10 minute Veg Kurma – OPOS Method, Easy Kurma recipe”

  1. Wow amazingly easy recipe and tastes so very yummy. Instructions perfect, measurements perfect. Followed it word by word and result- perfect kurma. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  2. Cooked like a charm(will admit I was skeptical) but didn’t burn. The one problem was the beans did not cook through for me. Maybe they needed to be chopped fine too? Overall it was an amazing dish. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. I cooked this with my friend. Turned out lovely and the onions cooked up. Very surprised. Thankyou mam ❤️

  3. Hi,
    This came out good but bit sweet. Will it be good if i replace veggies with chicken?

  4. Tried my first opos dish with this recipe and I loved it. So easy to make and delicious.

  5. I just tried this kurma…it’s awesome….everybody loved it🤩😍..Thanks for the recipe 🙏🙏

  6. Hi,
    I am having this doubt when trying many of your dishes with coconut. I live outside India and working as well. So difficult for me to grate fresh coconut every time. Is there any way to make desiccated coconut tastes like fresh coconut? If yes, how to do it? Thanks

  7. mam today i tried your recipe. while adding curd at end it got cuddled. is that ok. since the curd got cuddled the look of dish changed.

  8. Good recipe. Simple and delicious. Thanks mrs Suguna.
    Only thing I would add is, after 3 whistles pressure can be released and then the mixture can rest in the cooker.
    Thanks once again

  9. The best Veg Kurma recipe 👍🏻
    Don’t know how to Thank you for this lovely no cheat recipe.

    I have made it more than 10 times I suppose. Everytime I tried with new ingredients, And each time it came out wonderful.
    Best part being it goes well with almost anything.

    Thanking you once again Suguna🙏🏻

  10. I just tried this kurma in instant pot and came out very tasty and delicious. It can be made very fast without compromising the taste. We can definitely make this for parties and impress guests. A must try and keeper.


    1. Bhavya, What settings did you use for instant pot? I tried making this today in instant pot on ‘Pressure Cook’ at ‘High’ for 5 mins and my Instant Pot flashed ‘burn’ right after 1 min. I switched it off and opened to find the bottom layer of onions was half burnt. I could save the day by transferring the rest into a pot and cooking traditionally. The end result was still good.

  11. Absolutely love this recipe and novel method of using just a pressure cooker. The taste is indeed rich. Thank you.

  12. Hey Kannamma… 🙂 Thank you for this recipe I was craving for this authentic taste for long … Really easy and no hassles and it was loved by all… 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing, it was toooo good. If I have to make a larger quantity, can I use a 5l pressure cooker? Thanks

  14. Hi, Kurma was very tasty. Thanks for sharing. If I have to make a larger quantity, can I use a 5l pressure cooker? Thanks

  15. Sneha Nambiar

    Amazing! I tried this morning. Followed to a T. Excellent taste. Just like Saravana Bhavan korma.
    Thank you SO much. This is my first attempt at OPOS. And am I glad I tried your recipe first!!!!!

  16. Wow. This was an instant hit in our home. All loved it. I have tried your pepper chicken too in OPOS method. So, easy and so tasty. Please post more OPOS recipes.

  17. Thank you for this recipe. I would like to try this in Instantpot for a party for 15 members. There are other dishes as well. Can you please help out with quantity and can this be cooked in instant pot?

  18. I have tried this recipie n number of times. This is always a hit. Great recipe. Please post more opos recipie. I tried your carrot beans Poriyal pepper chicken and Kara chutney in opos all were so so yum!!!!

    Thank you!!! 🙂

    Life saver!!!

  19. Thanks for this recipe.Super delicious it turned out!
    I added a green chilli while grinding masala and used cauliflower instead of chow chow as am not familiar cooking with it 😏.

  20. Shyamala Jothinathan

    I tried this kurma recipe today.It came out very well. Taste was too good.Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  21. Hi, will the curd in the ground paste make milk curdled? I mean, is it okay to add milk and curd in same recipe?

  22. Hi Suguna akka… I tried this yesterday and it really came out well… Kurma without sweating much…. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!

  23. Extremely delicious. I made it and everyone loved it. Please post more opos recipes. Thanks a lot for your effort

  24. Hi,

    I tried this and it came out so good. Follwed the exact recipe and the result was amazing. There was no raw smell of anything. But I have a question, how does the paste get cooked? It hardly touches the oil beneath. As we only mix the masala at the end. The raw masalas won’t harm the stomach?

  25. I tried twice.. it was the most delicious kurma. I was un short of cashews yesterday, added fried groundnut instead and also a hit…….. thank yu for such a wonderful recipe. Next planning to try nannari sarbath. 👍

  26. The most tastiest Kurma and easiest dish ever. Thank you so much for this, it is total MAGIC

  27. It came out amazing and instantly made my day! Although I haven’t commented before, I should say that my previous statement could apply to many recipes I have tried from your blog. As someone who started to cook from scratch only a year ago, your recipes are what have been feeding me and my husband so far! 😀 Might sound like an exaggeration but you are my Julia Child! 🙂 Cheers and hugs!

  28. Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t get whistle for five mins. So added 1/4 cup of water and kept in high heat for 3 whistles. It came out good. Was yummy. I would like veggies more mushy, what can I do for that?

  29. Hi.. i a beginner to OPOS i have a doubt.. i cook in coil range still the 5 mins pressure applies? On high in the really high or just above medium nd high?

  30. Hi
    I tried ur recipe n found it super easy n tatsed awesome , however the taste is little overwhelmed by coriander powder which i would like to minimize next time .
    I am new to this OPOS cooking n being a new mother this helped me ton thank you 🙂👍🏻

  31. Made this today and by habit I put the gravy as first layer after oil ..And the end product while edible does not look as well mixed ot rich as yours

  32. Do the masala powders and ginger garlic paste have to be roasted before adding to the PC ?

  33. Shanthi Sridharan

    Have a 3L stainless steel cooker. Butterfly. You had mentioned 5 minutes or 3 whistles. Cooked in induction stove. 5th minute could get burnt smell. No whistle . So removed and after 10 minutes, as per your recipe, opened cooker and transferred to another vessel. Has come out well. But the cooker bottom is a different story altogether
    Thank you Ms Suguna. Tastes good.

    1. Hi Shanthi, If the cooker does not whistle even once in those five minutes, there may be something wrong. This recipe is fool proof. You will definitely get at least two whistles and sometimes even four. Thats why I had mentioned the 5 minute time period. May be check the valve or the rubber.

    1. Sorry about that. This is a fool proof recipe and has been tried successfully by so many people. What is the size of your pressure cooker and how long did it take for the first whistle???

  34. Praveena raja

    Hi ,
    When i need to try something new… It will always start from ur page…… Everyone it works scooper cool for me Akka… Thanks a lot… And did veg kurma was too good… Didn’t except such a texture and flavor….. Spell bound… Thanks a lot….

  35. Krithika Rajesh

    Tried it today..came out very well. It was an instant hit. Awesone taste…thanks mam!

  36. Hi Suguna , Looking at the reviews and ratingsn I cant wait to try the recipe. Can I use dry coconut instead of fresh coconut?

  37. Tried this super awesome kurma!! Yumm !! Can i use the same recipe for channa instead of veggies?

  38. Great recipe! Just that my vegetables became a bit softer than what I anticipated. Btw, I have versions of OPOS for rasam rice, sambar rice, pongal etc. I wouldn’t have imagined kurma though. Thanks!

  39. I tried this yesterday night and it came out very well…yum!!! I substituted the veggies with color peppers and mushroom. It was awesome. Quick kurma recipe for the busy week day dinners. Thank you!!!

  40. If anything is even just called kurma I usually won’t even try it. This kurma is the only exception.

  41. Hi Kannamma,
    I tried ur kurma and Kesari , my goodness , the resultant was outstanding. Tk u for sharing such wonderful method of cooking.

  42. Suguna…
    Trust me I ‘ve tried the same as u said….the taste was yummy with the combination of ghee rice….ore Prattu mazhali…..
    Thanks my dear…

  43. Hi Suguna,
    I tried this kurma, in a 2 litre cooker. It came out well, but vegetables were a little uncooked. Only one whistle and the induction showed an error message. The base was a little burnt. Don’t know what went wrong. Kindly advice. Thanx so much

    1. Oh. Sorry the recipe did not work for you. Try adding 2 tablespoon of water to the base next time. This recipe has worked really well for a lot of readers.

  44. Dear hii…
    I’m one of ur fan for ur delicious recepies…enaku parotta salna Epudi pannanum nu Solli thanga dear

  45. I’m a die hard fan of parotta kurma! Unfortunately there aren’t any Indian restaurants that serve it on their menu where I live. I came across this recipe recently on facebook where someone had tried making it in an Instant Pot. The words Saravana Bhavan totally caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try it out. This recipe is pure genius!!! The kurma came out so tasty, people at home couldn’t believe it 🙂 I cannot wait to try out some of your other recipes, this is a food blog I’m going to hang on to for a very long time!!

  46. Preparing veg kurma has always been a herculean task for me. Thanks to your recipe now it has become a child’s play for me.

  47. Hi Kannama,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I tried this today and came out very well. Everyone in my home liked this korma very much. Thank you once again.

  48. Thank you so so much for this recipe. It was really awesome. I didn’t have tomatoes at home and was browsing for recipes. Got attracted by this 10 minutes kuruma. And I did tried it without tomatoes still tastes wonderful.

  49. V yummy.. Thanks for this recipe.. Results where amazing.. Every one appreciated my cooking..

  50. hi Suguna,
    I buy full cream organic yoghurt here in the US. Whenever I add yogurt to a recipe like this kurma or biryani, it breaks; could u please give some tips to avoid this?

  51. Hi Suguna,
    Love your quick videos, I got the link from your blog on the United by Food group. I did try the recipe my husband loved it. I liked it too but it did have a little raw smell from the onions. Is there a way I can avoid it ! Thanks much

  52. This came out yummy… my husband’s friends appreciated my ‘hard work’ when he shared it at his workplace… n I didn’t bother to correct him when he told me this ?

  53. Can I add even cauliflower along with other veggies? Will it be cooked in the same time.frame?

  54. Hi kannamma,

    You are my kitchen angel, I have tried this veg kurma and it came out very well. Loads of thanks!!

  55. Can I substitute the 6 cashews with almond butter by any chance? Thanks!
    I’m from coimbatore too. Came here via the annapoorna sambar recipe! 🙂

    Great site!

  56. Hi Suguna,

    I tried out this recipe and it was a hit in my home. The only thing I changed was adding coconut milk at the end instead of regular milk. It was really good! I was one of those non- believers because I was afraid that the vegetables would get burnt but nothing happened. The vegetables had the perfect texture – soft and crunchy!!

  57. Subhashini Natarajan

    I tried this and it came out very good. Very quick and easy way for Kuruma. Loved it

  58. Hi Kanamma,

    I am tamilian raised primarily in the North and moved to States about 12 yrs back.
    I missed my mom and her cooking which I never really cared to learn back home. My husband loves idlis and for 10-11 years we either ate idlis at restaurants or managed with my my inconsistent lousy idlys and have tried many recipes from various Browsing the net one lucky day in the hunt for a idly recipe , I stumbled upon your blog and decided to try the fluffy idly and tried it and lo behold … All I can say as they would in Tamil -” Patti yen idly tale le vichenda” answer- ” pu bola ireundade”… Your recipe has worked to provide soft fluffy idly every single time and our weekend breakfasts have become a trip down memory lane … Thank you!

  59. Tried this for dinner & it turned out awesome! I’m amazed that I could make something so tasty so quickly. Thanks a ton Kannamma. Great way to get veggies into the meal!

  60. Hi Suguna,
    Tried this last night – turned out pretty good!! I have a question for you – have you ever used the InstaPot pressure cooker? I’ve been using it extensively primarily for noiseless pressure cooking (my toddler daughter refuses to come out of her room when I cook if I use the traditional cooker) in addition to other features. If you have, how much time would you recommend on the pressure cooker setting (manual) without making the vegetables to become a mashed up masiyal?

    1. Thanks for writing in Aishwarya. I have never used the instapot. But you can standardise recipes by noting down the time it takes to cook and adjusting your timing accordingly to how your cooker behaves. Its a little trial and error, but once you have done that, then you can gauge the timing every single time without having to let the veggies turn into mash.

    2. Thanks Suguna! That is something I am yet to master 🙂

      On another note, have you ever considered publishing a book with your recipes? I thoroughly enjoy exploring your blog and surprising my family during dinner. It’s always a pleasure to find another version of what I know/have made and have it turn out much better than I’ve known it to be 🙂

  61. Hello kannama i want to try this recipe with opos method but i want to know if the result / the taste is same that the traditional one ?

      1. Hi Meena, Yes. The recipe tastes very close to kurma made using conventional method. I have already mentioned it in the post.

        “This is the recipe for Saravana Bhavan style vegetable kurma. The original recipe takes about one hour to do. When I came to know that this recipe was made using OPOS – one pot one shot in a food forum to great results, I wanted to try. I was a little apprehensive at the beginning as the original recipe takes a long time and OPOS promises to deliver the goods in less than 10 minutes. I put the recipe to test using OPOS and I am glad that I did. The results were amazing. I am really surprised that OPOS can pack in so much flavour.

        The thing with OPOS is that we use very little water in cooking, So the flavor gets concentrated with the liquids found in vegetables. You just need to trust me and try this recipe to believe it.”

  62. Really awsum recipes…m tryng it evrydy..luv to xprimnt…grt work…lotz of luv ….??

  63. This one rocks.I made it just now with keeerai and dal fry.Everyday u make me to look for new recipes in your blog.Nothing can go wrong with your recipes.I recommend this to all my friends.

  64. This is just so good , I have tried a lot of opos recipies but never thought you could do hsb kurma using it ????. You should try the opos paneer butter masala and soya kurma . It’s simple yet so good . Please please pretty please post more opos recipes for moms with demanding toddlers like me .

    P.S- Don’t opos usually use whole tomatoes which are mashed in the end ?

  65. I tried it fabulous.Simple and quite significant. Saravana bhavan Annatchi may not like it sharing !

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