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Neikarapatti Thayir Kurma, Curd Kurma Recipe, தயிர் குருமா

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Recipe for Neikarapatti thayir kurma with veggies. Vegetable kurma recipe made with creamy curd / yogurt. Perfect side dish / gravy for chapati / idiyappam.



For the Masala Paste

  • 2 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1/2 inch stick of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 10 small onions (Indian Shallots), chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 cashewnut
  • 2 teaspoon khus khus (white poppy seeds)
  • 2 tablespoon fried gram (pottu kadalai)
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder


  • 2 Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 56 beans, chopped

For Tempering

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain curd / yogurt
  • Juice of a small lime
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


For the Masala Paste

  1. Take a pan and add in the oil. Let the oil heat up a bit. Add in the clove, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Add just very little as we want the flavour of the spices to be very subtle. Add in the fennel seeds and dried red chillies. Fry for a few seconds. Add in the chopped small onions ( Indian Shallots ), chopped garlic, ginger and green chillies. Add in the salt. Fry till the onions are soft.
  2. Once the onions are soft, add in the cashewnuts, poppy seeds and fried gram (pottu kadalai). Fry for a minute. Add in the shredded coconut and coriander powder. Fry for a minute and remove from heat.
  3. Let the mixture cool a bit.
  4. Grind the mixture with a cup of water to a very fine paste. Set aside.


  1. Boil the veggies with half a cup of water in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles. Remove from heat and immediately remove the whistle weight manually to release pressure and to avoid the veggies from over cooking. Set aside. Alternatively, you can steam the veggies until they are fork tender. Set aside.

For Tempering

  1. Take a pan and add in a teaspoon of oil. Add in the chopped onions and fry till the onions are soft. Add in the boiled veggies along with the water used for boiling if any. Add in the ground masala. Add in half a cup of water to dilute the kurma a bit. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in 1 cup of beaten yogurt (half a cup of plain yogurt / curd beaten with half a cup of water) and simmer for just a minute. Do not simmer for long after adding the yogurt. The yogurt has a tendency to curdle if boiled for too long. Switch off the heat and add in the lime juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with chapati or idiyappam
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu