Potato kurma recipe – How to make aloo kurma recipe – side dish for rotis/puris

Potato kurma also called as aloo kurma is a very tasty accompaniment for rotis, puris, veg pulao or ghee rice.  Kurma is a common side dish very popular in south indian homes especially Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.  You can also add vegetables like French beans, green peas and carrot too to enhance the taste and make it more nutritious.  But if you are short of veggies, you can just add potatoes and make this tasty kurma.  This kurma is very similar to vegetable kurma.

Do try this south indian style recipe of a potato kurma as a side dish for rotis, chapathis or puris.

Prep Time : 15 mins

Cook Time : 20 mins

Servings : 4 persons

South Indian cuisine


Onions – 1 (medium sized chopped finely)

Tomatoes – 2 (medium sized chopped finely)

Potatoes – 3 (cut into small cubes)

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Tej patta – 2

Black cloves – 2

Green cardamoms – 2

Dalchini/cinnamon – 1 small piece

Turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee – 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


Grated coconut – 1 cup

Green chillies – 2 nos

Coriander seeds – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic cloves – 5 to 6

Ginger – 1/2 inch sized

Fennel seeds or sombu- 1/2 teaspoon

Poppy seeds or khus-khus – 1/2 teaspoon


In a mixer grinder, add all the ingredients given under ‘ TO GRIND’ and grind to a smooth paste by adding little water.  Keep the coconut ground mixture aside.

Heat oil in a pan on medium flame.  Add cumin seeds, black cloves, cardamoms, tejpatta and dalchini.  Stir fry for a minute on low flame.  Add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent and light golden in colour.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes become little soft.

Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the ground coconut mixture and mix well.  Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala.  Mix well.  Cook on low flame for 2 minutees

Add the cubed potatoes and give a good mix.  Add little water and adjust the consistency. Check for salt and add if required.

Close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 4 whistles.  Once the pressure is cooled down, add chopped coriander leaves and give a good mix.

Tasty potato kurma is ready to be served.  Serve hot with rotis or rice.


You can also boil or pressure cook the potatoes first and then make the kurma.  In that case, you can make the kurma in a open pan or kadai directily.

Adjust the water according to the consistency preferred.


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