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A bowl filled with vegetable korma, made with carrots, potatoes, green beans and tomatoes in a spicy but creamy coconut sauce. Next to the bowl is a paisley napkin and a bowl of dal and spoon.
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5 from 14 votes

Vegetable Korma Recipe

Creamy and fragrant, a Vegetable Korma is the stuff memorable meals are made of. This mixed vegetable curry is deceptively decadent and secretly healthy, packed as it is with veggies like carrots, peas, potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers, all in a silky sauce of coconut, ginger, garlic, cumin and turmeric. A vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free recipe.

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian, Indian (South Indian), Vegan
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 124kcal


  • 2 medium carrots, (cut into ¼-inch rounds or semi-circles, or dice)
  • 1 cup green beans (cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • 2 yellow or red potatoes, (cut into ½-inch dice)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ginger (crushed into a paste or grated)
  • 4 large cloves garlic (crushed into a paste or minced)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (pureed. Or use 1 cup canned pureed tomato)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (use less if you prefer)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 cup green peas (I use frozen but fresh is fine)
  • 1 large bell pepper, (cut into a ½-inch dice)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  • Place the beans, carrots and potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl, add ¼ cup water, and microwave on high for seven minutes or until the potatoes are cooked but not mushy.
  • Place the coconut milk and poppy seeds in a blender and blend until you have a smooth paste. Add a little bit of water if needed.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a large saucepan or pot. Add 1 chopped onion and saute until it starts to turn translucent. Add crushed or minced garlic (four cloves) and crushed or grated ginger (1 tbsp) and continue to saute another 30 seconds.
  • Add 1 cup of tomato puree with ½ tsp of cayenne or any red chile powder, 1 tbsp of coriander powder, 2 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp turmeric, and the garam masala powder, if using. Stir well, cover, and let the tomatoes and onions cook about 10 minutes.
  • Add the chopped bell peppers, green peas, and the cooked veggies. If the curry is too thick, add some water to thin it out to your liking. A korma is not too watery. You should have some sauce, but not enough to cover the veggies.
  • Mix well and let the curry come to a boil. Turn down the heat, cover, and let it cook another five minutes.
  • Stir in the blended coconut-poppy-seed paste and the garam masala, if using, and season with salt. Heat through but turn off the stove before the coconut milk boils.
  • In a small saucepan or skillet, prepare the tempering. Heat the remaining 1 tsp oil. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and when they turn a couple of shades darker, add the curry leaves and stir-fry for a minute longer.
  • Turn off the heat and pour the tempering over the korma. Serve.


Additional tips:
  • Stir in ½ cup vegan yogurt at the end of cooking for a slight tang and more complexity to your korma sauce.
  • Garnish with coriander or fresh green mint leaves or even chopped scallions for even more freshness.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3780IU | Vitamin C: 42.7mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.3mg