Simple Kurma Recipe - Dosa Side Dishes

What makes dosas irresistible is the side dish. Sometimes, it is a spicy potato curry. It can also be a fiery hot chutney. However, we all want some variety on our plates now and then. If you are looking for a new dosa side dish, a simple kurma is just what you need. This dosa side dish recipe is very easy. You can make a delicious kurma in no time. So, even on busy days, you can make sure that you serve something exciting and lip-smacking for your whole family.

Simple Kurma Recipe Info:

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

15 mins

Total Time

25 Mins




Side dish

SImple Kurma Ingredients (4 Servings):

For the Masala:

  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 inch of garlic
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1/2 coconut, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 3 red chillies, dried
  • 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel
  • 1 tablespoon of roasted gram dal
  • 1/2 cup of water

For the Kurma:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/2 an inch of cinnamon
  • 3 pods of cardamom
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion
  • 1 slit green chilli
  • 1/2 tomato finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped coriander leaves

Step-by-Step Instructions:

To Prepare the Masala:

  • To make the masala for this dosa side dish, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and sauté the crushed garlic and 1-inch piece of ginger.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté well till they become soft.
  • Add the tomato and continue to sauté till it becomes mushy.
  • Add the coconut, dried red chilli, coriander seeds, poppy seeds, fennel and roasted gram dal and fry.
  • When the spices release their aroma, turn the heat off. Let the masala cool down completely.
  • Then, blend it to make a smooth paste adding 1/2 a cup of water. Set the masala aside.

To Prepare the Kurma:

  • In a large pan or kadhai, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and sauté the cinnamon, cardamom and curry leaves.
  • Add the onions set aside for this dosa side dish and the chilli. Sauté well till they become soft.
  • Add the chopped tomato and sauté till it becomes mushy.
  • Mix in the masala, turmeric, and salt. Let it fry until it becomes aromatic.
  • Add 3 cups of water or as needed for the desired consistency.
  • Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add the chopped coriander seeds and mix well.
  • When the masala is fully cooked, take it off the heat. Your special dosa side dish is ready to serve.

A dash of lemon juice elevates the flavours of this dosa side dish. You can add a few drops before serving it with dosas or idlis. This kurma is also the perfect match for a piping hot bowl of fluffy rice with your favourite pickle on the side.