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South Indian Vegetable Curry

This is a mild delicious curry, which accompanies many other dishes.


Serves (4 to 5)


As necessary                   Cooking Oil


Ingredients (A)

teaspoon                      Cumin Seed

teaspoon                      Fennel Seed

teaspoon                      Fenugreek Seed


Ingredients (B)

2 sprigs                            Curry Leaves

1 piece                             Green Chilli (sliced)

5 pieces                           Whole Garlic (peeled)

50 grams                         Onion (sliced)

80 grams                         Tomatoes (chopped)


Ingredients (C)

7 tablespoons                  Fish Curry Powder

1 teaspoon                      Chilli Powder

2 sprigs                           Pandan/ Screw Pine Leaves

1 cup                               Water (mix with the powders above)

As necessary                  Salt


Ingredients (D)             

40 grams                        1st Potatoes
40 grams                        2nd Carrot

20 grams                        2nd Brinjal

20 grams                        3rd Long Beans

30 grams                        4th Cauliflower

15 grams                        5th Sweet Beans


Ingredients (E)

1 tablespoon                   Tomato Sauce

As necessary                  Tamarind Paste

As necessary                  Coconut Milk or Evaporation Milk

1 teaspoon                      Sugar

As necessary                  Water (according to preferred thickness)


Ingredients (F)

2 pieces                           Tomatoes (cut 4)

2 sprigs                           Coriander Leaves

2 pieces                           Green Chillies (sliced)



1. Wash and cut the Ingredients (D), and drain it and leave it aside.    

2. Soak the tamarind from Ingredients (E) in 1 cup of water and take out the seeds and leave it aside.

3. Heat the oil in a cooking pot.

4. Then add in Ingredients (A), after few seconds then add in the Ingredients (B), and fry it till golden brown.

5. Add in the Ingredients (C), and then reduce the flame and fry it till fragrant and oily.

6. Once the masala is done.

7. Then add in the Ingredients (D), in order as shown. Increase the flame if its necessary.

8. Start with Potatoes, after 8 minutes add Carrot and Brinjal, then after 3 minutes add in the rest of the vegetables except sweet beans, add it a minute later; cook it till well.

9. After adding the vegetables immediately add in the Ingredients (E), and simmer it well.

10. Once it is done, finish it off with Ingredients (F), and simmer it well.

11. Add in salt if its necessary.


* Fish curry powder is a mixture of spices only. It is called fish curry powder because it is mostly used in fish and seafood dishes. But it contains no trace of seafood.



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South Indian Vegetable Curry.