Pakoda korma/Pakora Kurma- A Traditional Tamilnadu Recipe

Do you want to taste the traditional Tamilnadu pakkoda kuruma? Here is a easy method for making pakkoda kuruma, prepare and enjoy this traditional Tamilnadu recipe.

Pakora  Kurma  is undoubtedly one of the more popular dish of South Indian Cuisine..!! This delicious mild curry, which is decandently creamy with smooth texture, makes a real hit party menu in any gathering or functions.

Although, the preparation seems like a complicated dish at first, with all the different spices involved, it is actually not that difficult to try & master..!  Using right ingredients at correct proportion is the key of this recipe.  It goes very well with chapatti, poori, white rice , etc…

Pakoda kurma is a very tasty gravy recipe of Tamilnadu. This is made during the time of deepavalli which suits well for idli. The pakkodas can also be eaten as such and is good for growing children. Try this traditional Tamilnadu recipe Pakoda kurma.

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prep Time : 15 mins        Cooking Time : 30 mins

Serves : 3-4


For Pakoda:

Channa Dal : 1 cup

Fennel seeds : 1 tsp

Onion : 1 small chopped

Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp chopped

Ginger : 1 tsp finely chopped

Garlic : 2 nos crushed

Green Chilly : 2 finely chopped

Salt to taste

Oil to deep fry

For Kurma:

Onion : 1 medium size chopped

Tomato : 2 chopped

Sambar powder : 2 tsp

Turmeric powder : 1 tsp

Fennel Seeds : 1 tsp

Cinnamon : 1 inch

Cardamon : 2 nos

Bay Leave : 1

Salt to taste

Oil : 2 tbsp

For Grinding :

Coconut (grated) : 1/2 cup

Pottukadalai : 2 tbsp

Garlic : 3

Ginger : 1/2 inch

Cashews : 5 – 8 nos


For Pakoda:

  1. Wash and soak channa dal in a water for about 2 hours. Drain the water completely.
  2. Grind it in a mixer, to coarse thick batter by adding salt and fennel seeds.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add finely chopped onion, ginger, crushed garlic, green chilly and coriander leaves. Combine well to thick batter.
  4. Heat enough oil in a pan. Make small lemon sized balls out of the batter and drop them in batches in hot oil.
  5. Deep fry these pakodas till golden brown. Drain and place the pakodas on paper towel. Set aside.

To make korma:

  1.  Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Crack fennel seeds, bay leaf, cardamon, cinnamon stick.
  2. Add onion and saute till translucent. Then add in tomato, salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Cook tomato to mushy. Then add some water and sambar powder. Allow it to boil for 5 mins.4. In mean time, make a coconut paste. Take all ingredients to grind. Add some water and grind to fine paste.

    5. Add this paste to the boiling curry. Allow it to boil for 5 more mins or till raw smells leaves. Finally add fried pakoda. Boil it for 3 more mins. Garnish with coriander leaves.

    Done. A traditional pakoda korma ready to serve. I served it with white rice. It can be serve with chappati, rot, pulao, idly, dosa. Enjoy and share your comments.IMG_20180224_135604

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Bhavana says:

    Ahh..This is new recipe to me…Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank u for stopping by bhavana


  2. Megala says:

    Interesting kurma, seems to be so delicious ! I would definitely try this !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank u megala. Try n let me know how it turns out for u

      Liked by 1 person

  3. mistimaan says:

    Looks too tasty πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. chefkreso says:

    Love trying out new recipes and this one is going to the top of my to-do list πŸ˜€

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank u for stopping by. Do try n let me know how it turns out for u

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ramyarecipes says:

    Nice share, it’s delicious πŸ˜‹

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Love this yummy recipe, will go well with rice or roti!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank u Nisha. Goes well with rice, roti, idly, dosa etc.,


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