Soya Chunks Vellai Kurma /Meal Maker Vellai Kurma

Vellai Kurma is a popular Chettinadu delicacy made with mixed vegetable,potato or chicken and mutton.Its a rich creamy white colored kurma relished with chappathi and parottos,even with rice.

As green chillies are used to spice up the kurma and the color is pale,hence the name Vellai Kurma.Vellai means White in Tamil.

This kurma is truly an easy to cook dish and can be made in minimum time.Its a great substitute for non veg lovers as the soya chunks resembles and tastes meat.Also I added some fresh green peas along with soya chunks as my kids love it.Let's move on to the recipe......................

                                                                                                     Soya Chunks Vellai Kurma

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Soya Chunks/meal maker
3/4 - 1 cup
Green peas/pachai pattani
1/2 cup
Onion(thinly sliced)
1 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2(slit lengthy)
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1 -2 sprigs
Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1 tsp
2 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
2 petals
Green cardamom/ellakai
Black stone flower/kalpaasi
a small piece
 Fry and grind it to fine paste

6 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
1 inch
4-5 cloves
Fennel seeds/sombu
1.5 tsp
Poppy seeds/kasakasa
1/2 tsp
Roasted gram dhal/pottukadalai
1 tsp
  • Boil the soya chunks in the water with a pinch of salt. Once it cooked completely it will double in size.Put off the flame and rinse it in the cold water and completely squeeze the water.Keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile heat a pan with 2 tsp of oil and fry green chilly,fennel and poppy seeds.Then add the grated coconut,cashews and pottukadalai,fry it for a minute without changing the color.Put off the flame and after cooling grind it to a smooth,fine paste along with water and keep it aside.
  • Now in a pan heat the rest of the oil and do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the sliced onion,green chilly and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Now add the green peas and saute it for couple of minutes.Add in the chopped tomato and cook it until mushy.
  • Now add the ground paste and fry it well for 2 minutes without changing the color.Add the salt and coriander powder to it.Rinse the blender jar with a  cup of water and cook it in a medium flame for 5 minutes.
  • At this stage add in the cooked soya chunks and let it cook for 5 minutes in a slow flame.Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves.Put off the flame and add the lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Serve it with roti or rice.

  • The color of the kurma needs to be in the lighter shade so don't use too much tomato.
  • A tsp of ghee can be used along with oil for an extra rich flavor and taste.
  • The amount of green chillies give is for a medium spice level,can be adjusted as per preference.



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Fantastic Nalini, I love this chittinand white kurma and so wonderful how you have used it in so many different combinations..your pictures are stunning as always!

This is so creamy and delicious. Soya chunks and Green peas makes a great combo.. Delicious share with awesome pics!! I

We make this with potato and green peas and it goes really well with parotta and poori. Your soy chunks version sounds superb!

Everytime when i see a picture of your i feel like grabing from the screen and having it. Simply beautiful clicks and tempting

i am big fan of vella kuruma. As gayathri mention, I do with potato and green peas. Subsituting with soy chuncks is great. Will try your version pa

Even the pale colour of the cute looks divine. Love the interesting combination of spices and all those delicious ingredients together in this curry.

Love this soya chunk version of vellai kurma. Would be perfect with rotis! And such amazing pictures!

What a fantastic recipe , I am passing it on to my daughter who makes soya regularly and is always in a quest of new recipe .
This is such a creamy and attractive one , with absolutely stunning clicks .

This kurma looks so yummy. I love the spices and the options one has of adding a variety of veggies and beans to it.

Wow you remind me of the similar dish I used to make from mushrooms.The taste of this must be fantastic. Another addition to my bookmarks.

Love the creamy texture of gravy.. and addition of poppy seeds,coconut and all.. perfect protein rich recipe.

Chettinad vellai kurma with soya chunks is definitely a super flavourful gravy, and look at the colour and texture of the kurma, so creamy and rich dish Nalini.

I always love ur pics with a white background - makes it come alive ! bookmarkign to try this. am sure it tastes yum with idiyappam or even dosa :-)

There is this restaurant in Chennai named Sangeethas. They serve amazing vellai kuruma and idiyappams. I just love it. This vellai kuruma looks very similar to the one they serve. Fantastic

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