Pakoda Kurma is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu which is usually served with Rice, Idly and Dosa. Everyone has their unique way of preparing pakodas for kurma either using chana dal or besan flour. In my today's recipe, I have used chana dal and also for a twist, I have included grated sausage which gives a delicious flavour to the kurma. The shape of pakodas will be usually uneven but in my recipe, I have made it into a small equal sized balls. I have used pressure cooker method in this recipe to prepare kurma which can also be replaced with a regular pan. The consistency of the kurma should be little watery before adding pakodas as it absorbs the gravy. The soaked pakodas will be really tasty and personally I love it with Curd rice.
For Pakoda :
4 Sausages, grated ( Small size )
1/2 Cup Chanda dal ( Kadalai parupu )
1 Onion, Finely chopped
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Coconut Paste :
1/4 Cup Coconut grated
1/2 Tsp Khus Khus ( Soak in warm water for few minutes )
For Kurma :
1 Bay leaves
1/2 Tsp Saunf
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
3 Green chillies, slitted
Few Mint leaves
1 Cup Onion paste
1/2 Cp Tomatoes, Finely chopped
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
3/4 Tsp Red chilli powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste
Wash and soak chana dal for an hour.
Drain the water completely and grind it coarsely.
Transfer it to a bowl and add grated sausages followed by onion, coriander leaves, red chilli powder and salt.
Mix well and make small balls out of it.
Deep fry them in batches and keep aside.
Grind coconut and Khus Khus into a fine paste and keep aside.
Heat oil in a cooker and add bay leaves followed by elachi, saunf cinnamon stick and green chillies.
Fry and add mint leaves followed by onion paste and ginger garlic paste.
Saute till the raw smell goes off.
Add the chopped tomatoes followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and coconut paste.
Add one cup of water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
Once the pressure gets released, boil it again for a minute and add the fried pakodas. ( Add water and boil if the kurma is very thick ).
Garnish with coriander leaves and remove from the flame.
Serving Options :
Serve with plain Rice, Idly, Dosa or Roti.