Veg Kolhapuri, a mixed vegetable curry with thick and spicy coconut based gravy, is a popular dish of Maharashtrian cuisine and is often found in almost all north Indian restaurant menus. Kolhapur is famous for growing and farming of hot red chillis and this curry lives up to its name as it has very aromatic and spicy flavor that it gets from a specially blended curry masala power. This Veg Kolhapuri recipe’s unique process of first preparing Kolhapuri curry masala with dry roasted red chillis, coconut and few other spices and then cooking boiled/steamed mixed vegetables like French beans, carrot, potato, green peas, capsicum, tomato, onion etc, with it in milk gives it an authentic flavor, taste and texture. The step by step photos, detailed directions and tips given in this recipe makes preparing it at home super easy and allows you to customize it to your liking.
Ingredients for Masala:
1/3 cup Dry Coconut, grated or thinly sliced
1 teaspoon Dry Coriander Seeds
2 Dry Kashmiri Red Chilli* (or less)
1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds (or watermelon seeds or 3 cashew nuts)
1½ teaspoons Sesame Seeds (til)
1/2 inch piece of Cinnamon
3 Black peppercorns, optional
Seeds of 1/2 Black Cardamom (or 1 green cardamom)
Ingredients for Sabji:
1/3 cup Potato, cut lengthwise
1/3 cup French Beans, cut into long pieces
1/3 cup Green Peas (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup Carrot, cut lengthwise
1/3 cup Capsicum, cut lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon Fennel Seeds (saunf)
1 large Onion, sliced (approx. 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
1 medium Tomato, finely chopped (approx. 1/3 cup)
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
1/3 cup Milk, optional (or 1/3 cup water)
1/3 cup Water
2 tablespoons Oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves, for garnishing
Note: This curry tastes very spicy. If you don’t want it to be spicy then add only 1/2 dry Red Kashmiri chilli instead of 2 chilies or just skip adding it or add red chilli powder. Add red chilli powder as per your taste along with turmeric powder in step-7.
Dry roast all ingredients listed in masala section above (coconut, dry coriander seeds, dry kashmiri red chilli, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns and black cardamom seeds) in a pan until masala releases nice aroma; it will take around 1-2 minutes.
Transfer them in a plate and let them cool at room temperature.
Add roasted spices in a small jar of a mixer grinder and grind until smooth powder.
Cut all the vegetables lengthwise. Boil potato, french beans, carrot and green peas in salted water until 90% cooked. They should be crunchy and not mushy after cooking. It will take around 7-8 minutes. (You can also steam cook them instead of boiling them in water)
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan over medium flame. Add fennel seeds and sauté for 15 seconds. Add sliced onion and sauté until it turns translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add sliced capsicum, chopped tomato and salt.
Sauté until tomatoes turn soft. It will take around 3-4 minutes.
Add masala powder (prepared in step-3) and turmeric powder.
Mix well and cook for a minute.
Add steamed/boiled vegetables. If you have not added salt while steaming/boiling veggies, add salt to taste.
Stir and cook for 2-minutes.
Add 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup water.
Cook until you get the desired consistency of gravy or for around 4-5 minutes. Turn off the flame and garnish Veg Kolhapuri Sabzi with fresh coriander leaves.
Taste: Very Spicy with mild coconut flavor
Serving Ideas: Serve veg kolhapuri with butter garlic naan, sliced onion salad and a glass of lassi in lunch or dinner. It can also be served with phulka roti, chapatti or paratha.