Q is for… Qurma #AtoZChallenge

Qurma

The goodness of vegetables, a taste that is not like the ordinary and a dish that saves my skin on many occasions. When I don’t know what to cook for dinner or I am one dish away from finalizing the menu for a party this Qurma is what comes to the rescue.

I have tweaked the basic recipe here in so many different ways that it tastes and looks different each time.

When this Qurma is a dish for a party menu I add Cream or Coconut Milk and I have a rich tasting gravy. Minus the tomatoes (when I am out of them) and the Qurma tastes different. Add Kasuri Methi, or not, and the taste changes again. Let your imagination run wild even as your taste buds tingle with each new twist to taste.

Being a woman is fun!

Being a quirky woman is a lot more fun!

I have always believed that being quirky or having quirks, that don’t irk, is a sign of confidence. When you’re sure of what you are and enjoy being you, no matter what anyone thinks that’s when you can pat yourself on your back and say, you’ve done well, girl!

I stack currency in my purse according to descending denominations in my wallet, and I have a separate Coin purse as well.

My Handbag carries everything, except the kitchen sink. I stopped carrying a mini sewing kit after it being confiscated many times at airports * grin *

My borderline OCD, because of which I can’t write a single word till my home is spic and span.

My habit of standing up for and rooting for the Underdog even though I have been brutally bitten in return by the same ‘Underdog’ * wider grin *

And, yes, crossing my fingers and making a wish when I see a red postal van and only uncrossing my fingers when I see a black car in motion * grin graduates to a guffaw imagining the horrified expression on you, my readers, face * Learnt this quirk in school, only problem is there are fewer postal vans around these days.

45 Comments

  1. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Shailaja V

    April 20, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Qurma is my mom’s signature dish and one that is a long-standing comfort food for the family 🙂 Absolutely love it for its versatility.

    Your quirks are what make you unique and I think they sound adorable.

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Thanks for reading, Shailaja 🙂

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    Ishieta@Isheeria's

    April 20, 2017 at 8:10 am

    This is A cute post! I wanted to underline so many of the things u wrote! Quirks that don’t irk! Your quirks r seriously cute & funny. U don’t carry a sink! i do the postal van & descending denominations too!!!

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Gemini quirks I guess!:) thanks for reading, Ish!:)

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    Rajlakshmi

    April 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hahahaha you carried a sewing kit… That’s another level of quirkyness I can’t tolerate if footwear is upside down… In fact I used to end up arranging other people’s footwear too

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Oh yes, I have that ulta footwear thing too!:)) Thanks for reading, Raj!:)

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    Amrita

    April 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

    My habit of standing up for and rooting for the Underdog even though I have been brutally bitten in return by the same ‘Underdog’ * wider grin *This one you need to work on.Serious health hazard alert.Your quirks are super cute and make you adorable.The mini sewing kit sounds unbelievable.Loved the Qurma story.Surprisingly I have never had this versatile dish.

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Working on it, Amrita;) Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Mayuri Nidigallu

    anks

    April 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I dont know how to make it! Must look it up now… my party dishes don’t go beyond rajma and paneer… I love the way you put Quirks that dont Irk 🙂

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Thank you for reading, Anks. Qurma is super easy to make, i have shared my recipe on the same post:)

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    Ramya Abhinand

    April 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Now I know what to make for dinner…. this is a favourite in my home…. We all have a quirky side, and thats what makes us individuals right?

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Agree, Ramya. Thanks for reading:)

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    Ashwini Dodani

    April 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    This looks quite delicious. 😀

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    Sreesha

    April 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Your quirks are so cute, M! Aww! 😀

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    Deepa

    April 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Haha..your last quirk reminded me of my daughters who touch everyone’s head when they see a yellow car. I loved your quirks.
    I make qurma too but try different veggies every time.

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Hahahahaha, I like the yellow car quirk! Thanks for reading, Deepa:)

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    Mocktail Mommies

    April 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    After reading your post, I felt like we were sisters in another life. I m equally quirky and gripped with an OCD for cleanliness. Crossing my fingers when I see a red postal van, it just happens as a reflex now. As for Qurma, it’s an all time favourite

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

      High five, Sistah!:) Thanks for reading:)

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    Neha

    April 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    My granny lives in Bangalore and she would serve poori qurma ! I loved that and it had a south indian touch to it.
    Quaint

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Yes, Puri’s are a super accompaniment to Qurma:) Thanks for reading, Neha:)

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    Geethica Mehra

    April 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I read the recipe and going to try it next. I enjoy being a woman of the house where I can fix any recipe issues and the others don’t even get a hint of it.

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Oh yes! Magicians in the kitchen!:) Thanks for reading, Geethica:)

  13. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Tina Basu

    April 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I am LOLing off my couch now – my handbag is also somewhat like that and now has added paraphernalia of Bluey! I like qurmas too

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Glad I made you laugh, Tina:) Thanks for reading!:)

  14. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Shalini

    April 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Oh, I love Qurmas and we always add coconut milk to it.
    A sewing kit? Really? That’s quirky indeed 🙂

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Yes, really:)) Thanks for reading, Shalini:)

  15. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Soumya

    April 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I always thought it was Kurma though.

    I like the dish, but the coconut base gravy makes it difficult for me to digest at times.

    When it comes to quirks, I have a long list of mine. Nice to read yours though 🙂

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Kurma went back to it’s original Urdu spelling for the A to Z – Q ;)))
      Thanks for reading, Soumya:)

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    Sid

    April 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Qurma reminds me of biriyani for some reason. Ideally, it should be salan, but hey, I have weird food choices 🙂
    I remember when I was in London, they used to write Korma on the menu and I used to look at the description to find out what it was. Mostly because I used to always call it Kurma 🙂

    Everyone has quirks – which is what makes them quite unique. The question is finding someone who admires your quirks 🙂

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Hahahah, I like the fact that people are noticing the spelling change :))
      Thanks for reading, Sid:))

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    CREATIVE LIFE STAR

    April 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Fantastic Qurma story penned.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    shubhangi srikanth

    April 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    You used to carry a mini sewing kit? I would be the total opposite of you, I have no OCD for anything, much less cleaning! I do everything at my leisurely pace!!

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:24 am

      You are like my sister then!:) Thanks for reading, Shubhangi!:)

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    Namratha

    April 20, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    You got me at “Quirks that don’t irk and mini-sewing kit”. Love the way you have played with your words that it was a pleasure to read. Should try out the Qurma recipe tweaked my the woman with the quirks!

    Celebrating ‘Women & their work’ all April @NamySaysSo Queen of Tennis, Serena Williams, wins grand slam while pregnant!

    1. Mayuri Nidigallu

      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Namratha. Glad you enjoyed reading the post 🙂

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    Reema D'souza

    April 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I loved your quirks! The coin purse thing- I do that too 😛 And yes Qurma tastes delicious!

  21. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Natasha

    April 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Another unique post from the quirky lass!

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  22. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Geets

    April 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Haha!! Your quirks took me back to the school days when the black and red car and the red postal van was something we hunted on every street! And this is what I like the most about you… you stand up and cheer for everyone and bring so much of enthusiasm and positivity around!

    Cheers

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    Cheryl Sterling

    April 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Quirks are what makes us unique and interesting. Don’t change a thing!

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    bushra

    April 20, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Liked your versatile version of qurma agreed with you totally we must try to innovate things continuously
    Interesting post, enjoyed a lot
    Thanks for sharing
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    AuraOfThoughts-MeenalSonal

    April 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to new dish, shall definitely try it on this weekend 🙂

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    Menaka Bharathi

    April 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Yummy…I always loved my mom’s version of Qurma..It is more of yellowish in colour where she would grind the cinnamon and cloves too..A different version would be trying it soon

    Launching SIM Organics This April
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    *SimpleIndianMom*

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