Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 1/ Day 1

Theme: Cooking with Colors

Dish: Soy Nilgiri Kurma — Green

Today we are starting the 29th edition of Blogging marathon and my theme for this week is “Cooking with Colors”. We can all agree that we eat with our eyes first and the more colorful a dish is, the more healthier and appealing it is. So for the next three days, I’m going to post dishes that have one featured color ingredient.

For the first day, I’m cooking with the color ‘Green’. I saw this dish being made on a Telugu Cooking show (abhiruchi) and it looked very appealing, so I jotted down the recipe. As I was looking through my notebook for ideas of dishes to make for BM, I saw this recipe and thought this will highlight the color green really well.

This dish tastes very earthy and is quite delicious. It is a little time consuming to make, but ones all the components are ready, the curry takes no time to finish.

This dish has quite a few green ingredients — mint, cilantro, spinach and methi (fenugreek leaves). Then there’s the ground masala with cashews, coconut and poppy seeds that makes the dish creamy and delicious.

I used Soy chunks, but any other protein like paneer or tofu can be used. Mixed Vegetables will taste great too. Here’s how I made it:

Soy Nilgiri Kurma and Dal Rotis

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


Masala Paste 1:
2 tbsp Cashews
2 tbsp Dry grated coconut
¼ cup Poppy seeds
Masala Paste 2:
¼ cup Mint leaves
¼ cup Cilantro
2 – 3 Green chilies
½ tsp Salt
Other Ingredients:
1 cup Spinach Puree
1 cup Methi (fenugreek leaves) – finely chopped
1 cup Soy Chunks
1 Onion – medium, finely chopped
½ tsp Ginger + garlic paste
to taste Red chili powder
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Ground Cumin
to taste Salt


  1. Soak soy chunks in hot water for 5 minutes, squeeze out the water and set aside.
  2. For Masala Paste 1: Soak cashews and dry coconut in warm water for at least 15 minutes. Dry roast poppy seeds on medium flame until lightly golden. Grind these 3 ingredients into a smooth paste using little water.
  3. For Masala Paste 2: Grind all the ingredients until smooth.
  4. Spinach Puree: Cook spinach in tiny bit of oil until wilted, cool and grind to a paste. Alternately spinach can be boiled until tender and then ground to a paste.
  5. Make curry: Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan, add onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add ginger+garlic paste and cook for another minute.
  6. Next add methi (fenugreek leaves) and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add both the masala pastes, red chili powder, salt and spinach puree. Cook covered for 5-6 minutes.
  8. Next add the soaked soy chunks, ground coriander and cumin. Add water if the curry looks too dry. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Serve with roti or rice.

I served this green curry with dal roti. Dal rotis are the perfect and easy way to add protein and nutrition to everyday rotis, just add some cooked and mashed dal to dough and make rotis as usual. Super simple, but super healthy and delicious. You can use any combination of dals, I used toor and masoor dal.

Dal Rotis

  • Servings: 1012-rotis
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: north indian
  • Passive Time: 15 mins
  • Course: breads
  • Cooking Technique: Shallow-Frying
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


2 tbsp Toor Dal
2 tbsps Masoor dal
2 cups Wholewheat flour (Atta)
to taste Red Chili powder
a pinch Asafoetida/ Hing
a pinch Turmeric
½ tsp Ground Cumin
to taste Salt


  1. Pressure cook dals until very tender. Mash into a smooth paste.
  2. Combine all the ingredients along with the dal paste and form into a smooth pliable dough using water as needed. Let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into equal size pieces; roll out into 5-6″ roti and cook on hot griddle until brown spots form on both sides. Serve hot with your favorite curry. They taste great just as is.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 29.

0 thoughts on “Soy Nilgiri Kurma and Dal Rotis”

  1. That is one elaborate dish..but seems worth and I can sense the aromas of the different herbs and spices right here..looks real good.

  2. Such a wonderful combination Pavani. I love green and your dish surelÝ makes me green with the delicious pic 🙂 and dal roti adds to the protein.

  3. That masala paste 1 should have made your house smell heavenly.. And those reflection on your spoon just increases the green color.. awesome pics and a healthy recipe too!

  4. Looks awesome. Its a feast not only for the eyes but for the stomach too. I am guest hosting Healthy Salads till the 11th June ‘2013. Do send me your entries

  5. it came out a lovely color and I love the trees reflected in the spoon. reinforces it coming from nature with all the green herbs in the dish.

  6. it came out a lovely color and I love the trees reflected in the spoon. reinforces it coming from nature with all the green herbs in the dish.

  7. I kept seeing the picture so many times and have actually not yet read the recipe.. such a treat for the eyes… screams healthy…. picture perfect..SowmyaEvent – Authentic Indian Sweets w giveawayEvent – FR – Eggless Baking – Sweet/SavoryEvent – Kid’s delight – Sweet Treats

  8. I think I too have noted it down. Now your curry is waking up my brain cells.:)Really love the color of the dish. Everyone at my home loves soy and have to try this soon.

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