firstly, for the masala, grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste with some water. cashews are added to give thickness to the gravy.
also add coriander leaves and coconut while making a paste.
heat oil in pan; temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves.
add finely chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent.
now add all the veggies of your choice and cook with some salt and water. you can even pressure cook them if you want.
cooking veggies takes atleast 10 minutes.
furthermore, add the masala paste prepared previously.
mix and allow it to boil well for 5 minutes. the raw smell of coconut has to disappear.
in addition, add water to get the desired consistency.
finally, serve hot with poori, rava idli, set dosa, chapati or even plain rice.