Friday, October 1, 2010

Navratan Korma/Navaratna Kurma/Mixture of vegetables in a creamy tangy sauce

Quite the North Indian dish this is, yet, another one that has made its way to the hearts of us Southerners. My daughter so loved it she was glad to eat leftovers too.

Navratan Korma

It's quite a favorite with me because I can make one dish, and be sure it's packed with multivitamins. Oh! well, That's what I would like to think, all healthy and all. But honestly, we are more of a eat good food and well, then if it's too much walk it off kind of people. Then why I like it really is because each spoon of the dish carries a mystery. Let me explain! Until I bite into a vegetable, since there are so many in it, how am I to know what I've got?! See the mystery? I don't know about you ,but I think it is like unraveling a surprise gift and who does not like mysteries and surprise gifts, now!?

Navratan Korma

I do like to make every cooking and eating experience fun and this one has been tremendous.

Ingredients:

Boiled veggies- 5 cups ( I took Bell pepper,Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrot, French beans, Green peas and Potato)
Tomatoes- 3(blanched and pureed)
Oil- 3 to 4 Tbsp
Onions, finely chopped- 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 Tbsp
Garam masala- 2 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder-3 tsp
Red Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Milk- 1 1/2cup
Heavy Cream- 1/4 cup(optional)
Cashews- 2 tbsp
Raisins- 2 tbsp
Ghee- 1 tbsp

Method:

1.Cut the vegetables into cubes and steam them to cook.I usually begin with the veggies that take long time to cook( in this recipe, Potatoes) and keep adding the rest one by one.
2.Blanch the tomatoes by keeping them in boiling water for a couple of minutes and washing immediately with cold water. Remove the skin and puree them.
3.Heat oil in a non stick pan and saute the onion till it turns golden brown.
4.Add the ginger garlic paste into this and saute till the raw smell leaves.
5.Mix in all the spices and saute for a couple of minutes.
6.Pour the tomato puree into this and cook till the oil starts leaving the sides.
7.Pour the milk into this and mix well.This is the time to add any cream if you are using.
8.Heat this mixture till it starts boiling.In another pan fry the cashews and raisins in ghee.Add this to the gravy.
9.Throw in the cooked veggies and cook for 5-6 minutes, or till the gravy gets thickened.Keep in your mind that the gravy gets thicker once it cools down.
10.Serve with roti or nan after garnishing with cream or coriander leaves.

Navratan Korma

Notes:

1.You could add just water instead of milk, but then the gravy won't be that creamy.
2.Heavy cream is optional.
3.You could choose the veggies of your choice.
4.This serves about 12-15 people.(I made this for a party!)
5.I made this keeping the kids in mind, so the gravy is on milder side.
6.You could replace one tomato with a tablespoon of tomato puree, if you would like to have a brighter color.

Contributor: Namitha

46 comments:

  1. Wow nami, Very attractive ,creamy and tasty Kurma!

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  2. That was super quick Sangee.:-) thanks !

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  3. delectable and delightful korma...

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  4. Fingerlicking kurma, makes me drool..

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  5. Very delicious looking korma...its one of my favs too!

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  6. Gorgeous looking Kuruma...Njan ethu Indian restaurantsil ninnnu matre kazhichitullu...Lov ethat bloody color ttoo.

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  7. Beautiful color and looks so so delicous no wonder you daughter even like the left overs. I am sure bookmarking this one.

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  8. droolworthy and yummilicious kurma.

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  9. droolworthy and yummilicious kurma.

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  10. Navaratan korma looks absolute delicious Namitha.

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  11. delicious curry goes well with anything

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  12. Delicious Kurma..looks so inviting

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  13. Delicious kurma Name... And that tomatoes looks so cute...

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  14. Rich creamy kurma...looks delicious.Beautiful clicks

    Simplehomefood.com

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  15. Just yesterday I saw a Indian Navratan Korma ready made pack at Tesco here. Was saying the name is unique!

    And now seeing the dish U've made, it is definitely unique ya! I'm drooling! :D

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  16. Kurma looks gorgeous...I do add cream for this dish to look like restaurant style ...
    Ur pictures are alluring ....

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  17. Mmm! The kurma is very lovely and spicy! Slurp!

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  18. Colour is so attractive and yummy one too...

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  19. i would say its an awesome veg idea while entertaining guests and im always stuck when it comes 2 veggie dishes.

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  20. Such a creamy n delicious gravy...a must try indeed!!

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  21. I love chicken korma, I am sure I would love this variation as well!

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  22. kurma looks perfect.. beautiful presentation !!

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  23. Oooh,..what a tasty & lovely appetizing veggies curry this is!!

    Lovely food!

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  24. Such a beautifully complex dish... I LOVE all the veggies! :-)

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  25. yumm... looks delicious! its a favorite at our house too.

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  26. Yum, this korma looks creamy and tasty... bookmarked! It is my all-time choice whenever we go to our favourite Indian restaurant!

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  27. Its a favourite at our house too :-) Yumm!

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  28. This is one of my fav and you make it more luscious! I am drooling!

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  29. Am drooling over here :) its my fav too...lovely colors and those tomatoes awee cute

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  30. This recipe sounds simple..will try ur version next time..

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  31. Kurma looks beautiful in that red color.Nice recipe Nami.

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  32. nice recipe...Nalla creamy gravy....chechide gardenile tomato anno???

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  33. Looks awesome ..... I', drooling over the pic! yum yum ..

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  36. Mouthwatering! Such a favorite of mine and your version looks wonderful! Will have to try :)

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