May 25, 2010

Navratan Korma

Navratan Korma is a Mughlai Dish generally served with naan or parotha or kulchas.

The name Navratan means nine gems so this korma is made by using nine kind of vegetables , dry fruits & paneer.


  • 4 tbsp oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup cashews & raisins
  • 1 cup paneer cubes
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped or fine paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 tomatoes chopped or paste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup peeled, cubed potato
  • 10-12 french beans chopped in to 1-2 inches
  • 2 medium carrots chopped into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium-sized green bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1" squares
  • 1 cup pineapple cubes (optional)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream or sour cream
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut all the vegetables & boil in a microwave or in pressure cooker. In microwave cook for 10-15 min. In pressure cooker make two whistles.
  • Heat a deep pan on medium flame and add 1 tsp of butter to it. Now add the cashews & raisins and fry till slightly darker. Remove and keep aside on paper towels, for later use.
  • Do the same for the paneer cubes and keep aside for later.
  • In the same pan, add the remaining butter and heat. Now add the onion paste and fry till slightly browned.
  • Add the garlic and ginger pastes and fry for 1 minute. Now add the tomato paste and fry for another 1 minute.
  • Add all the spice powders and fry the masala till the butter begins to separate from it.
  • Stir often to keep the masala from sticking to the pan and burning.
  • Now add 1 cup of warm water to this masala and mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add all the vegetables, pineapple, paneer and previously fried cashews & raisins. Mix gently but well making sure not to mash or break the pieces of the vegetable. Cook till veggies are done.
  • Add the cream, season with salt to taste, stir and turn off heat.
  • Serve with hot roti or naan.

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