Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Navratan Korma (Mixed veggies and pineapple in a sweet and tangy curry)

Navratan Korma

Navratan Korma as the name suggests is a sweet,creamy  and tangy curry of nine main ingredients : vegetables,cheese ,fruits and nuts all cooked together in a tomato and cream gravy  .It makes a great party dish .There are many ways of making a Navratan korma and with different combinations of veggies but I really love the recipe below .It's really simple too !!

Ingredients :
2 cups mixed vegetables chopped
(cauliflower,beans,carrots,peas and corn)
8-10 cashews
8-10 raisins
1 small 8 oz can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
1/4 th lb paneer cubed (Indian cottage cheese)
1/4 cup tomato sauce /puree
2 green cardamom seeds,5 peppercorns,3 cloves roughly ground together
1 tsp ginger grated
1 tsp garlic grated
4 tbsp heavy cream or 1/4th cup Half n Half
2 tbsp Olive oil
1tbsp curry powder(yellow mild)
1/2 tsp cumin pwdr
1 tsp coriander pwdr
1/2 tsp turmeric pwdr
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions :
Heat olive oil in a non-stick vessel. Roughly grind the cardamom seeds,cloves and peppercorns with a mortal and pestle .Add the ground spices  to the oil and let sizzle for 10 secs.Add the grated ginger and garlic and saute for 30 seconds.Now add  the tomato sauce ,turmeric pwdr,curry,cumin and coriander pwdrs and stir and  cook on a low flame till oil seperates from the mixture .Add the vegetables and stir and coat them well with the sauce.Add 1/4 th cup water,cover and cook on a medium-low flame till the veggies are tender but not mushy around 15-20 mins .In a seperate frying pan saute the cashews and raisins for 1 min and keep aside  . Add more oil to the pan and fry the paneer peices to a golden brown color. Add the heavy cream or Half anf Half (which is half milk and half cream ) to the vegetable sauce  and simmer for 5 mins .Add cashews and raisins and the whole can of pineapple chunks with juice (if using fresh pineapple also add 1 tbsp sugar )and the fried paneer pieces and simmer on a low flame for 5 mins.Serve with naan or rice.

the sauce after adding and cooking the veggies

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This dish is being sent to Festive Foods-Rakhi /Raksha Bandhan


  1. Bookmarking it and surely making it. It looks simply mouth watering :)

  2. Tempting dish....must be very tasty...

  3. looks super yummy....and nice recipe too....this is one of my fav. dish....i also have prepared it...so will post it very soon on my blog...but this version looks super yummy

  4. My fav ,perfect with jeera rice..looks delish...

  5. As a child, I had difficulty in accepting fruit and vegetables as part of one dish. But now I have come to accept and like these combinations and pineapple, specially, is a favorite!
    Korma looks great!

  6. navaratna kurma looks nice and love the addition of pineapple in that

  7. navratan korma looks delicious ,my favorite too...bookmarked ur recipe ...thanks for sharing


  8. Tempting dish..bookmarking this one.

  9. Ragini, this is my favourite curry..looks very delicious..first time to your place..you have a wonderful blog..happy to follow you:-)
    I'm hosting an event for the months Aug to Oct..try to participate..


  10. Nithu thanks for following my blog ..will surely particpate :)

  11. Korma looks delicious..nice presentation.
    1st time here & good to follow you.


  12. Hy Ragini,

    Absolutely stunning and healthy kurma...! I think it is delicious too...:)

    Thanx for this lovely entry..!
    Plz link it to my event announcement page and logo at the end of the post...!

    Keep rocking...:)

    Best Wishes,


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