Named after the nine precious gems/jewels of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, Navratan Korma is a rich curry prepared from nine delectable assortments of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. It is a creamy, flavorful and mildly sweet curry which can be served with roti, or any flavored rice.
I have had different Kurmas or Kormas back in Kerala. But these curries are made of coconut milk. However, Navrathan Korma is made of a richer gravy made of cashew paste. There are different versions of this dish, including non-vegetarian variation. You can find a slightly spicier or sweeter version in different parts of India.
I dreaded making this dish as I believed it would be time-consuming. But no! As I went through and prepared each of the instructions systematically, I realized it was a piece of cake!
How to Make Navrathan Korma at Home
Boil the vegetables and keep aside. Boil onions and cashews together and grind to a rich paste when cooled down. Cook this gravy with dry garam masala and spices, add paneer, veggies, fruits and a little water. Garnish with dry fruits. Easy-peasy!
The nine gems or assortments of this dish could be anything – be it nine vegetables, or nine fruits or nine garnishing ingredients. I have used here five vegetables and four nuts/dry fruits for preparing this dish. I love pineapple in my Navratan Korma, however, I couldn’t get it this time!
Navratan Korma Recipe:
Tips to make a great Navratan Korma:
Adding Pineapple cubes is optional. But it brings a great flavor to the dish. However, add it only just before serving. Else, it turns the curry bitter.
Do not boil the vegetables at the same time. Each has got a different cooking time and it will get mashed if not cooked in different intervals.
You can add other spice powders, but the korma is usually light in flavor.
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