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The word korma or kurma was formed from the language URDU, which meant “BRAISE”. This dish goes back to the sixteenth century from the MOGHUL dynasty. When the MOGHULS invaded India through kyber pass, this dish was brought along with them and was made popular in northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh.
NavRatan Korma means Nine Jewels. This North Indian iconic recipe uses a combination of vegetables, dry fruits and fresh fruits that total up to a minimum of 9. One can choose any vegetables that are compatible with each other along with dry fruits like Cashewnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistas, raisins and fresh fruits such as pineapple, pomegranate. The combination can be a mix of the three groups in any ratio. The flavours of this recipe are very subtle, mild and little on the sweeter side.
- 8 Cauliflower Florets
- 8 French Beans
- 1/4 cup Fresh Peas
- 1/4 cup Sweet Corn
- 1 Carrot
- 50 grams Paneer Cubes
- 15 Cashew Nuts
- 5 Almonds
- 10 Raisins
- few cubes Pineapple
- few seeds Pomegranate
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick
- 5 Black Peppercorns
- 1 Green Cardamom
- 1/4 tsp Shahjeera
- 2 small Onions
- 1/2 cup Fresh Cream
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 2 Green Chillies
- 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Powder
- 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- Water as needed
Warm the milk and soak about 10 Cashew Nuts in it for 30 minutes.
Heat a pan and add 5 to 6 cups of water for boiling.
Chop the french beans and carrot into small pieces and add them to the boiling water. Also, add the peas and corn. Boil for about 5 minutes on full flame.
Add the cauliflower florets as well and let them all boil till almost cooked.
Drain and keep aside till the gravy is prepared.
Chop the onion into quarters. Heat up a half cup of water and add the onion pieces and soaked cashew nuts to it
Boil for a few minutes till the Cashewnuts turn soft. Take them in a mixer jar and grind to a paste.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on low flame. Put in the bay leaf, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cardamom, and Shahjeera.
Let them fry for a minute and then add the Ginger-Garlic paste.
Saute until the slight color change. Then add the onion paste and stir till the raw smell goes away.
Add the green chillies (chopped), coriander powder and cumin seeds powder.
Stir once and then add the boiled vegetables, paneer cubes and salt Also, add about 1 cup of water.
Cover with a lid and simmer till the water evaporates. Add the cream and pineapple cubes.
Whisk just once or twice and shut off the flame.
Heat a small frying pan and add 1 tablespoon of ghee.
Chop the remaining Cashewnuts and almonds coarsely. Toss in the pan and stir-fry until light golden in color.
To serve the Korma, garnish with the fried cashew nuts, almonds, raisins and pomegranate seeds.
Serve immediately with rice, roti or Naan.
After adding the pineapple, it is not advisable to keep for long before serving as it tends to turn bitter.
Use whole spices like tej patta, cinnamon adds a nice aroma and softness to any curry. So whenever you are in mood of having something different add these to your recipes.
Adding cashewnuts to the onion paste helps in giving the required creamy texture to the gravy.
This recipe should be prepared on a slow flame given it has cashewnuts in the gravy. Cahewnuts burn very quickly and cooking on a high flame can impact the flavor.
This recipe is very good for kids as it is not spicy and has lots of vegetables in it.
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