Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Special Occasion and a special Dish - Navratan Korma

Time flies! Today, its 2 years since I got married. For this special occassion, I prepared my hubby's favourite- Navratan Korma. This delicious Mughlai dish gets its name from the diffrent veggies, fruits and nuts used in it ( I may have used more than nine). This prepartion varies from person to person. We like it in a rich white korma sauce. 
Now coming back to the recipe of today post..
Navratan Korma:

Serves 3-4:
You will need:
2 small potatoes.
10-12 cubes of paneer.
2 tbsp chopped green pepper.
2 tbsp green beans, chopped
¼ cup cauliflower florets cut.
1 small carrot chopped.
1 green chilli chopped.
½ tsp grated ginger.
2 tbsp ghee.
1 tsp cumin seeds.
2 cloves.
1 inch cinnamon stick.
2 cardamom pods.
1 small white onion chopped finely.
¼ cup + 10-12 split cashew.
2 tbsp raisins.
¼ cup fresh cream.
½ cup milk.
10-12 cubes pieces of pineapple.
8-10 grapes, halved.
Few glazed cherries to garnish.
Salt to taste.
1 tbsp sugar.
1 tsp white pepper powder.
1 tsp garam masala.


Boil potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, green beans separately till they are 80% done. Drain off the water. Dice the potatoes and keep aside.
Boil the chopped onion and make a paste. Boil the cashew with half of the milk and make a paste. Heat a pan and add ghee. When heated add cumin seeds such that they crack right away. Add the grated ginger, chopped chillies, crushed cardamom pods and cloves and cinnamon stick. Sauté for a few seconds. Now add rest of the cashew splits, paneer cubes and raisins. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion paste. Heat them till the onion is properly cooked and gives out a nice aroma. Add the cashew paste and heat for another 2 minutes. Add sugar, salt, white pepper, rest of milk and fresh cream. Stir in well. Add the chopped green bell pepper. Now add the boiled vegetables (carrots, beans, cauliflower and potatoes) and cook on a slow flame for 3-4 minutes.
Add garam masala and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pineapples and grapes in the end and mix well. Transfer into a serving bowl and decorate with glazed cherries.
Serve hot with naan. It goes well even with Jeera Rice.
Sending this to Priya's CWS- Cardamom Seeds.


  1. Dear Jyo, Congrats on your 2nd wedding Anniversary.

    The Navaratan Korma is my favourite too..loved your combination of veggies and fruits used...yummy dish..

  2. Happy anniversary jyoti,wish you both live happily ever after and may god bless you both....cake looks lovely and so is the kurma, very rich and creamy dish...enjoy your day and take care...

  3. Hey Jyoti,

    Happy wedding anniversary dear.
    Korma looks so delicious and tempting..

    Have a gr8t day!

  4. Happy 2nd wedding Anniversary....navaratan korma looks colorful and delicious....

  5. Happy 2nd wedding anniversary! One of my fav korma, looks tempting with veggies and fruits.

  6. Wow the dishes look so gorgeous and tempting..congrats on ur anniversary....wish a very very happy married life....

  7. Happy anniversary Jyoti, kurma looks so yummy, great for special person in your life...


  8. oh lovely korma...and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  9. Happy Anniversary Jyoti...Navaratan korma looks wonderful...my fav too :-)

  10. Jyothi, congrats on ur 2nd wedding anniversary dear, Thanks for sending this beautiful korma, wat a fabulous dish..Cake looks awesome...

  11. I love navaratana Kurma. I am big fan of sweet, salt taste.

  12. Congrats on yourv 2nd anniversary,Wishing you many more years of joy and happiness.Cake and korma look lovely.I am sure hubby dera will be over the moon.

  13. Happy Anniversary. Wow, I barely remember that '2nd' year it was so long ago for me. How kind of you to share a dish with us to mark this occassion. I have never heard of this before and it quite intrigues me, the picture of all the flavours. I shall give this a try.

  14. Wish you a Happy 2nd Anniversary dear :) cake looks divine, I too love this kurma, love the sweet and hot taste...looks really good :)

  15. Congrats Jyothi on your anniversary. And what a dish to celebrate, especially if it is your hubby's favorite. It is my hubby's favorite too, so will surely prepare it one day.

  16. Wish you both a very happy Anniversary! :)
    The cake and korma both look delectable. I was looking for a good korma recipe. Thanks...

  17. Happy Anniversary Jyothi!
    Mouthwatering kurma.


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