Navarathna Korma (A gravy with nuts and vegetables)

Navarathna Korma is a truly rich and delicious gravy. Nava rathna means nine gems and the gravy has nine vegetables, nuts, fruits and cream to make it royal. It is usually served with rotis or jeera rice. Usually on weekends when I am looking for ways to use up remaining veggies, I either make a rice dish or a korma. A nice trick to hide veggies in a colorful gravy too. And the taste is quite different as it has the spicy part from chilies, sweet taste from nuts and cream and apple and gets the crunch from vegetables.

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

Red onion-1
Mixed Veggies like potato, carrots, beans, peas, chayote squash, cauliflower – 1 cup
Green Apple-1
Green chilies-2
Salt – to taste
Garam Masala Powder- 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 tsp
Bay Leaf-1
Olive oil- 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds- 1 tsp

To grind:
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Almonds and cashews- together- 3 tbsp
Whipped cream( heavy cream)- 1/2 cup

To Garnish: Cilantro and fried cashew nuts, raisins(optional)


Finely chop the onion and tomato.

Slice the green chilies into two.

Peel the skin of the apple and chop it into 1″ cubes.

Chop the mixed vegetables into desired shapes or into cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and add Fennel seeds. When they sizzle, add bay leaf, ginger garlic paste and let it cook for a minute. Add the chopped onions, green chilies and stir fry well till onions are pink in color. Add other chopped vegetables and salt and stir fry well.

Add the chopped tomato and the apple and mix them well with the other vegetables. Add garam masala powder, 2 cups of water, cover and simmer till the vegetables are tender(10-15minutes).

In the mean time, grind cashews, almonds and coconut into a fine powder. Add the cream (or milk) and blend them together to make a smooth, fine paste.

When the vegetables are tender and well cooked, add this paste to the pan, mix well. Let it simmer for two minutes. Do not over cook after adding cream and coconut. Switch off. Garnish with fried nuts, raisins and cilantro.

Serve hot with Jeera Rice or Chapatis. We had it with Avocado Pooris.

I am sending this Navarathna Korma to Siri’s JFI-Fennel Event.

This Navarathna korma is also going to MLLA-20, hosted this month by the Crispy Cook, an event started by Susan.

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13 Comments to “Navarathna Korma (A gravy with nuts and vegetables)”

  1. Jagruti says:

    Navratna Korma….whenever i here this word makes me drool….very rich and royal…looks delicious and tempting…:-)) very innovative to use avacado in Puri….

  2. Cham says:

    I love navara.Kurma because it has a different taste slightly a sweet touch with raisin or pineapple! I prefer with rice! Good one!

  3. Priya says:

    Korma looks fantastic Sisteru..kalakita kannu, boostna yenna?? kannula kuda paathathu illa bha..lolz..

  4. simplyfood says:

    Looks delicious and so yummy.

  5. Jaya Wagle says:

    That sounds good Ruchika. I have never made navrattan korma before. Always had it in restaurants. Next time I have people over, I am going to try it.

  6. Redchillies says:

    I still do not have the nerve to mix nuts/fruits along with vegetables. Liked the recipe. I will put this in the to-do list when I get the nerve to try this.

  7. notyet100 says:

    tis looks so so delicious,..

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  9. Hey

    Very yummy prep that is…… Mouthwatering…. I would love them with but obvious rotis…… forever……

    Kindly accept & collect your TOFAS from my space…..


  10. Rachel says:

    This looks scrumptious. Thanks for sending it over to My Legume Love Affair.

  11. Siri says:

    I love Navaratan Koorma.. so rich and healthy. Thanks for sending this to JFI R. 😀


  12. Asha says:

    Good morning! They said it would snow a lot but got 1″ but it’s all gone now, just rain today.

    Love Navratan Korma, sweet and spicy. In Bangalore they add Papaya, Pineapple and banana too. Great entry.

  13. wow, such rich veggie..I love this recipe..yum yum

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