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.
Mixed Veggies like potato, carrots, beans, peas, chayote squash, cauliflower – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Garam Masala Powder- 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 tsp
Olive oil- 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds- 1 tsp
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.
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