navratan korma recipe | rich mughlai vegetable navratan korma recipe

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navratan korma recipe - a rich aromatic vegetable curry made with nine ingredients.

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navratan korma recipe

there are both vegetarian as well as non vegetarian versions of preparing navratan korma. this recipe is a vegetarian version of navratan korma.

navratan korma is one recipe which i always dreaded making. just the name of this dish would scare me. it seemed to me a very royal, rich and time consuming recipe. i was wrong. it is such an easy recipe but yes it is rich, royal and delicious.

you can consider making navratan korma for special occasions like expecting a guest at home, birthday party or during festive times like diwali, holi and so on. few more similar mughlai recipes posted on the blog are:

  1. paneer do pyaza
  2. kaju khoya
  3. shahi paneer korma
  4. shahi paneer recipe.

do you know why this recipe is called as navratan korma?  the dish is named as a tribute to the original navratan- the nine jewels or the nine courtiers of the mughal emperor akbar.

by the way for all those who do not know hindi, ‘nav’ means nine and ‘ratan’ means a jewel. so the english translation of navratan is nine jewels. and korma or kurma is a dish with a yogurt, cream, nuts and seeds paste or a coconut base. 

so you see this navratan korma recipe is a dish made with nine jewels. these nine jewels can be an assortment of nine veggies or nine garnishing ingredients.

i usually make this korma with 5 to 6 veggies. you can choose your choice of mixed veggies. you can also choose to have a mix of 9 different veggies.

i have used 9 ingredients for the garnish. the garnish consists of nuts, seeds, herbs and pineapple. one fruit that is added to navratan korma is pineapple. i have had navratan korma many times in the mumbai restaurants and always without fail, there would be pineapple in the korma. but with pineapple you have to be careful. since we are using yogurt and cream in this dish, the pineapple has to be added in the garnishing. if you mix it with the korma, then you should serve immediately. otherwise even if you serve after some minutes, then you get bitter notes in the korma.

adding pineapple is optional. so don’t add pineapple if you do not like a sweet taste in a creamy dish. another ingredients that can be added is paneer.

what goes in the making of navratan korma is nutritious, but is rich and heavy too. there is cream, yogurt and also an rich paste made with melon seeds, cashew, almonds and poppy seeds.

navratan korma is an easy recipe because after you are done with making the paste. then all you have to do is brown the onions with whole garam masala, add the paste, curd, veggies and let the korma simmer till the veggies are cooked.

all in all this shahi navratan korma is a dish to be thoroughly enjoyed on festive occasions like diwali or holi. so i thought of sharing this rich and royal recipe with all of you on the occasion of holi. the recipe has been adapted from jiggs kalra’s book “prashad – cooking with indian masters”.

serve navratan korma with tandoori roti, naan, chapatis or parathas. it also goes well with jeera rice.

if you are looking for more curry recipes then do check:

veg navratan korma recipe below:

navratan korma recipe
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navratan korma recipe | mughlai vegetable navratan korma recipe

navratan korma recipe - a rich aromatic vegetable curry made with nine ingredients.

course main course
cuisine indian, mughlai
prep time 40 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour 10 minutes
servings 5 to 6
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

veggies for navratan korma

  • 2 medium carrots - peeled and chopped OR 70 grams carrots OR about ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup shelled peas or frozen peas (matar)
  • 1 large potato OR 2 medium potato OR ¾ cup chopped potatoes or 150 grams potatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped green beans OR 40 to 50 grams beans OR 10 to 12 beans
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower (gobi florets) - optional
  • 8 to 9 babycorn - chopped (optional)

other ingredients for navratan korma

  • 2 medium sized onions sliced OR ½ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 to 3 green chilies (hari mirch) - chopped
  • ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste OR 5 to 6 garlic and ¾ inch ginger - crushed to a a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ½ cup fresh curd (dahi or yogurt) OR 100 grams curd
  • cup fresh low fat cream OR 3 to 4 tablespoon whipping cream
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 cup water or add as required
  • salt as required

for the royal paste

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 10 to 12 almonds (badam)
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju)
  • 1 tablespoon melon seeds (magaz)
  • ¼ cup water for grinding to a paste or add as required

whole garam masala

  • 2 to 3 green cardamom (choti elachi)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elachi)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 inch stick of cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 single strands of mace (javitri)

for the garnish

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 6 to 7 almonds - blanched and peeled
  • 10 pistachois (pista)
  • 10 cashewnuts (kaju)
  • 10 walnut halves
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish)
  • ½ cup chopped pineapple OR 2 to 3 pineapple slices - chopped
  • ½ tablespoon melon seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • a pinch of saffron strands (kesar)
  • 2 teaspoon ginger julienne

how to make recipe

preparing the paste

  1. soak all the dry fruits and seeds in hot water for 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. remove the peels from the almonds and add the peeled almonds in a grinder jar.
  3. then drain the remaining nuts-seeds mixture and also add them to the grinder jar.
  4. add 1/4 cup water and grind to a smooth fine paste. add more water if required while making the paste. keep this paste aside.

making korma

  1. heat ghee in a handi or a deep pan. add all the whole garam masala mentioned above and fry till they crackle and become aromatic.
  2. add the sliced onions and saute them till they turn golden
  3. now add the ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chilies. saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  4. now add the nuts-seeds paste and curd. stir well.
  5. then add turmeric and red chili powder. stir again.
  6. stir and saute for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame. do stir often so that the mixture does not get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  7. then add the mixed veggies. stir.
  8. next add 1 cup water. season with salt. mix very well.
  9. cover and simmer the veggies till they are cooked.
  10. once the veggies are cooked, add the cream and stir it with the rest of the korma, switch off the flame.
  11. sprinkle garam masala powder. cover and keep aside.

garnishing navratan korma

  1. heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small frying pan. add 6 to 7 blanched almonds (you can soak these almonds when soaking the nuts for the paste).
  2. saute almonds till they turn a pale golden.
  3. take them to one side of the pan and now add 10 pistachios, 10 cashews, 10 walnut halves. saute till the cashews turn a light golden.
  4. now add 1 tbsp raisins & ½ tbsp melon seeds. saute for some seconds.
  5. then add ½ cup chopped pineapple cubes. saute for a minute.
  6. next add 1 tbsp mint leaves, a pinch of saffron strands/kesar and 2 tsp ginger julienne.
  7. saute for half a minute.

serving navratan korma

  1. while serving garnish the korma with the sauteed garnishing ingredients. serve navratan korma with tandoori roti, naan, chapatis or parathas. it also goes well with jeera rice.

recipe notes

tips for making navratan korma

  1. if you do not have melon seeds, still you can make the korma with the rest of the ingredients. just increase 1 tbsp of almonds and 1 tbsp of cashew.
  2. always soak the poppy seeds before blending. or else they take a lot of time to be ground finely.
  3. adding pineapple is optional. so don’t add pineapple if you do not like a sweet taste in a creamy dish.
  4. you can also add paneer in it.
  5. you can choose your choice of mixed veggies or you can also choose to make navratan korma with a mix of 9 different veggies.

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step by step veg navratan korma recipe:

1. take 1 tbsp poppy seeds/khus khus, 10 to 12 almonds/badam, 10 to 12 cashews/kaju and 1 tbsp melon seeds/magaz in a bowl.

khus khus for navratan korma recipe

2. add enough hot water and soak for 30 to 40 minutes. when the nuts-seeds are soaking, you can chop the veggies.

making navratan korma recipe

3. then from this soaked mixture, remove and peel the almonds. add them to the grinder jar.

almonds for navratan korma recipe

4. drain the remaining nuts-seeds and add them also to the jar. add ¼ cup water.

almond for navratan korma recipe

5. grind to a smooth fine paste. add more water if required while grinding to a paste. keep the nuts and seeds paste aside.

paste for navratan korma recipe

6. heat 2 tbsp ghee in a deep bottomed pan.

ghee for navratan korma recipe

7. add the whole spices – 2 to 3 green cardamom, 1 black cardamom, 3 cloves, 1 inch stick of cinnamon, 1 tej patta and 2 single strands of mace. saute the spices till they become aromatic.

spices for navratan korma recipe

8. then add ½ cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for navratan korma recipe

9. stir and saute the onions on a low to medium flame.

onions for navratan korma recipe

10. when the onions are caramelizing, take ½ cup fresh curd/dahi/yogurt (100 grams) in a small bowl, with a spoon or a small wired whisk, beat it till smooth. keep aside.

curd for navratan korma recipe

11. saute the onions till they turn golden.

onions for navratan korma recipe

12. then add ½ tbsp ginger-garlic paste and 1 chopped green chili.

ginger for navratan korma recipe

13. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

garlic for navratan korma recipe

14. add the ground nuts and seeds paste.

paste for navratan kurma recipe

15. then add the beaten curd and mix well.

curd for navratan kurma recipe

16. now add ½ tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp red chili powder powder.

spices for navratan kurma recipe

17. stir and saute for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame. do stir often so that the mixture does not get stuck to the bottom of the pan.

making navratan kurma recipe

18. now add the mixed veggies.

veggies for navratan kurma recipe

19. stir and mix very well again.

preparing navratan kurma recipe

20. add 1 cup water.

water for navratan kurma recipe

21. mix very well.

preparing navratan kurma recipe

22. season with salt as per taste. cover the pan and allow the veggies to cook.

salt for navratan kurma recipe

23. when the veggies are cooking, you can prepare the garnish and keep aside. for the garnish – heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small frying pan. add 6 to 7 blanched almonds (you can soak these almonds when soaking the nuts for the paste or separately blanch them).

almonds for navratan kurma recipe

24. saute almonds till they turn a pale golden.

almonds for navratan kurma recipe

25. take them to one side of the pan and now add 10 pistachios, 10 cashews, 10 walnut halves. saute till the cashews turn a light golden.

cashews for navratan korma recipe

26. now add 1 tbsp raisins & ½ tbsp melon seeds. saute for some seconds.

cashews for navratan korma recipe

27. then add ½ cup chopped pineapple cubes. saute for a minute.

pineapple for navratan korma recipe

28. next add 1 tbsp mint leaves, a pinch of saffron strands/kesar and 2 tsp ginger julienne.

mint leaves for navratan korma recipe

29. saute for half a minute and keep aside.

making navratan korma recipe

30. it will take 25 to 30 minutes for the veggies to cook. while cooking, if the gravy becomes too thick then do add some water.

making navratan korma recipe

31. when the veggies are cooked, add ⅓ cup cream.

cream for navratan korma recipe

32. stir and mix very well with the rest of the korma. switch off the flame.

making navratan korma recipe

33. lastly sprinkle ¼ to ½ garam masala powder and stir.

making navratan korma recipe

34. while serving garnish the korma with the sauteed garnishing ingredients. serve navratan korma with tandoori roti, naan, chapatis or parathas. it also goes well with jeera rice.

navratan korma veg recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. One time in India they put in banana which was lovely

    • banana can be added. thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe..i tried it out today..and it tasted like authentic restuarant made Navaratna korma! Even better infact.. i made slight changes…waiting for more recipes

    • Welcome Sumanashree. Glad to know this.

  3. soooo yummy. uummmmmmmm ma

  4. Hi Dassana
    I love this simply explained recipe, the korma came out just the way I like. I didn’t add poppyseed and other nuts though. Kudos to you. My first go to site and app for all cooking is your blog. Thanks a ton! Keep it up!

    • thanks a lot reetika. poppy seeds can be given a miss in most recipe where very less amounts of it is used. glad that you liked the korma. happy cooking.

  5. Hi dasana…
    I tried this recipe yesterday for my son’s birthday party and it turned out to b just awesome!!!
    I tried paneer pulav too…n combo was perfect…
    Thnx a zillion for such perfect recipes…
    Thnk u again..
    Regards
    Dipali

    • welcome dipali. glad to know that you liked the recipes.

  6. Hi Dassana,

    I love your app and site, so much in fact that I’m getting a whistling pressure cooker for my birthday!
    I’ve noticed that some recipes call for black cumin in Korma (and other Muglhai recipes).
    Would you recommend this and if so at what point in the recipe should it be added and how much.

    Thanks…David

    • thanks david. glad to know this. happy birthday in advance from our end. You can add 1/2 tsp of caraway seeds for a serving of 2-3 people. it has to be added when you saute the whole spices in oil. black cumin is different than caraway seeds. what i used in my recipes is caraway seeds. caraway seeds is also called as black cumin by some folks but technically both are different. caraway seeds are sauteed just like cumin seeds. i hope i am clear. otherwise feel free to ask any doubts about this.

  7. Hello my name is kanna. I was so impress your page. such a lovely page. Your effort is endless. I just want to ask you if you have any page recommended for me for non vegetarian site please. If you prefer same like your page. Thank you.

    • thank you gowthaman. i have removed your email address for security purpose. you can check this website – http://www.flavorsofmumbai.com/. the blog shares both veg and non veg recipes. i have tried some veg recipes from the website and they were good.

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