Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Navratan korma

"Navratan" means "nine gems" in Hindi language. This dish is named "Navratan korma" as there is medley of nine vegetables .But I had made my variation by adding the seasonal vegetables, fruits and dry fruits. A perfect dish for this spring season...Enjoy it with plain phulkas or Any Indian bread!!

This preparation is for 4 persons
1 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup boiled peas
2 medium size carrots(orange/ red)
2 medium size potatoes
4-5 baby corns
1/2 cup french beans
1/4 cup corn kernels
7-8 cashew nuts
1 tablespoon raisins
5-6 almonds
1/4 cup peanuts
1/2 cup pineapple pieces
1/2 cup cottage cheese pieces(paneer)
1 teaspoon nicely chopped ginger
1 green chili nicely chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder(haldi)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon coriander powder(dhania powder)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder(laal mirch powder)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder(bhuna jeera powder)
1/4 teaspoon refined sugar/powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon asafeotida(hing)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder(jeera)
salt according to taste
2 tablespoon ghee
For garnishing:
chopped coriander leaves
Sliced almonds(optional)
Wash and cut all the vegetables in desired shapes and sizes(prefer small pieces)
cut vegetables for navratna korma
In a kadahi(wok)heat ghee and add hing & jeera. When jeera starts to crack, add ginger and chili.
Add the dry fruits(except the raisins), and saute for a minute on medium flame.
dry fruits added 
Add all the vegetables,paneer and fruits and mix well.
cooking vegetables
Add all the spices one by one and mix well with the vegetables. Add about 1/4 cup of water and let the vegetables cook on low flame.(takes about 20-25 minutes).Stir in between.
adding spices
after 20 minutes cooking
Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves and sliced almonds.

Colorful "Navratna Korma" is ready!!. 
Optional notes:
One can add any other variety of vegetable ,I prefer not to add capsicum to this as its flavor does not blends with this dish.

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